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Bills in United Kingdom

Definition of Private Members’ Bills

Private members’ bills can be introduced in either house and must go through the same stages as public bills.

Private Members’ Bills Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament

Private Members’ Bills – or backbench Bills – are introduced by individual Members of the Parliament or members of the Lords rather than by the Government. As with other Public Bills their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population. Very few Private Members’ Bills become law but, by creating publicity around an issue, they may affect legislation indirectly.


See Also

  • Ballot Bills


See Also

  • Presentation Bills


See Also

  • Ten Minute Rule Bills


See Also

  • Government Bills

Further Reading

Bills Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament

A Bill is a proposal for a new law, or a proposal to change an existing law, that is presented to Parliament. A Bill may be introduced in the House of Commons or the House of Lords but it must pass a series of stages in both Houses before it can be finally approved. If both Houses have agreed on the content of a Bill it is presented to the reigning monarch for formal approval, known as Royal Assent, and becomes an Act of Parliament.

Dropped Bill Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament

A Bill is considered to have been ‘dropped’ if no date has been named for its next stage by the Member of Parliament who has been responsible for it. The term is also used for Bills which cannot progress due to a lack of parliamentary time.

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  • Article Name: Bills
  • Author: B. Hepple
  • Description: Definition of Private Members' Bills Private members' bills can be introduced in either house and must go through [...]

This entry was last updated: January 24, 2016


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