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.
Read the draft bill here

Wednesday 22 February

Finance (No. 2) Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Passed – becomes law!
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
This is the government’s flagship fiscal legislation for the year. It states what tax rates will and implements announcements made in the Autumn Budget, such as abolishing stamp duty for most first-time buyers and hiking one-off taxes on diesel cars that don’t meet the latest emissions standards.
Read the draft bill here

Thursday 23 February

No bills were debated

Friday 24 February

Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill – 2nd reading
Passed
Applies to: England
Changes the organ donor register from opt-in to opt-out, so everyone is a donor by default. Already in place in Wales, and being introduced in Scotland.
Draft bill not yet published

Overseas Electors Bill – 2nd reading
Passed
Currently, British citizens living abroad can only vote in elections for 15 years from the point when they were last registered to vote in the UK. This law abolishes that time limit and allows any overseas citizen to vote, provided they were once resident in the UK or registered to vote here.
Read the complete draft bill here

Legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) Bill – 2nd reading
Postponed due to time constraints
Legalises the production, supply, possession and use of cannabis and cannabis resin for medicinal purposes.
Draft bill not yet published

Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parent’s Income) Bill – 2nd reading
Postponed due to time constraints
Standardises the child maintenance payments process so it’s the same for both self-employed and employed parents. Prevents separated parents from claiming self-employed status to hide their income and avoid paying child maintenance.
Draft bill not yet published

Registration of Marriage (No. 2) Bill – 2nd reading
Postponed due to time constraints
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Introduces an electronic system for marriage registrations and allows details of the spouses’ mothers to be included. Note: the bill itself doesn’t make these changes. Instead, it allows the government to do it by introducing new regulations.
Read the complete draft bill here

Service Animals (Offences) Bill – 2nd reading
Postponed due to time constraints
Makes it illegal to attack service animals like police dogs and horses, and makes certain offences more serious in the eyes of the law when they’re committed against these animals.
Draft bill not yet published

Sanctions (Human Rights Abuse and Corruption) Bill – 2nd reading
Postponed due to time constraints
Allows the government to refuse entry to, or impose sanctions on, non-UK or non-EEA nationals involved in gross human rights abuses or certain acts of corruption.
Draft bill not yet published

Short and Holiday-Let Accommodation (Notification of Local Authorities) Bill – 2nd reading
Postponed due to time constraints
Requires people to notify local authorities if they’re planning to register accommodation for short-term or holiday rental, e.g. listing it on Airbnb.
Draft bill not yet published

Tyres (Buses and Coaches) Bill – 2nd reading
Postponed due to time constraints
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
Introduces limits on the age of tyre and bus coaches.
Read the complete draft bill here

Voter Registration (No. 2) Bill – 2nd reading
Postponed due to time constraints
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Bans people from being registered to vote in parliamentary elections at more than one address.
Read the complete draft bill here

Clean Air Bill – 2nd reading
Postponed due to time constraints
Requires the government to set and enforce air quality targets, and reduce air pollution using clean air zones (among other methods). Also introduces new laws about vehicle emission testing and restricts the sale of vehicles with certain engine types.
Draft bill not yet published

Terms of Withdrawal from EU (Referendum) Bill – 2nd reading
Postponed due to time constraints
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Requires the government to put the final Brexit deal to a binding referendum, with the alternative being to remain in the EU.
Read the complete draft bill here

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No.2) Bill – 2nd reading
Postponed due to time constraints
Extends the length of time Kew Gardens is allowed to lease land for to 150 years, from 31 years currently. This could include residential or commercial use. The aim is to help Kew increase its self-generated income.
Read the complete draft bill here