Ballot Bills currently before Parliament


Ballot Bills are Private Member's Bills that have preference for Second Reading dates. This privilege is awarded to 20 backbenchers through a lottery held at the opening of the Parliamentary Session.

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3 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.


A Bill to extend the duty to provide careers guidance in schools.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 10th September 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to extend the protection from seizure or forfeiture given to cultural objects.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 10th September 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision about licensing in relation to taxis and private hire vehicles for purposes relating to the safeguarding of passengers and road safety; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 10th September 2021
(Read Debate)

17 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.


A Bill to amend the law relating to workplace information and consultation, employment protection and trade union rights to provide safeguards for workers against dismissal and re-engagement on inferior terms and conditions; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 22nd October 2021
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision about the grounds on which a person is disqualified from being elected to, or holding, certain positions in local government in England.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 22nd October 2021
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision about menopause support and services; to exempt hormone replacement therapy from National Health Service prescription charges; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 29th October 2021
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision for and in connection with the giving of penalty notices for certain offences in relation to animals and animal products.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 29th October 2021
Order Paper number: 3
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to enable provision to be made for appeals relating to free childcare for young children of working parents to be settled by agreement; to make further provision designed to increase efficiency in the administration of free childcare schemes; to make provision about the promotion of the availability of free childcare, including to disadvantaged groups; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 29th October 2021
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to make certain uses of glue traps an offence; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 19th November 2021
Order Paper number: 3
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision about the minimum age for marriage and civil partnership; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 19th November 2021

A Bill to create offences relating to repeat breaches of planning controls; to make provision about penalties for planning offences; to establish a national register of persons who have committed planning offences or breached planning controls and make associated provision about planning applications; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 19th November 2021
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision about meeting the needs of persons with Down syndrome; to place a duty on local authorities to assess the likely social care needs of persons with Down syndrome and plan provision accordingly; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 26th November 2021
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision about the amendment of pension schemes so as to provide for the conversion of rights to a guaranteed minimum pension.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 26th November 2021
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision about meeting the needs of adults and children with an acquired brain injury; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 3rd December 2021
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision about the rights and remuneration of musicians and other rights holders; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 3rd December 2021
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to place a duty on the Government to declare a climate emergency; to amend the Climate Change Act 2008 to bring forward the date by which the United Kingdom is required to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions; to place a duty on the Government to create and implement a strategy to achieve objectives related to climate change, including for the creation of environmentally-friendly jobs; to require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on proposals for increased taxation of large companies to generate revenue to be spent to further those objectives; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 10th December 2021
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision about access to cannabis for medical reasons; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 10th December 2021
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision relating to the carrying of disabled persons by taxis and private hire vehicles.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 14th January 2022

A Bill to make provision about hare coursing offences; to increase penalties for such offences; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 21st January 2022

A Bill to declare British Sign Language (BSL) an official language of the United Kingdom; to provide for a British Sign Language Council to promote and advise on the use of BSL; to establish principles for the use of BSL in public services; to require public bodies to have regard to those principles and to guidance issued by the Council; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 28th January 2022