Clear the Lobby
by Sebastian Salek
 
 

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Hey team.

It's a busy legislative week ahead.

MPs have big government bills to consider, including the piece of legislation that puts the Budget into law, as well as private members' bills on Friday.

More amendment headaches could emerge for the Tories.

Just weeks after the sewage fiasco, MPs now face a tricky vote on the "triple lock" on the value of the state pension. The government had suspended it for a year in the Social Security (Uprating Of Benefits) Bill, but peers removed that clause because it breaks a manifesto pledge. Will the Tories force it back in?

And on Monday MPs vote on the Owen Paterson report.

This is the one that recommended a 30-day suspension (though Paterson has now quit as an MP) and was kicked into the long grass the other week.

It's another opportunity for Labour to force the government into an awkward corner, but given its placement towards the end of the day, the issue could be swerved again if time runs out before MPs get round to debating it.

Until next week. In the meantime, feel free to tweet me, or just reply to this email.

Sebastian (@sebastiansalek)

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MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER

Social Security (Uprating Of Benefits) Bill - consideration of Lords amendments
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
Enacts the annual increases in the State Pension, Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Carer's Allowance. Usually a routine piece of legislation, but this time it suspends the "triple lock" for a year (the mechanism that ensures pensions rise in line with inflation, average earnings or by 2.5% per cent, whichever is highest). This is to avoid increasing pensions by 8.8%, because that's how much average earnings rose over the last quarter due to the pandemic.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland (part), Northern Ireland (part)
Reforms the technical education system. Introduces a lifelong loan entitlement, which enables people to retrain throughout their lives. Enables employers and training providers to work together to make sure skills provision meets local needs. Gives the government more power to intervene where colleges don't meet local needs, among other things. Started in the Lords.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

TUESDAY 16 NOVEMBER

Flooding (Prevention and Insurance) Bill
A wide-ranging bill tightening the law around flood prevention. Sets national minimum requirements for flood mitigation and protection measures in new-build properties. Requires local and national government to report on flood-prevention measures. Establishes a certification scheme for flood prevention and mitigation work to properties, and an accreditation scheme for installers. Ten minute rule motion presented by Emma Hardy.

Finance (No. 2) Bill - 2nd reading
Implements the changes announced in the Budget.

WEDNESDAY 17 NOVEMBER

Disposable Barbecues Bill
Bans the use of disposable barbecues on open moorland. Gives local authorities the power to prohibit the sale of disposable barbecues in their area. Ten minute rule motion presented by Robert Largan.

THURSDAY 18 NOVEMBER

Critical Benchmarks (References and Administrators’ Liability) Bill - all stages
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Establishes the legal framework for winding down LIBOR (a benchmark interest rate at which major global banks lend to one another ). Started in the Lords.
Draft bill (PDF)

FRIDAY 19 NOVEMBER

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill - 2nd reading
Criminalises marriage or civil partnerships for people under of 18. Revokes the ability for parents to permit marriages of children aged 16-18 by giving their consent. Private members' bill presented by Pauline Latham.

Planning (Enforcement) Bill - 2nd reading
Creates a new offence of repeat breaches of planning controls. Establishes a national register of people who have committed planning offences or breached planning controls. Private members' bill presented by Ben Spencer.

Glue Traps (Offences) Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England and Wales
Creates an offence of using glue traps to catch rodents, or in a way that would risk a rodent being caught. Establishes a licensing system which allows pest control professionals to use glue traps in certain situations. Private members' bill presented by Jane Stevenson.
Draft bill (PDF)

Domestic Building Works (Consumer Protection) Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England and Wales
Creates a licensing scheme for buildings, in an attempt to crack down on rogue traders. Private members' bill presented by Mark Garnier.
Draft bill (PDF)

Pedicabs (London) Bill - 2nd reading
Regulates pedicabs to the same degree as taxis and private hire services. Requires drivers to have a licence from Transport for London to operate, and gives TfL the power to regulate prices and vehicles used. Private members' bill presented by Nickie Aiken.

Leader of the House of Commons (Election) Bill - 2nd reading
Requires MPs to elect the leader of the House of Commons. The prime minister may nominate someone who must be from the governing party. Private members' bill presented by Peter Bone.

NHS England (Alternative Treatment) Bill - 2nd reading
Entitles patients to non-NHS treatment if they have been on a waiting list for more than a year. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.

Children’s Clothing (Value Added Tax) Bill - 2nd reading
Extends the definition of children's clothing (including school uniforms) so more of it is VAT exempt. Currently clothes and shoes for "young children" are VAT exempt, but there is no legal definition of that term. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.

Flexible Working Bill - 2nd reading
Gives workers the right to flexible working from their first day. Requires employers to include flexible working in employment contracts and state what type of flexibility in job adverts. Private members' bill presented by Tulip Siddiq.

Children (Access to Treatment) Bill - 2nd reading
Also known as "Charlie's Law" after Charlie Gard, a boy with a rare genetic disorder whose parents unsuccessfully fought Great Ormond Street Hospital in the courts to keep his life support going. This law introduces measures that aim to resolve such disputes at the earliest stage possible, and provide a clearer legal framework, to avoid court action. Private members' bill presented by Bambos Charalambous. Read more here.

Public Advocate Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England and Wales
Creates the role of public advocate to give advice to families of people killed in major incidents. Seeks to avoid a repeat of the lengthy process after the Hillsborough disaster. Private members' bill presented by Maria Eagle. More information here.
Draft bill (PDF)

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 (Amendment) Bill - 2nd reading
Amends the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 to change the law around parliamentary scrutiny of lockdowns. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.

Caravan Site Licensing (Exemptions of Motor Homes) Bill - 2nd reading
Exempts motor homes from caravan site licensing requirements. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.

Channel 4 (Privatisation) Bill - 2nd reading
Privatises Channel 4. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.

British Broadcasting Corporation (Privatisation) Bill - 2nd reading
Privatises the BBC and distributes shares in the corporation to all licence fee payers. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.

BBC Licence Fee Non-Payment (Decriminalisation for Over-75s) Bill - 2nd reading
Decriminalises non-payment of the licence fee by over-75s. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.

Caravan Sites Bill - 2nd reading
Removes the requirement for planning permission when applying for a caravan site licence. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.

Green Belt (Protection) Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England and Wales
Establishes a national register of green belt land in England. Restricts the ability of local authorities to de-designate green belt land. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.
Draft bill

Public Sector Exit Payments (Limitation) Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Caps exit payments made to outgoing employees of public sector organisations. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.
Draft bill

General Election (Leaders’ Debates) Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Sets up a commission to make arrangements for debates between leaders of political parties during a General Election. Private members' bill presented by Peter Bone.
Draft bill (PDF)

Covid-19 Vaccine Damage Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Requires the government to establish an independent review of disablement caused by Covid-19 vaccinations, and the adequacy of the compensation offered to the people affected. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.
Draft bill (PDF)

Hospitals (Parking Charges and Business Rates) Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England and Wales
Bans NHS hospitals from charging patients and visitors for car parking. Makes NHS hospitals exempt from business rates. Private members' bill presented by Peter Bone.
Draft bill

Voter Registration Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Bans people from registering to vote in parliamentary elections in more than one constituency. Private members' bill presented by Peter Bone.
Draft bill (PDF)

Asylum Seekers (Return to Safe Countries) Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Requires asylum seekers who have arrived in the UK from a safe country to be returned immediately to that country. Private members' bill presented by Peter Bone.
Draft bill (PDF)

Plastics (Wet Wipes) Bill - 2nd reading
Bans the manufacture and sale of wet wipes containing plastic. Private members' bill presented by Fleur Anderson.

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LAST WEEK'S VOTES

Passed

  • Environment Bill - becomes law
  • Telecommunications (Security) Bill - goes back to Lords
  • Recognition of Armenian Genocide Bill - goes to second reading

Click here to read details of the bills in last week's newsletter.

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