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Private Members’ Bills

Volume 490: debated on Friday 27 March 2009

To ask the Leader of the House what her policy is on the circumstances under which the Government will provide time to debate private Members' Bills in Government time; and if she will make a statement. (266974)

Precedence in Government time is given to private Members' bills only very rarely. The last occasion recorded in the Sessional Returns was the Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords] in 1999-2000.

To ask the Leader of the House which private Members' Bills were taken up by a member of the Government when the Bills reached the second House in which they were to be considered in each session since 1997-98. (266975)

An exhaustive list of private Members' and Peers' bills which were taken up by the Government in the second House is not held centrally and could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.

I am aware of only one example of such a bill—the Forced Marriages (Civil Protection) Bill [Lords], in Session 2006-07.

In addition, the Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords], though it was taken up by a private Member, was given precedence in Government time in Session 1999-2000.