Twenty private member's Bills with cross-party support were presented to the commons yesterday and were given their First Reading. Those proposed measures of particular interest to local government are:
Protection of Children: Debra Shipley, Labour MP for Stourbridge, presented a Bill to require a list to be kept of persons considered unsuitable to work with children; to extend the power to make regulations under section 218(6) of the Education Reform Act 1988; to make further provision with respect to that list and the list kept for the purposes of such regulations; to enable the protection afforded to children to be afforded to persons suffering from mental impairment.
Referendums: Andrew Robathan, Conservative MP for Blaby, presented a Bill to make provision for the conduct of referendums and the establishment of a referendums commission
Football (Offences and Disorder): Simon Burns, Conservative MP for Chelmsford West, presented a Bill to make further provision in relation to football-related offences; to make further provision for the purpose of preventing violence or disorder at or in connection with football matches.
Adoption (Intercountry Aspects): Mark Oaten, Liberal Democrat MP for Winchester, presented a Bill to give effect to the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, concluded at The Hague on 29 May 1993; to make further provision in relation to adoptions with an international element.
Bus Fuel Duty (Exemptions): Patrick McLoughlin, Conservative MP for Derbyshire West, presented a Bill to exempt operators of certain community bus services from payment of excise duty on fuel used in operating those services.
Streetworks: Peter Atkisonson, Conservative MP for Hexham, on behalf of Christopher Fraser, Conservative MP for Mid Dorset and Poole North, presented a Bill to amend the law relating to streetwork; to make provision for a streetworks registration scheme.
Health Care and Energy Efficiency: Robert Smith, Liberal democrat MP for Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine, presented a Bill to require certain health bodies to draw up reports on ways in which they may use energy efficiency schemes to assist persons living in fuel poverty to heat their homes.
Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing): Andrew Hunter, Conservative MP for Basingstoke, presented a Bill to make further provision about the testing of motor vehicles for the purposes of Part II of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare): Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for Worthing East and Shoreham, on behalf of James Clappison, Conservative MP for Hertsmere, presented a Bill to amend and extend certain enactments relating to the commercial breeding and sale of dogs; to regulate the welfare of dogs kept in commercial breeding establishments; to extend powers of inspection; to establish records of dogs kept at such establishments.
Public House Names: Ann Winterton, Conservative MP for Congleton, presented a Bill to amend the law relating to the names of public houses.
Hedges (Control): Andrew Rowe,Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, presented a Bill to subject hedges in residential areas to local authority planning control.
Planning Appeals: Nigel Evans, Conservative MP for Ribble Valley, presented a Bill to remove the right of appeal to the secretary of state against certain planning decisions.
Fuel Poverty and Energy Conservation: John McAllion, Labour MP for Dundee East, presented a Bill to require energy conservation authorities to draw up reports concerning fuel poverty and to designate officers with responsibility for energy conservation.