Lords private members' bills

05 February 2015

The House of Lords will consider three private members' bills on Friday 6 February. The bills cover international development, health and social care and housebuilding.

A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill

Committee stage: Friday 6 February

Second reading: Friday 23 January

A bill to put into legislation the target of spending at least 0.7% of national income on aid. The bill would also require the secretary of state to make arrangements for the independent evaluation of aid spending.

Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill

Second reading: Friday 6 February

A bill covering the safety of health and social care services in England, the bill includes measures on the:

  • integration of information relating to users of health and social care services in England
  • sharing of information relating to an individual for the purposes of providing that individual with health or social care services in England
  • removal of individuals convicted of certain offences from the registers kept by the regulatory bodies for health and social care professions
  • objectives of the regulatory bodies for health and social care professions and the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
  • disposal of cases concerning a person’s fitness to practice a health or social care profession.

Find out more about the Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill

Second reading: Friday 6 February

The bill includes measures to:

  • make local authorities keep a register of individuals and community groups who have expressed an interest in acquiring land for self-build and custom-build projects
  • take account of and make provision for the interests of those on these registers in developing their housing initiatives and their local plans
  • allow volume house builders to include self-build and custom-build projects as contributing towards their affordable housing obligations, when in partnership for this purpose with a Registered Social Landlord

Find out more about the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill

Other Private Members' Bills currently going through the Lords include:

Specialist Printing Equipment and Materials (Offences) Bill

Second reading: Friday 23 January

A bill to make provision for an offence in respect of specialist printing equipment and related materials; and for connected purposes.

Medical Innovation Bill

Third reading: Friday 23 November 

Committee stage: Friday 24 October

Second reading: Friday 27 June

A bill to encourage responsible innovation in medical treatment.

Mutuals' Redeemable and Deferred Shares Bill

Committee stage: Friday 21 November

A bill to permit and facilitate the use of new and additional classes of redeemable share capital and deferred share capital; to provide consequential rights to members of such societies or insurers; and to restrict the voting rights of certain members who hold such shares.

Second reading: Friday 24 October

Divorce (Financial Provisions) Bill

Committee stage: Friday 21 November

A bill to amend the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and make provision in connection with financial settlements following divorce.

Second reading: Friday 27 June

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill

Committee stage: Friday 21 November

A bill to empower the House of Lords to expel or suspend members.

Second reading: Friday 24 October

Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill

Second reading: Friday 21 November

A bill to amend the Equality Act 2010 to improve access to public buildings and introduce six and twelve inch rules for step-free access.

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