Monday 5 February

Smart Meters Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Passed
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
The government is aiming to make smart metersĀ (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.
Read the draft bill here

Tuesday 6 February

Space Industry Bill [Lords] – report stage and 3rd 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.
Read the draft bill here

Wednesday 7 February

No bills were debated

Thursday 8 February

No bills were debated

Friday 9 February

No bills were debated