Health and Equality Acts (Amendment) Bill 2023-24

regulate access to hormone therapy for children under the age of 18; to make provision relating to social transition practices in schools and other settings; to make provision regarding the meaning of the protected characteristic of sex; and for connected purposes.

Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)

What is this Bill?

The Health and Equality Acts (Amendment) Bill is a Ballot Bill tabled by Elizabeth Truss.

Is this Bill currently before Parliament?

Yes. This Bill was introduced on 06 December 2023 and is currently before Parliament.

Whose idea is this Bill?

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

What type of Bill is this?

20 Ballot Bills places are awarded by lottery to backbench MP's at the start of each Session. These Bills receive precedence for debate in the Commons and a handful will succeed in becoming enacted into law.

The higher chance of success means MPs who win a ballot slot are frequently lobbied by groups wishing to have legislation tabled on their behalf, but the choice of bill ultimately remains with the MP.

So is this going to become a law?

Historically, between 3 and 13 of the 20 Ballot Bills have succeeded in becoming enacted into law. Therefore, provided this bill is sufficiently high in the Ballot and the Government has no means to object to the bill, it has the greatest chance of PMBs to be enacted into law.

Would you like to know more?

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

Official Bill Page

Next Event: Friday 7th June 2024 - 2nd reading
Order Paper number: 27
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

Last Event: Wednesday 6th December 2023 - 1st reading (Commons)

Bill Progession through Parliament

Commons - 20%

Latest Key documents

Timeline of Bill Documents and Stages

7th June 2024
2nd reading (Commons)
11th March 2024
Bill 035 2024 (as introduced)
6th December 2023
1st reading (Commons)