Bill-by-bill: Guide to MPs' private members' bills
Published: 25th Jun 2012 08:36:58
Twenty MPs have won the right to bring in their own parliamentary bill on the issues that most concern them - from preserving the Antarctic to blocking prisoners' mobile phones. The BBC's Justin Parkinson looks at the full list and details the aim of each bill.
John McDonnell, Labour
Bank of England Appointment of Governor Bill
Require MPs to approve Bank of England governors.
Richard Ottaway, Conservative
Scrap Metal Dealers Bill
Make it harder for scrap metal dealers to sell stolen metals.
Barbara Keeley, Labour
Social Care, Local Sufficiency and Identification of Carers Bill
Ensure GPs recognise when a patient is a carer and take their needs into account. Require schools to have written policies to support young carers. Place a duty on social services to support families where the adult relies on the caring role of child.
Gavin Barwell, Conservative
Mental Health Discrimination Number Two Bill
Amend existing law to reduce the numbers of those ineligible for jury service or to be company director on mental health grounds.
Peter Aldous, Conservative
Mobile Homes Bill
Change the regulations applying to mobile home sites to protect residents from unscrupulous owners.
John Hemming, Lib Dem
Family Justice, Transparency, Accountability and Cost of Living Bill
Open up the family justice system, allowing any party in a case to have observers in court. Complaints made by children in care to be investigated by an independent body. Give grandparents continued access to grandchildren in family break-ups.
Neil Carmichael, Conservative
Greater protection for frozen wilderness in the Antarctic, timed to coincide with the centenary of Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition.
Sir Paul Beresford, Conservative
Prisons Interference With Wireless Telegraphy Bill
Allow prison governors to block mobile phone signals, to prevent inmates from carrying out illegal activities while inside. It is currently illegal to block signals
Richard Harrington, Conservative
Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Bill
Make illegal sub-letting of social housing property a specific criminal offence. Backed by government.
Mike Weir, SNP
Winter Fuel Allowance Payments Ofgas Grid Claimants Bill
Allow early payment of Winter Fuel Allowance to pensioners whose homes are not connected to the mains grid, and instead use oil, liquid petroleum gas or propane gas for heating.
Stuart Andrew, Conservative
Prisons Property Bill
Change law so items smuggled in to prisons, such as mobile phones and weapons, which are confiscated, do not have to be returned to inmates on their release. A loophole in the law currently means prisoners have the right to have these given back.
Sheryll Murray, Conservative
Marine Navigation Number Two Bill
Extend powers of port police beyond the current one-mile radius to allow them to deal better with suspects. Allow Trinity House, which oversees shipping safety, to charge for services on open market to cut costs for existing users.
Lindsay Roy, Labour
Off-Road Vehicles Registration Bill
Make it compulsory to register all motorcycles and quad bikes, even when not used on roads, to reduce harassment and vandalism and make it easier for police to detect criminal activity.
John Glen, Conservative
Presumption of Death Bill
Enable families of people missing presumed dead to get a certificate to that effect, with equal legal force to an ordinary death certificate. This, it is argued, would make it easier to deal with legal issues, such as probate, and closing bank accounts.
Jo Swinson, Lib Dem
Price-Marking Consumer Information Bill
Make supermarket prices more understandable and comparable to allow customers to get the best deal available on food and other groceries.
Mark Hendrick, Labour
International Development Official Development Assistance Target Bill
Enshrine in law the coalition government's commitment to spend at least 0.7 of GDP on overseas aid.
Simon Kirby, Conservative
Disabled Persons' Parking Badges Bill
Allow councils to use plain-clothes inspectors to detect parking-badge fraud and to recover badges that have been cancelled.
Michael Meacher, Labour
General Anti-Tax Avoidance Principle Bill
Allow HM Revenue and Customs to declare any scheme designed purely to allow the avoidance of tax "null and void" in law.
Michael Connarty, Labour
Transparency in UK Companies' Supply Chains Eradication of Slavery Bill
Put a duty on companies with an annual turnover of more than £100m to create and publish an audit of their supply chain, in an effort to cut slave labour.
Douglas Carswell, Conservative
European Communities Act 1972 Repeal Bill
Give British law precedence over European regulations and repeal the act incorporating the UK into the Common Market.
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