Clear the Lobby
by Sebastian Salek
 
 

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Hey team.

The controversial Online Safety Bill is back.

It's been amended slightly. Social media sites will no longer have to take down material designated "legal but harmful" amid concerns about implications on free speech. Instead, they'll have to give adults with tools to hide certain content they don't want to see.

There's a new face in Parliament.

Labour's Samantha Dixon enters the Commons as its newest MP after winning the Chester by-election last week.

The SNP will also decide its new leader in Westminster after Ian Blackford Stepped down. Alison Thewliss and Stephen Flynn have launced bids so far.

And Friday brings private members' bills.

They start with a bid to create a new offence of harassing women and girls in public.

As ever, only a few will be heard in the time available.

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

Sebastian (@sebastiansalek)

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MONDAY 5 DECEMBER

Online Safety Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Puts a duty of care on companies hosting user-generated content (e.g. social media sites) and search engines to remove illegal content or content that's harmful to children. Gives Ofcom powers to fine companies up to 10% of annual global revenues if they don't comply, force them to improve their practices, or block them completely.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

TUESDAY 6 DECEMBER

Employment Bill
Gives workers the right to request more predictable terms and conditions of work, among other things. Geared towards the gig economy. Ten minute rule motion presented by Steven Bonnar.

WEDNESDAY 7 DECEMBER

Local Authority Boundaries Bill
Allows parliamentary constituencies to split away and form their own local authority, if agreed by referendum. Ten minute rule motion presented by Robbie Moore. More information here.

Financial Services and Markets Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Revokes EU financial services regulation and allows the government and regulators to replace it with their own rules. Updates the objectives of financial services regulators to require them to focus on long-term growth and international competitiveness. Regulates some cryptocurrencies (chiefly stablecoins), paving their way for use as a recognised form of payment.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER

No votes scheduled

FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER

Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Bill - 2nd reading
Creates a new criminal offence of harassing women and girls in public, such as deliberately following and intimidating them or making abusive comments. Private members' bill presented by Greg Clark.

Child Support (Enforcement) Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
Concerns the enforcement of child support maintenance and other maintenance. Private members' bill presented by Siobhan Baillie. 
Draft bill (PDF)

Powers of Attorney Bill - 2nd reading
Concerns proof of instruments creating powers of attorney. Private members' bill presented by Stephen Metcalfe. More information not yet available.

Short-Term and Holiday-Let Accommodation (Licensing) Bill - 2nd reading
Requires people to have a licence to turn domestic properties into short-term holiday lets, such as Airbnbs. Private members' bill presented by Rachael Maskell.

Parliamentary and Health Service Obudsman (Powers) Bill - 2nd reading
Gives the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman the power to identify and investigate systemic problems in the benefits system and make recommendations to the government. Private members' bill presented by Chris Stephens.

Under-Occupancy Penalty (Report) Bill - 2nd reading
Requires the government to report on the merits of repealing laws which cut benefits for people whose accommodation is deemed to be "under-occupied". Private members' bill presented by Chris Stephens.

Barnett Formula (Replacement) Bill - 2nd reading
Requires the government to report on proposals to replace the Barnett Formula (the formula used to decide how much public money is given to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) with a scheme based on an assessment of relative needs. Private members' bill presented by Christopher Chope.

Removal of Titles Bill - 2nd reading
Gives the King the power to strip people of their titles. Decisions can either be made by the King himself, or by recommendation of a parliamentary committee. Private members' bill presented by Rachael Maskell.

Working Time Regulations (Amendment) Bill - 2nd reading
Reduces the maximum working week from 48 hours to 32 hours, and provides for overtime pay. Private members' bill presented by Peter Dowd.

Former Minister and Prime Ministers (Abolition of Payments) Bill - 2nd reading
Stops payments made the ministers when they leave their positions. Private members' bill presented by Rachael Maskell.

Plastics (Recycling, Sustainability and Pollution Reduction) Bill - 2nd reading
Requires the government to publish a strategy for promoting a circular economy for plastics, and set targets for eliminating single-use plastics. Private members' bill presented by Geraint Davies.

Sale of Tobacco (Licensing) Bill - 2nd reading
Raises the age of sale for tobacco from 18 to 21. Private members' bill presented by Bob Blackman.

Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests (Appointment by Parliament) Bill - 2nd reading
Gives Parliament the power to appoint an ethics adviser if the government fails to do so. Private members' bill presented by Christine Jardine.

Terminal Illness (Support and Rights) Bill - 2nd reading
Requires utility companies to provide financial support to customers with a terminal illness. Private members' bill presented by Alex Cunningham.

Public Advocate (No. 2) Bill - 2nd reading
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.

Social Security Benefits (Healthy Eating) Bill - 2nd reading
Requires the government to publish annual calculations of the benefits and tax credits needed for a household to afford to buy meals in accordance with the Eatwell Guide to eating healthily. Private members' bill presented by Chris Stephens.

Corporate Homicide Bill - 2nd reading
Makes changes to the criminal offence of corporate homicide. More information not yet published. Private members' bill presented by Chris Stephens.

Asylum Seekers (Permission to Work) Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Gives asylum seekers permission to work if they have waited six months for a decision on their asylum application. Private members' bill presented by Chris Stephens.
Draft bill (PDF)

Housing Standards (Refugees and Asylum Seekers) Bill - 2nd reading
Introduces national minimum standards in accommodation offered to refugees and asylum seekers. Private members' bill presented by Chris Stephens.

Pre-payment Meters (Self-Disconnection) Bill - 2nd reading
Requires energy companies to allow a grace period before disconnecting customers with pre-payment meters who have run out of credit. Requires energy companies to offer debt management support to all customers. Private members' bill presented by Anne McLaughlin.

Carbon Emissions (Buildings) Bill - 2nd reading
Requires the whole-life carbon emissions of buildings to be reported. Sets limits on those emissions at the construction stage. Private members' bill presented by Jerome Mayhew.

Fertility Treatment (Employment Rights) Bill - 2nd reading
Requirs employers to give employees time off for fertility treatment appointments. Private members' bill presented by Siobhan Baillie.

Ballot Secrecy Bill - 2nd reading
Creates a new offence for people who accompany voters to a polling booth with the intention of influencing them. Private members' bill presented by Paul Bristow. Started in Lords.

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LAST WEEK'S VOTES

Passed

  • Finance Bill - goes to Lords
  • National Eye Health Strategy Bill - goes to second reading
  • Northern Ireland (Executive Formation Etc) Bill - goes to Lords
  • Roadworks (Regulation) Bill - goes to second reading
  • Counsellors of State Bill - goes to Lords
  • Equipment Theft (Prevention) Bill - goes to committee
  • Offenders (Day Release of Detention) Bill - goes to committee

Postponed

  • All other private members' bills

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

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