An Overview of Bills Presented during the Last Session of Parliament

BILLS STARTED IN THE COMMONS

IN INITIAL STAGE

HIGH SPEED RAIL (LONDON – WEST MIDLANDS) BILL 2013-14 TO 2015-16

Hybrid Bill
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Department for Transport

Last event: Instruction: House of Commons 23 June, 2015 | 23.06.2015

The Bill has been committed to a select committee.

High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill Select Committee (Commons)

MPs agreed a third Instruction to the Select Committee in the House of Commons Chamber on 23 June 2015.

The carry-over motion of 29 April 2014 included procedures relating to the suspension of the Bill at the end of the 2014-15 session, and resuming the Bill in the 2015-16 session.

A second carry-over motion and second instruction to the select committee were agreed by the House of Commons on Tuesday 9 September 2014.

Bills carried over to the following session are given a formal first and second reading without any debate in the new session before proceedings on the bill resume. The Bill was given a formal first and second reading and committed to a select committee on 28 May 2015.

On 25 November 2013 the Government published the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill. The Bill confers the powers required to construct phase 1 of the proposed HS2 scheme from London Euston to Birmingham Curzon Street with intermediate stations in West London (Old Oak Common) and at Birmingham Airport. It provides for a connection to the existing rail link to the Channel Tunnel (HS1) but not to Heathrow Airport.

Key areas

* authorisation of necessary works to construct and maintain phase 1 of the HS2 line (powers to carry out these works are conferred on a nominated undertaker (HS2 Ltd.))
* power to acquire land (and limited rights in land) necessary for the works to be carried out
* deeming of planning permission to be granted for the works
* deregulation of works on HS2 (the disapplication of certain powers contained in other legislation)
* railways matters, essentially the application of existing legislation to HS2 and the future regulatory regime for the line
* facilitating works on conventional lines to integrate them with HS2.

This is a Hybrid Bill, meaning that it has elements of both a Public and a Private Bill. If the Bill is given a Second Reading, those directly and specially affected by the construction of the route will be able to petition a specially-convened Select Committee on the Bill. Comments are currently being accepted on the Environmental Statement deposited with the Bill; after Second Reading those affected will be able to petition.

COMMONS SECOND READING

NATIONAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS (RATE CEILINGS) BILL 2015-16

Government Bill
George Osborne
HM Treasury

Last event: 1st reading: House of Commons 1st reading: House of Commons 14 July, 2015 | 14.07.2015
Next event: 2nd reading: House of Commons 2nd reading: House of Commons | Date to be announced

A Bill to set a ceiling on the main and additional primary percentages, the secondary percentage and the upper earnings limit in relation to Class 1 national insurance contributions.

TRADE UNION BILL 2015-16

Government Bill
Sajid Javid
Business, Innovation and Skills

Last event: 1st reading: House of Commons 1st reading: House of Commons 15 July, 2015 | 15.07.2015
Next event: 2nd reading: House of Commons 2nd reading: House of Commons | Date to be announced

To make provision about industrial action, trade unions, employers’ associations and the functions of the Certification Officer.

COMMONS COMMITTEE STAGE

WELFARE REFORM AND WORK BILL 2015-16

Government Bill
Iain Duncan Smith
Work and Pensions

Last events:
2nd reading: House of Commons 2nd reading: House of Commons 20 July, 2015 | 20.07.2015
Programme motion: House of Commons 20 July, 2015 | 20.07.2015
Money resolution: House of Commons 20 July, 2015 | 20.07.2015

Next event: Committee stage: House of Commons Committee stage: House of Commons | Date to be announced

A Bill to make provision about reports on progress towards full employment and the apprenticeships target; to make provision about reports on the effect of certain support for troubled families; to make provision about social mobility; to make provision about the benefit cap; to make provision about social security and tax credits; to make provision for loans for mortgage interest; and to make provision about social housing rents.

FINANCE BILL 2015-16

Government Bill
David Gauke
HM Treasury

Last events:
2nd reading: House of Commons 2nd reading: House of Commons 21 July, 2015 | 21.07.2015
Programme motion: House of Commons 21 July, 2015 | 21.07.2015

Next event: Committee stage: House of Commons Committee stage: House of Commons | 08.09.2015

MPs agreed a programme motion which schedules parts of the Bill to be considered in a Committee of the whole House, and the remainder in a Public Bill Committee.

A Bill to grant certain duties, to alter other duties, and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with finance.

COMMONS REPORT STAGE

EUROPEAN UNION REFERENDUM BILL 2015-16

Government Bill
Philip Hammond
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Last event: Committee: 2nd sitting: House of Commons Committee: 2nd sitting: House of Commons 18 June, 2015 | 18.06.2015
Next event: Report stage: House of Commons Report stage: House of Commons | 07.09.2015

The Bill was considered in a Committee of the whole House on 16 and 18 June 2015.

The programme motion agreed on 9 June 2015 schedules the report and third reading stages to take place over one day. The report and third reading stages are expected to take place on 7 September 2015.

MPs can table amendments at report stage, but not at third reading. The amendments that are to be considered at report stage are selected by the Speaker.

A Bill To make provision for the holding of a referendum in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union.

SCOTLAND BILL 2015-16

Government Bill
David Mundell
Scotland Office

Last event: Committee: 4th sitting: House of Commons Committee: 4th sitting: House of Commons 6 July, 2015 | 06.07.2015
Next event: Report stage: House of Commons Report stage: House of Commons | Date to be announced

The Bill was considered in a Committee of the whole House on 15, 29 and 30 June and 6 July 2015.

Following second reading the House of Commons agreed a programme motion which scheduled the Bill to be considered by a Committee of the whole House over four days. The programme also schedules the report stage and third reading of the bill to take place over one day.

A Bill To amend the Scotland Act 1998 and make provision about the functions of the Scottish Ministers; and for connected purposes.

EDUCATION AND ADOPTION BILL 2015-16

Government Bill
Nicky Morgan
Department for Education

Last events:
Committee Debate: 9th sitting: House of Commons Committee Debate: 9th sitting: House of Commons 14 July, 2015 (1) (2) | 14.07.2015
Committee Debate: 10th sitting: House of Commons Committee Debate: 10th sitting: House of Commons 14 July, 2015 (1) (2) | 14.07.2015

Next event: Report stage: House of Commons Report stage: House of Commons | Date to be announced

A Bill to make provision about schools in England that are causing concern, including provision about their conversion into Academies and about intervention powers; and to make provision about joint arrangements for carrying out local authority adoption functions in England.

ROYAL ASSENT

EUROPEAN UNION (FINANCE) ACT 2015

Government Bill
George Osborne
HM Treasury

Last event: Royal Assent Royal Assent | 21.07.2015

A Bill to approve for the purposes of section 7(1) of the European Union Act 2011 the decision of the Council of 26 May 2014 on the system of own resources of the European Union; and to amend the definition of “the Treaties” and “the EU Treaties” in section 1(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 so as to include that decision.

SUPPLY AND APPROPRIATION (MAIN ESTIMATES) ACT 2015

Government Bill
David Gauke
HM Treasury

Last event: Royal Assent Royal Assent | 21.07.2015

This Bill provides Parliamentary authority for funds requested by the Government. It is part of what is called ‘supply procedure’. This is how Parliament grants the Government’s requests for resources.

There are usually two of this type of Bill each year, in March and July. Proceedings on the Bill are formal – there is no debate.

Key areas

* Authorises provision sought in the Supplementary Estimates and the Vote on Account
* Authorises the release of money from the Consolidated Fund, which is the Government’s bank account.

BILLS STARTED IN THE LORDS

LORDS COMMITTEE STAGE

ENERGY BILL [HL] 2015-16

Government Bill
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
Department of Energy and Climate Change

Last event: 2nd reading (Hansard): House of Lords 2nd reading (Hansard): House of Lords 22 July, 2015 | 22.07.2015
Next event: Committee stage: House of Lords | 07.09.2015

A Bill to make provision about the Oil and Gas Authority and its functions; to make provision about fees in respect of activities relating to oil, gas, carbon dioxide and pipelines; to make provision about wind power; and for connected purposes.

LORDS REPORT STAGE

CHILDCARE BILL [HL] 2015-16

Government Bill
Lord Nash
Department for Education

Last event: Committee: 2nd sitting (Hansard): House of Lords 6 July, 2015 | 06.07.2015

A Bill to make provision about free childcare for young children of working parents and about the publication of information about childcare and related matters by local authorities in England.

LORDS THIRD READING

CHARITIES (PROTECTION AND SOCIAL INVESTMENT) BILL [HL] 2015-16

Government Bill
Lord Bridges of Headley
Cabinet Office

Last event: Report stage (Hansard): House of Lords Report stage (Hansard): House of Lords 20 July, 2015 | 20.07.2015
Next event: 3rd reading: House of Lords | 14.09.2015

A Bill to amend the Charities Act 2011.

EUROPEAN UNION (APPROVALS) BILL [HL] 2015-16

Government Bill
Lord Freud
Department for Work and Pensions

Last event: Order of Commitment discharged (Hansard): House of Lords 22 July, 2015 | 22.07.2015
Order of Commitment discharged (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 22 July, 2015 | 22.07.2015

On 22 July, the Bill reached committee stage in the Lords, however no changes were suggested to the Bill so the Bill goes directly to third reading. This procedure is known as “order of commitment discharged”.

A Bill to make provision approving for the purposes of section 8 of the European Union Act 2011 certain draft decisions under Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

PASSED IN LORDS

CITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEVOLUTION BILL [HL] 2015-16

Government Bill
Baroness Williams of Trafford
Department for Communities and Local Government

Last event: 3rd reading (Hansard): House of Lords 3rd reading (Hansard): House of Lords 21 July, 2015 | 21.07.2015

The Bill now goes to the Commons for its consideration.

A Bill to make provision for the election of mayors for the areas of, and for conferring additional functions on, combined authorities established under Part 6 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009; to make other provision in relation to bodies established under that Part; to make provision about local authority governance; and for connected purposes.

PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES BILL [HL] 2015-16

Government Bill
Lord Bates
Home Office

Last event: 3rd reading (Hansard): House of Lords 3rd reading (Hansard): House of Lords 20 July, 2015 | 20.07.2015

The Bill now goes to the Commons for its consideration.

A Bill to make provision about psychoactive substances; and for connected purposes.

COMMONS REPORT STAGE

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON BILL [HL] 2010-12 TO 2015-16

Private Bill
Parliamentary agents: Eversheds LLP

Last event: Report stage: House of Commons (no debate) | 05.03.2015

The Bill is currently the subject of motions to revive it in the current session.

A Commons Opposed Bill Committee on the Bill sat on 13 January 2014 and amended the Bill by directing that conditions be imposed on the clause 5 powers.

A Commons debate on Consideration (or report stage) took place on Monday 16 March. Amendments were tabled.

The time limit for debate expired before these had all been considered. Consideration without debate was opposed on 24 March and therefore the Bill did not proceed. For it to be revived, the Promoters will have to apply for revival and have a motion approved in both Houses.

The Bill (as originally introduced) would provide Transport for London (TfL) with further powers in respect of the arrangements for stewardship of its financial affairs and the management of its operational undertaking.

Key areas

* enables TfL subsidiaries to mortgage or charge any of its property as security for money which it has borrowed or otherwise owes
* changes the rules relating to TfL’s ability to carry out activities through a company limited by shares, or enter into limited partnerships (whether to promote or assist)
* extends the powers of TfL’s subsidiaries in respect of risk mitigation investments.

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