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Volume 706: debated on Friday 14 January 2022

Regulatory Impact Assessments Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 21 January.

Flooding (Prevention and Insurance) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 28 January.

Public Bodies (Representation from Devolved Nations) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 18 March.

BBC Licence Fee (Abolition) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 21 January.

Electoral Commission (Abolition) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 21 January.

General Election (Leaders’ Debates) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 21 January.

Hospitals (Parking Charges and Business Rates) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 21 January.

Asylum Seekers (Return to Safe Countries) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 21 January.

Medical Cannabis (Access) Bill

Resumption of adjourned debate on Question (10 December 2021), That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Debate to be resumed on Friday 28 January.

Climate Change Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 28 January.

British Goods (Public Sector Purchasing Duty) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 18 March.

Consumer Pricing Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 18 March.

Broadcasting (Listed Sporting Events) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 18 March.

Puppy Import (Prohibition) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 18 March.

Employment (Application Requirements) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 18 March.

Public Sector Website Impersonation Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 18 March.

Hunting Trophy Import (Prohibition) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Is there any way in our procedure that we can make it clear to the public outside that this measure—the Government claim they want to see trophy hunting banned and the public overwhelmingly do—has once again, on the instruction of Ministers, been blocked by a Government Whip?

There is indeed a way. We have run out of time for the Bill today. The right hon. Gentleman and anybody observing our proceedings will note that there were a great many Bills, and obviously there was just not time for all of them. However, the right hon. Gentleman has named Friday 18 March as the day on which the matter will come before the House again, and I hope that anyone watching our proceedings who is interested in this matter will tune in then and hear what he has to say.

Armenian Genocide (Recognition) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 18 March.

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) (No. 2) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 18 March.

Public Advocate Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 28 January.

Copyright (Rights and Remuneration of Musicians, Etc.) Bill

Resumption of adjourned debate on Question (3 December 2021), That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Debate to be resumed on Friday 28 January.

Illegal Immigration (Offences) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 21 January.

BBC Licence Fee Non-Payment (Decriminalisation for Over-75s) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 21 January.

Green Belt (Protection) Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Object.

Bill to be read a Second time on Friday 21 January.

Covid-19 Vaccine Damage Bill

Motion made, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. We have just gone through a long list of Bills and dates have been given. Many of the Bills are similar—for instance, the BBC Licence Fee (Abolition) Bill and the BBC Licence Fee Non-Payment (Decriminalisation for Over-75s) Bill. Is there a possibility in future that these Bills could be combined or grouped together so we could debate them together, which would speed things up, and we could actually get to the BBC Licence Fee (Abolition) Bill and to other Bills?

The hon. Gentleman raises an interesting point, but I must say to him that if there were two Bills before the House at approximately the same time that had similar purposes and could be combined into one Bill, the way to do that would be at the outset, when advice could be given by the learned Clerks as to how to formulate a short title of a single Bill that would encapsulate all of the measures in both or all the Bills that the hon. Gentleman or any other hon. Member may have in mind. However, at this stage in the proceedings, when a Bill has started and is continuing its progress and another Bill is fairly similar, there is no reasonable way of combining them, except of course that, if they came into Committee, a Member could submit amendments to Bill No. 1 that would encapsulate Bill No. 2, if that was in order and they really were for the same or very similar purposes. I hope that that has helped the hon. Gentleman.

Further to that point of order,

Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. That is really helpful. So, for instance, if I spoke to my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope), when my BBC Licence Fee (Abolition) Bill went into Committee, I could incorporate his Bill through amendments. Would that clash with the long title? I am not sure, but it sounds like a very good idea to speed things up.

If it clashed with the long title, an amendment would also have to be submitted to the long title. If it were considered to be in order according to “Erskine May”, which the learned Clerks upstairs are well capable of judging, then it would be quite possible to amend the long title, and thereby bring the Bills together. However, on the matter of timetabling, it would have no effect.