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by Sebastian Salek
 
 

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This week is all about the £££.

MPs wrap up their Budget debate on Monday and Tuesday, which will soon be passed as the Finance Bill. This will all go smoothly — there's not a lot anyone can do without shooting the whole thing down.

Wednesday is the third and final Estimates Day of the year.

This is where MPs debate spending plans for different government departments. This time it's the turn of DCMS and the Cabinet Office.

Then it's onto ensuring a smooth transition to the next financial year.

The Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill gives the government some flexibility in how it spends its money. Weirdly, that bill is never debated.

There's also the Contingencies Fund (No. 2) Bill, a special law that lets the government access extra funds to meet higher spending commitments as a result of the pandemic.

If you're really into it, this is a great explainer on how government spending is approved.

And Friday brings private members' bills.

As usual, most won't get a look in for time reasons.

Interestingly, these bills are slightly more advanced than usual, so stand a better chance of becoming law. That said, a new parliamentary session is expected at the end of April, so they may die a death if they're not carried over.

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

Sebastian (@sebastiansalek)

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MONDAY 8 MARCH

Housing and Homelessness (Local Accommodation Duty) Bill
Aims to limit the number of homeless families who are housed away from where they previously lived. Ten minute rule motion presented by Karen Buck.

Budget debate (continued)

TUESDAY 9 MARCH

Landfill Sites (Odorous Emissions) Bill
Makes it harder to get planning permission for landfill sites likely to create smells in built up areas. Sets limits for odorous emissions from these sites, and requires them to compensate local residents when those limits are breached. Ten minute rule motion presented by Aaron Bell in response to a landfill site in his constituency.

Budget debate (continued)

WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH

Pig Husbandry (Farrowing) Bill
Bans the use of farrowing crates in pig farming. They are small metal cages used to trap a pregnant sow until after her piglets are weaned. Ten minute rule motion presented by David Amess. More information here.

Estimates Day

THURSDAY 11 MARCH

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill - all stages
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Authorises any additional government spending in the current financial year (until 31 March) and any changes in how the money is spent. Allows the government to spend money during the first few months of the next financial year.

Contingencies Fund (No. 2) Bill - all stages
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland Northern Ireland
Increases the size of the government contingencies fund, for spending on emergencies.

FRIDAY 12 MARCH

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Requires the government to give guidance on the cost of school uniform, which state schools must follow. The Department for Education has done this before, but isn't currently required to do so by law. Private members' bill presented by Mike Amesbury.
Draft bill

British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Allows the British Library to borrow money. The argument is that lifting the ban would bring it in line with other national museums that have this power. Private members' bill presented by Bim Afolami.
Draft bill

Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Extends the duty to protect the welfare of children to all providers of publicly funded post-16 education and training. Currently it only applies to local authorities, the schools funded by them, and further-education institutions. Private members' bill presented by Mary Kelly Foy.
Draft bill

Forensic Science Regulator Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland (part), Northern Ireland (part)
Creates a Forensic Science Regulator which would publish and enforce a code of practice for forensic science. Private members' bill presented by Darren Jones.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland (part), Northern Ireland (part)
Bans people under 18 from having certain cosmetic procedures for aesthetic purposes. Private members' bill presented by Laura Trott.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Aims to improve drug testing in prisons. Simplifies the process for prison officers to get powers for mandatory testing of new substances. Gives prison officers powers to test prisoners for prescription drugs. Private members' bill presented by Cheryl Gillan.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

Registers of Births and Deaths Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland (part), Northern Ireland (part)
Introduces an electronic register for recording births and deaths. Currently they are also recorded on paper, and this bill removes that aspect. Private members' bill presented by Andrew Mitchell.
Draft bill (PDF)

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Increases the maximum prison sentence from six months to five years for some animal welfare offences: causing 'unnecessary suffering' to an animal, performing an unpermitted mutilation, illegally docking the tail of a dog, poisoning an animal, and being involved in an animal fight. Private members' bill presented by Chris Loder.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

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LAST WEEK'S VOTES

Passed

  • Banking Services (Post Offices) Bill - goes to 2nd reading

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

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