Commons Private Members’ Bills: 23 January 2015

Commons Private Members’ Bills: 23 January 2015
23 January 2015

MPs are to debate a number of Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 23 January 2015, starting with Mark Spencer's Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill.

Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available three hours after they happen in Today’s Commons Debates.

Debates on Private Members’ Bills

The following Bills are scheduled for debate today:

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill: Report Stage 

This Bill, is sponsored by Mr Mark Spencer MP, seeks to make provision about the procedure for conducting investigations under Part 3 of the Local Government Act 1974; and to make provision for cases where an authority to which that Part applies takes a decision that affects the holding of an event for a reason relating to health or safety.

If proceedings on this Bill end before 2.30pm, the second Bill and, possibly, subsequent Bills may be debated in the time remaining. After 2.30pm, only those Bills which are unopposed may make further progress.

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision for a national referendum on whether the proposed construction of the HS2 railway should be supported financially by the UK taxpayer. 

Overseas Voters Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision to facilitate an increase in the registration of voters resident overseas who are eligible to participate in United Kingdom Parliamentary elections; to extend the criteria for eligibility to register as an overseas voter and to enable those registered as overseas voters to cast their votes through use of the internet; and for connected purposes.

Working Time Directive (Limitation) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to limit the application of the EU Working Time Directive; and for connected purposes.

Zero Hours Contracts Bill: Second Reading [Day 2]

The Bill started its second reading debate on Friday 21 November 2014, but the debate was adjourned.

This Bill, sponsored by Ian Mearns MP, seeks to limit the use of zero-hours contracts; and for connected purposes.

United Kingdom Parliament (Sovereignty and Jurisdiction over Borders) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Sir William Cash MP, seeks to make provision for the supremacy of the sovereignty of the United Kingdom Parliament in relation to the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union, including matters in respect of borders and immigration; and for connected purposes.

Household Safety (Carbon Monoxide Detectors) Bill: Second Reading [Day 2]

The Bill started its second reading debate on Friday 12 September  2014, but the debate was adjourned.

This Bill, sponsored by Andrew Bingham MP, seeks to introduce a requirement that a functioning carbon monoxide detector must be installed in all newly built and all rented residential properties; and for connected purposes.

Funeral Services Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck MP, seeks to require the Secretary of State to undertake a review of funeral affordability and costs; to require the providers of funeral services to offer a Simple Funeral Service; to require the Secretary of State to make certain arrangements relating to Funeral Payments; and for connected purposes.

Women’s Refuges (Provision and Eligibility) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Norman Baker MP, seeks to require provision of women’s refuges in certain areas; to set out requirements of local councils relating to women’s refuges; and for connected purposes.

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [Lords]: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Sir George Young MP, seeks to make provision empowering the House of Lords to expel or suspend members.

Bat Habitats Regulation Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision to enhance the protection available for bat habitats in the non-built environment and to limit the protection for bat habitats in the built environment where the presence of bats has a significant adverse impact upon the users of buildings.

Energy (Buildings and Reduction of Fuel Use) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Dr Alan Whitehead MP, seeks to require the Secretary of State to draw up and publish an Energy in Buildings Strategy; to require the Secretary of State to take reasonable steps to implement that Strategy; to require the Secretary of State to set cost-effective targets to reduce fuel use; and for connected purposes. 

Houses in Multiple Occupation (Energy Performance Certificates and Minimum Energy Standards) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Dr Alan Whitehead MP, seeks require the Secretary of State to make regulations about the renting out of houses in multiple occupation; to require landlords to provide energy performance certificates to prospective tenants; to set minimum energy efficiency standards for the letting of houses in multiple occupation; and for connected purposes.

Sugar in Food and Drinks (Targets, Labelling and Advertising) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Geraint Davies MP, seeks to require the Secretary of State to set targets for sugar content in food and drinks; to provide that sugar content on food and drink labelling be represented in terms of the number of teaspoonfuls of sugar; to provide for standards of information provision in advertising of food and drinks; and for connected purposes

Defence Expenditure (NATO Target) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision about the meeting by the United Kingdom of the target for defence expenditure to constitute a minimum of 2% of Gross Domestic Product; to make provision that the definition of defence expenditure is subject to independent verification; and for connected purposes.

Convicted Prisoners Voting Bill: Second Reading [Day 2]

The Bill started its second reading debate on Friday 5 December 2014, but the debate was adjourned.

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision for rules relating to the exclusion of convicted prisoners from participation in Parliamentary and Local Elections.

Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision to restrict the entitlement of non-UK citizens from the European Union and the European Economic Area to taxpayer-funded benefits.

Road Traffic Regulation (Temporary Closure for Filming) Bill: Second Reading [Day 2]

The Bill started its second reading debate on Friday 7 November 2014, but the debate was adjourned.

This Bill, sponsored by Iain Stewart MP, seeks to make provision for the restriction or regulation of traffic on roads in connection with filming; and for connected purposes.

Illegal Immigrants (Criminal Sanctions) Bill: Second Reading [Day 2]

The Bill started its second reading debate on Friday 24 october 2014, but the debate was adjourned.

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision for criminal sanctions against those who have entered the UK illegally or who have remained in the UK without legal authority.

House of Lords (Maximum Membership) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to provide for a maximum limit on the number of Peers entitled to vote in the House of Lords; and to provide for a moratorium on new appointments.

EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to require an independent audit of the benefits and costs of UK membership of the European Union.

Wild Animals in Circuses Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, seeks to prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses; and for connected purposes. 

Related Information

About Private Members’ Bills

Private Members' Bills are Public Bills introduced by MPs and Lords who are not government ministers. As with other Public Bills, their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population.

A minority of Private Members' Bills become law but, by creating publicity around an issue, they may affect legislation indirectly.

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