Powers of Attorney Act 2023

make provision about lasting powers of attorney; to make provision about proof of instruments creating powers of attorney; and for connected purposes

Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)

What is this Bill?

The Powers of Attorney Act 2023 was a Ballot Bill tabled by Stephen Metcalfe that became an Act of Parliament.

Is this Bill currently before Parliament?

No. This Bill was introduced on 15 June 2022 and became an Act of Parliament on 18 September 2023.

Whose idea is this Bill?

As a Private Members' Bill, this Bill represents the individual initiative of an MP (Stephen Metcalfe), not the Government.

How can I find out exactly what this Bill does?

The most straightforward information is contained in the initial Explanatory Notes for the Bill.

Would you like to know more?

See these Glossary articles for more information: Act of Parliament, Ballot Bill, Private Members Bill, Process of a Bill

Bill Progession through Parliament

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Latest Key documents

Bill Debate
Act of Parliament
Briefing paper
Explanatory Note
Impact Assessment

Timeline of Bill Documents and Stages

18th September 2023
Royal Assent: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
18th September 2023
Royal Assent (Commons)
18th September 2023
Act of Parliament
Powers of Attorney Act 2023 (c. 42)
14th September 2023
3rd reading (Lords)
14th September 2023
3rd reading: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
4th July 2023
Order of Commitment discharged: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
4th July 2023
Order of Commitment discharged
16th June 2023
2nd readingMinutes of Porceedings (Lords)
16th June 2023
2nd reading (Lords)
15th June 2023
Explanatory Notes
HL Bill 121 Explanatory Notes
12th June 2023
Briefing papers
Powers of Attorney Bill: HL Bill 121
24th May 2023
Legislative Consent Motions-devolved legislatures
Legislative Consent Motion agreed by Scottish Parliament on 24 May 2023
21st March 2023
Delegated Powers Memorandum
Delegated Powers Memorandum
20th March 2023
1st reading: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
20th March 2023
1st reading (Lords)
20th March 2023
HL Bill 121 (as brought from the Commons)
17th March 2023
3rd reading (Commons)
16th March 2023
Will write letters
Letter from Mike Freer MP to Patrick Grady MP regarding mutual recognition of Lasting Powers of Attorney across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, as discussed during the Committee stage.
14th March 2023
Briefing papers
Research Briefing on the Bill
1st March 2023
Committee stage (Commons)
28th February 2023
Selection of amendments: Commons
Chair’s provisional selection and grouping of amendments in Committee - 1 March 2023
27th February 2023
Money resolution
9th December 2022
2nd reading (Commons)
9th December 2022
Impact Assessments
Impact Assessment from the Ministry of Justice
7th December 2022
Bill 033 2022-23 (as introduced)
7th December 2022
Explanatory Notes
Bill 033 EN 2022-23
15th June 2022
1st reading (Commons)