Hereditary Titles (Female Succession) Bill 2023-24

make provision for the succession of female heirs to hereditary titles; and for connected purposes.

Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)

What is this Bill?

The Hereditary Titles (Female Succession) Bill is a Ballot Bill tabled by Harriett Baldwin.

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 (Harriett Baldwin), 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.

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: Ballot Bill, Private Members Bill, Process of a Bill

Official Bill Page Initial Explanatory Notes

Next Event: There is no future stage currently scheduled for this bill

Last Event: Friday 23rd February 2024 - 2nd reading (Commons)

Bill Progession through Parliament

Commons - 40%

Latest Key documents

Explanatory Note

Timeline of Bill Documents and Stages

23rd February 2024
2nd reading (Commons)
21st February 2024
Bill 036 2023-24 (as introduced)
21st February 2024
Explanatory Notes
Bill 036 EN 2023-24
6th December 2023
1st reading (Commons)