Government Bills in the 2019-2020 Parliament


Government Bills are laid by the Government to enact legislative goals communicated during the Queen's Speech.

They are allocated Government time in the House of Commons and utilise programme motions to achieve a timely passage through the Commons. If you wish to contribute your view on a Government bill to your MP, it will be more likely to have an impact if made early in the bill process.

Completed First House (2)Completed initial stages (7)In initial stages (4)Dormant (5)

2 Bills completed first house

Title Bill Type Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20
Presented by Steve Barclay (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for Exiting the European Union )
Ping Pong (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 22 January, 2020 23 Jan 2020, 7:50 p.m.

A Bill to implement, and make other provision in connection with, the agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union which sets out the arrangements for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU.

Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill 2019-20
Presented by Theresa Villiers (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 28 January, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

29 Jan 2020

29 Jan 2020, 10:16 a.m.

To make provision for the incorporation of the Direct Payments Regulation into domestic law; for enabling an increase in the total maximum amount of direct payments under that Regulation; and for connected purposes.


7 Bills in first house having progressed beyond initial stages

Title Bill Type Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
NHS Funding Bill 2019-20
Presented by Matt Hancock (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department of Health and Social Care)
Money resolution: House of Commons 27 January, 2020 3rd reading: House of Commons

4 Feb 2020

28 Jan 2020, 8:49 p.m.

To make provision regarding the funding of the health service in England in respect of each financial year until the financial year that ends with 31 March 2024.

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill 2019-20
Presented by Matt Warman (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Programme motion: House of Commons 22 January, 2020 28 Jan 2020, 9:40 p.m.

A Bill to amend the electronic communications code set out in Schedule 3A to the Communications Act 2003; and for connected purposes.

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] 2019-20 Government Bill
2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 28 January, 2020 29 Jan 2020, 9:03 a.m.

A bill to make provision about pension schemes

Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] 2019-20 Government Bill
(Home Office)
1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 7 January, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

4 Feb 2020

27 Jan 2020, 11:28 a.m.

A bill to create a power of arrest, without warrant, for the purpose of extraditing people for serious offences

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] 2019-20 Government Bill
(Ministry of Justice)
1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 7 January, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

5 Feb 2020

22 Jan 2020, 5:52 p.m.

A bill to make in relation to marriage and civil partnership in England and Wales provision about divorce, dissolution and separation; and for connected purposes

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] 2019-20 Government Bill
1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 7 January, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

3 Feb 2020

22 Jan 2020, 3:08 p.m.

First reading took place on 7 January. This stage is a formality that signals the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords.Second reading - the general debate on all aspects of the Bill - is scheduled for 3 February. A bill to make provision about the Commonwealth Games that are to be held principally in Birmingham in 2022; and for connected purposes

Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] 2019-20 Government Bill
(Department for Transport)
2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 27 January, 2020 Committee stage: House of Lords

10 Feb 2020

29 Jan 2020, 9:30 a.m.

A bill to make provision about airspace change proposals and about the licensing regime for air traffic services under Part 1 of the Transport Act 2000, to confer police powers relating to unmanned aircraft and requirements in Air Navigation Orders and to provide for fixed penalties for certain offences relating to unmanned aircraft


4 Bills in initial stages

Title Bill Type Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Agriculture Bill 2019-20
Presented by Theresa Villiers (Conservative)
Government Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 2nd reading: House of Commons

3 Feb 2020

24 Jan 2020, 9:53 a.m.

Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] 2019-20 Government Bill
(Ministry of Justice)
1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 21 January, 2020 22 Jan 2020, 10:28 a.m.

A bill to give effect to Law Commission recommendations relating to commencement of enactments relating to sentencing law and to make provision for pre-consolidation amendments of sentencing law

Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill 2019-20
Presented by Robert Buckland (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Ministry of Justice)
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 17 Jan 2020, 3:35 p.m.

To require the Parole Board to take into account any failure by a prisoner serving a sentence for unlawful killing or for taking or making an indecent image of a child to disclose information about the victim.

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill 2019-20
Presented by Priti Patel (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Home Office)
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate)

8 Jan 2020

8 Jan 2020, 12:42 p.m.

To provide for the payment out of money provided by Parliament of expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State or a government department under, or in connection with, the Windrush Compensation Scheme.


5 Bills for which no activity has occurred in 3 months

Title Bill Type Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill 2017-19 to 2019-20
Presented by Chris Grayling (Conservative)
Hybrid Bill Carry-over motion: House of Lords 9 September, 2019 15 Oct 2019, 10:18 p.m.

A Bill to make provision for a railway between a junction with Phase One of High Speed 2, near Fradley Wood in Staffordshire, and a junction with the West Coast Main Line near Crewe in Cheshire; and for connected purposes.

Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19 to 2019-20
Presented by Sajid Javid (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Home Office)
Committee Debate: 3rd sitting: House of Commons 31 October, 2019 (1) (2) 7 Nov 2019, 3:13 p.m.

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before Dissolution. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill To make provision in relation to domestic abuse; to make provision for and in connection with the establishment of a Domestic Abuse Commissioner; to prohibit cross-examination in person in family proceedings in certain circumstances; to make provision about certain violent or sexual offences, and offences involving other abusive behaviour, committed outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

Environment Bill 2019-20
Presented by Theresa Villiers (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Ways and Means resolution: House of Commons 28 October, 2019 30 Oct 2019, 4:07 p.m.

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before Dissolution. This means the Bill will make no further progress. To make provision about targets, plans and policies for improving the natural environment; to make provision for the Office for Environmental Protection; to make provision about waste and resource efficiency; to make provision about air quality; to make provision for the recall of products that fail to meet environmental standards; to make provision about water; to make provision about nature and biodiversity; to make provision for conservation covenants; to make provision about the regulation of chemicals; and for connected purposes.

Health Service Safety Investigations Bill [HL] 2019-20 Government Bill
(Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 29 October, 2019 30 Oct 2019, 9:33 a.m.

A Bill to establish the Health Service Safety Investigations Body and to confer the function of carrying out investigations and other functions on that body; to make provision in connection with investigations carried out by that body; to make provision about medical examiners; and for connected purposes

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill 2019-20
Presented by Theresa Villiers (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 25 Oct 2019, 1:22 p.m.

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before Dissolution. This means the Bill will make no further progress. To make provision about the mode of trial and maximum penalty for certain offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.