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PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILLS REJECTED - OR RUN OUT OF TIME

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Fifty private member's Bills, including some which had passed all lords' stages with government and all-party backi...
Fifty private member's Bills, including some which had passed all lords' stages with government and all-party backing, were effectively killed.

On most occasions the proposed legislation was kicked into touch by backbench MPs, who shouted 'Object' - thereby pushing back any possiblity of second reading debate until October or November - leaving insuffiecient time for them to make progress before the new parliamentary in November.

In some cases, MPs who had introduced or sponsored a Bill were not in the Commons chamber to promote their proposed legislation.

Two minor measures, which had passed through the Lords with government backing, were among those that fell. The Cycle Parking Bill, which would have amended road traffic regulations, would have given local authorities discretionary power to provide secure parking for motor cycles and mopeds, and the government said this could be usual when councils produced local traffic plans. The Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) Bill, which arrived from the Lords unamended and unopposed was not even moved. If passed, it would have enabled people to registering a birth or death in England to also receive a copy of the certificate in the Welsh language.

Among the stymied Bills of interest to local authorities were the Referendums Bill; Computer Millennium Non-Compliance (Contingency Plans) Bill; Recycling of Household Waste Bill; Poverty and Social Exclusion (National Strategy) Bill; Restraining and Protection Orders Bill; Country Lanes and Villages Bill; Energy Conservation (Housing) Bill; Energy Efficiency Bill; Wildlife and Countryside (Amendment) Bill; Health Care and Energy Efficiency Bill; Access to Environmental Information Bill; Planning Appeals Bill; Bus Fuel Duty (Exemptions) Bill; Public House Names Bill; Streetworks Bill; Streetworks Bill; Royal Parks Trading Bill; Empty Homes Bill; and Children's Rights Commissioner Bill.
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