Bills in Parliament, 20-24 February 2018

Monday 20 February

No bills were debated

Tuesday 21 February

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] – 2nd reading
Passed
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Allows the government to impose sanctions after Brexit (against countries like North Korea and groups like ISIS), and keep its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing efforts up to date. The bill started its journey in the House of Lords, so it’s further along the legislative process than if it started in the Commons.
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Bills in Parliament, 5-9 February 2018

Monday 5 February

Smart Meters Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Passed
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
The government is aiming to make smart meters (next-generation gas and electricity meters that give users real-time information on their energy usage instead of estimating bills) available to all households and businesses by 2020. This bill gives the government a five-year extension until 2023 to implement the regulatory framework for them. It also ensures the national smart meter system will continue operating if the company that has the licence to run it (the Data and Communications Company) becomes insolvent.
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Bills in Parliament, 29 January – 2 February 2018

Monday 29 January

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Passed
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, the British overseas territories (except Gibraltar)
Allows members of the armed forces to work part time and within a certain geographic area. Started in the Lords, so if it passes this stage it only needs the Lords to approve any amendments before it can become law.
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Bills in Parliament, 22-26 January 2018

Monday 22 January 2018

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill – 2nd reading
Passed
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
This bill creates a single body to help members of the public manage their finances, consolidating services that are currently provided by the Money Advice Service, the Pensions Advisory Service and the Department for Work and Pensions. It also gives the Financial Conduct Authority the power to regulate claims companies (like the ones that help people win compensation for personal injury), and transfers the responsibility for investigating complaints against these companies to the Financial Ombudsman Service. The bill started in the Lords so is much further along the path to becoming law than the second reading of a bill that started in the Commons.
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Bills in Parliament, 15-19 January 2018

Monday 15 January 2018

Space Industry Bill [Lords] – 2nd reading
Passed
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Outlines the legal framework for a space port in the UK. It covers areas including the licences required, training and fitness of astronauts, safety and security procedures and how criminal law applies to people on board a spacecraft. The bill started in the House of Lords, so it’s much further along in the process than one that started in the Commons.
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Bills in Parliament, 8-12 January 2018

Monday 8 January 2018

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill – 2nd reading
Passed
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Sets out a new Customs regime for the UK after leaving the EU, including how VAT and excise will operate. The bill allows for scenarios including a Brexit transition period and a no-deal outcome.
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