Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Leader of the House of Lords

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe on 2014-06-11.

To ask the Leader of the House what steps he will take to facilitate the passage of Private Members’ Bills through the House of Lords.

Lord Hill of Oareford

Practice in recent years is well-established: Private Members’ Bills introduced in the House of Lords are offered Second Reading slots in the order in which they receive their First Reading. Second Readings for Private Members’ Bills introduced this session have been scheduled on Friday 27 June and Friday 18 July; further Second Readings will be arranged in due course. A ballot to determine the order in which Private Members’ Bills receive their First Reading will be introduced from the start of the new Parliament (3rd Report of the Procedure Committee, Session 2013-14).

For Bills that receive a Second Reading, formal consideration of their remaining stages will be arranged where no amendments are tabled and where the Member in charge so requests. Where Bills receive a Second Reading but require further substantive consideration of amendments, they will be competing for time with Private Members’ Bills that are received from the House of Commons and Private Members’ Bills introduced in this House that are still awaiting a Second Reading.

My noble friend the Government Chief Whip will endeavour to facilitate the progress of bills in each of those categories.