Government Bills of the 2019-19 Session


Government Bills are tabled by HM Government Ministers 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.



3 Bills received Royal Assent

These Bills are enacted into law as Acts of Parliament following completion of the Bill Process.
Acts of Parliament come into effect at midnight following Royal Assent, unless a date is specified within the Act.
Introduced: 29th October 2019

A Bill to make provision for a parliamentary general election to be held on 12 December 2019.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 31st October 2019 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 16th October 2019

A Bill to establish the Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board and to confer an entitlement to compensation in connection with children who were resident in certain institutions in Northern Ireland; and to establish the Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Tuesday 5th November 2019 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 29th October 2019

A Bill to authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of Northern Ireland of certain sums for the service of the year ending 31 March 2020; to appropriate those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland to borrow on the credit of the appropriated sums; and to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources (including accruing resources) for that year.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 31st October 2019 and was enacted into law.


2 Bills progressing in the second house

These Bills have completed the Bill Process in the first house and are now within the Bill Process of the Second House. Once the Second House has added their own amendments, the Bill will move to the Ping Pong phase of exchanging amendments.

Introduced: 9th September 2019

A has been called and Parliament is no longer sitting. The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before . This means the Bill will make no further progress. A bill to make provision about the Commonwealth Games that are to be held principally in Birmingham in 2022, and for connected purposes.

Lords Completed
Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Thursday 24th October 2019
(Read Debate)
Introduced: 17th July 2017

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.

Commons Completed
Lords - 40%

Last Event - Carry-Over Motion: House Of Lords
Monday 9th September 2019
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Committee Stage: House Of Lords
Date TBA

1 Bill progressed through Bill Committee in the first house

These Bills have passed through the line by line assessment and amendment by Bill Committee. The Bill can now move to Report stage, where amendments and clauses can be tabled by any MP.

The Government will table contentious amendments and clauses at Report stage, where they may be defeated if sufficient Government backbenchers rebel.

Third Reading often takes place immediately after report stage, and is usually a formality of valedictory speeches. This would then conclude the Bill Process in the First House, and the Bill will be sent to the Second House for further review and amendment.

Introduced: 12th June 2019

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

Lords - 80%

Last Event - Report Stage : House Of Lords
Wednesday 16th October 2019
(Read Debate)

4 Bills progressed beyond Second Reading in the first house

These bills have passed the first substantive debate on the initial draft of the Bill (Second Reading) and are now in the process of review and amendment of bill text by a Bill Committee. For the Commons, Bill Committees are formed of around 20 MPs, whereas in the Lords, a Committee of the Whole House is usually formed.

For Commons Private Members Bills, the most difficult hurdle is to pass Second Reading, due to lack of time for the debate. Since 1986, every Government Bill has passed Second Reading.

Introduced: 16th July 2019

A has been called and Parliament is no longer sitting. The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before . 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.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Debate: 3rd Sitting: House Of Commons
Thursday 31st October 2019
(Read Debate)

A has been called and Parliament is no longer sitting. The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before . 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.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - Ways And Means Resolution: House Of Commons
Monday 28th October 2019
(Read Debate)

A has been called and Parliament is no longer sitting. The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before . This means the Bill will make no further progress. 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.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - Ways And Means Resolution: House Of Commons
Tuesday 22nd October 2019
(Read Debate)

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

Lords - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading : House Of Lords
Tuesday 29th October 2019
(Read Debate)

7 Bills in initial stages

These bills have been laid before Parliament, but have not begun the Bill Process. A Short Title and Long Title (summary) of the Bill will have been provided, though a full text of the Bill may not have been tabled.

For Commons Private Members' Bills, unless a high position on the Order Paper has been secured for the Second Reading Debate (or unanimous consent is expected), it is unlikely that the Bill will progress further from this point. Often only Ballot Bills (which have priority for Second Reading) will have the opportunity to progress.

Introduced: 22nd October 2019

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

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading : House Of Lords
Tuesday 22nd October 2019
(Read Debate)

A has been called and Parliament is no longer sitting. The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before . 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.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 15th October 2019
Introduced: 15th October 2019

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

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading : House Of Lords
Tuesday 15th October 2019
(Read Debate)
Introduced: 24th October 2019

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

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading : House Of Lords
Thursday 24th October 2019
(Read Debate)
Introduced: 15th October 2019

A Bill to make provision about pension schemes

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading : House Of Lords
Tuesday 15th October 2019
(Read Debate)
Introduced: 15th October 2019

A has been called and Parliament is no longer sitting. The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before . This means the Bill will make no further progress. 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.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 15th October 2019
Introduced: 15th October 2019

A has been called and Parliament is no longer sitting. The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before . This means the Bill will make no further progress. To amend the electronic communications code set out in Schedule 3A to the Communications Act 2003; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 15th October 2019