Private Members' bills Contents


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

2 Background

Our predecessors’ inquiry and reports

3 Where the present process fails

A misleading and opaque process

Obstacles to a bill’s progress: ‘talking out’

4 Recommendations for reform

A guaranteed vote on second reading

Prioritising certain bills on merit

Consequences for the Backbench Business Committee

The ballot

Demonstrating support for a bill

Clarifying the status of bills

A decision by the House on the Committee’s proposals

Time for consideration of private Members’ bills

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

Unpublished written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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15 April 2016