Ballot Bills since 1997

Published Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Results of the 2015 Private Members’ bills ballot and spreadsheet showing results from previous sessions since 1997

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The ballot procedure is one of three ways a back-bench MP can introduce legislation, known as Private Members’ Bills, The ballot is held on the second sitting Thursday of the session. Members successful in the ballot present their titles and nominate a date for Second Reading on the fifth sitting Wednesday of the session.

The time set aside by the House for consideration of Private Members' legislation is limited by a Commons Standing Order [SO.14(9)] to 13 Fridays in each session. The first seven of those Fridays are reserved for Second Reading debates. Therefore bills that have made progress take precedence. Members drawn high in the ballot can nominate the first seven Fridays for their Second Reading and consequently their bills have more chance of making progress.

For more information on procedure for public bills in Parliament, including the various types of Private Members’ Bills, see the Commons briefing on Public Bills in Parliament. For statistics on the number of Private Members’ Bills and Government Bills introduced and the number gaining Royal Assent, see the Commons briefing on Summary of public bills introduced since 1983-84.

The full report gives the results of the 2015 ballot and the spreadsheet lists the results of Private Members’ bills ballot since the 1997-98 parliamentary session.


Commons Briefing papers SN04055

Author: Sarah Priddy

Topics: House of Commons, Legislative process, Parliamentary procedure

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