Draft Bills before Parliament

The Government publishes a number of Bills each parliamentary session in draft form before they are introduced in Parliament as formal Bills.

Draft Bills 2010-12

Listed on this page are the Draft Bills published by the Government so far in this parliamentary session (2010-12). Also published are select and joint committee reports, Government responses to select or joint committee reports or consultations, if available.

Draft Civil Aviation Bill

The Department for Transport published on 23 November 2011 a draft Bill to help implement the Government’s plans for modernising key elements of the regulatory framework for civil aviation in the United Kingdom.

Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills

The Home Office published two Draft Bills on February 2011 relating to the detention of terrorist suspects.

A Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament has been appointed to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extensions) Bills.

Draft Defamation Bill

The Ministry of Justice published in March 2011 a consultation document relating to a Draft Defamation Bill. The consultation document includes the text of the Draft Bill.

A Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament has been appointed to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Defamation Bill. 

Draft Electoral Administration Provisions

The Cabinet Office published in July 2011 explanatory notes and draft clauses which would extend the electoral timetable for UK Parliamentary elections from 17 to 25 working days.

Further Draft Electoral Administration Provisions

The Cabinet Office published in September 2011 explanatory notes and draft clauses to remove the automatic postponement of parish and community council elections in England and Wales that currently occurs when a Parliamentary or European Parliamentary general election falls on the ordinary day for local government elections.

Draft Enhanced Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill

The Government published the Draft Enhanced Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill (Cm 8166) on 1 September 2011.

Draft Financial Services Bill

HM Treasury published on 16 June 2010 a White Paper and draft Bill to reform financial regulation in the UK.

A Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament has been appointed to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Financial Services Bill.

Draft Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published on 24 May 2011 a draft Bill to create a Groceries Code Adjudicator and the purpose of the Adjudicator will be to enforce and oversee the Groceries Code in the ways described in the Bill.

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill

The Cabinet Office published in May 2011 a White Paper and Draft Bill containing proposals for a smaller, reformed House of Lords.

A Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament will conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill.

Draft Recall of MPs Bill

The Cabinet Office published on 13 December 2011 a draft Bill proposing to introduce a power of recall, allowing voters to force a by-election where an MP is found to have engaged in serious wrongdoing and having had a petition calling for a by-election signed by 10% of his or her constituents.

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Related information

A Draft Bill is published to enable consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny. After consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny has taken place, the Draft Bill may be introduced formally in House of Commons or the House of Lords.

Most Draft Bills are examined either by select committees in the House of Commons or in the House of Lords or by a joint committee of both Houses of Parliament.

Draft Bills that were published in previous parliamentary sessions are available to view.