Ballot Bills of the 2019-2021 Parliament

Ballot Bills are Private Member's Bills that have preference for Second Reading dates. This privilege is awarded to 20 backbenchers through a lottery held at the opening of the Parliamentary Session.

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Royal Assent (0)Ping Pong (0)Second House (0)Completed Committee (7)Passed Second Reading (7)Initial stage (7)


7 Bills progressed through Bill Committee in the first house

These Bills have passed through the line by line assessment and amendment by Bill Committee. The Bill can now move to Report stage, where amendments and clauses can be tabled by any MP.

The Government will table contentious amendments and clauses at Report stage, where they may be defeated if sufficient Government backbenchers rebel.

Third Reading often takes place immediately after report stage, and is usually a formality of valedictory speeches. This would then conclude the Bill Process in the First House, and the Bill will be sent to the Second House for further review and amendment.


A Bill to make provision for the appointment of the Forensic Science Regulator; to make provision about the Regulator and about the regulation of forensic science; to require the Secretary of State to publish an annual strategy on biometric technologies; to enable the Secretary of State to limit the use of such technologies when that is recommended in the strategy; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Debate: House of Commons
Wednesday 11th November 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Report stage: House of Commons
Friday 26th February 2021

A Bill to make provision about the administration to persons under the age of 18 of botulinum toxin and of other substances for cosmetic purposes; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Debate: House of Commons
Wednesday 25th November 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Report stage: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to provide the British Library Board with a power to borrow money.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Debate: House of Commons
Wednesday 30th September 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Report stage: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to impose duties on certain education and training providers in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Debate: House of Commons
Wednesday 14th October 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Report stage: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision for guidance to schools about the costs aspects of school uniform policies.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Debate: House of Commons
Wednesday 16th September 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Report stage: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision for the appointment of the Forensic Science Regulator; to make provision about the Regulator and about the regulation of forensic science; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Debate: House of Commons
Wednesday 11th November 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Report stage: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision about substance testing in prisons and similar institutions.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Debate 2 December 2020: House of Commons
Wednesday 2nd December 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Report stage: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)

7 Bills progressed beyond Second Reading in the first house

These bills have passed the first substantive debate on the initial draft of the Bill (Second Reading) and are now in the process of review and amendment of bill text by a Bill Committee. For the Commons, Bill Committees are formed of around 20 MPs, whereas in the Lords, a Committee of the Whole House is usually formed.

For Commons Private Members Bills, the most difficult hurdle is to pass Second Reading, due to lack of time for the debate. Since 1986, every Government Bill has passed Second Reading.


A Bill to make provision about the mode of trial and maximum penalty for certain offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Friday 23rd October 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Committee stage: House of Commons
Date TBA

A Bill to enable co-operative and community benefit societies to raise external share capital for the purpose of making environmentally sustainable investment; to make associated provisions about restricting conversion to company status and the distribution of capital on winding-up; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Friday 11th September 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA

A Bill to make provision about the national minimum wage; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA

A Bill to provide protections for whistleblowers; to create offences relating to the treatment of whistleblowers and the handling of whistleblowing cases; to establish an independent body to protect whistleblowers and whistleblowing, in accordance with the public interest; to make provision for that body to set, monitor and enforce standards for the management of whistleblowing cases, to provide disclosure and advice services, to direct whistleblowing investigations and to order redress of detriment suffered by whistleblowers; to repeal the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Friday 25th September 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 11
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

A Bill to make provision about the keeping and maintenance of registers of births and deaths; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Friday 16th October 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Committee stage: House of Commons
Date TBA

A Bill to exclude requirements relating to National Health Services procurement, delivery or commissioning from international trade agreements; to require the consent of the House of Commons and the devolved legislatures to international trade agreements insofar as they relate to the National Health Services of England, Scotland and Wales and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA

A Bill to prohibit unpaid work experience exceeding four weeks; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Friday 11th September 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA

7 Bills in initial stages

These bills have been laid before Parliament, but have not begun the Bill Process. A Short Title and Long Title (summary) of the Bill will have been provided, though a full text of the Bill may not have been tabled.

For Commons Private Members' Bills, unless a high position on the Order Paper has been secured for the Second Reading Debate (or unanimous consent is expected), it is unlikely that the Bill will progress further from this point. Often only Ballot Bills (which have priority for Second Reading) will have the opportunity to progress.


A Bill to make provision for granting permission to work to asylum seekers who have waited six months for a decision on their asylum application; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to set penalties for overrunning roadworks; to make requirements regarding the duration, timing and coordination of roadworks; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 17
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

A Bill to establish a meat grading system incorporating taste and eating quality; to define the term “grass-fed” when used in meat labelling and marketing; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to make provision for the collection and publication of statistics on mental health hospital admissions; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to set training standards for NHS 111 service operators; to require NHS 111 services to be overseen by clinical advisors; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)

A Bill to place a duty on water companies to ensure that untreated sewage is not discharged into rivers and other inland waters; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 1
(Certain to be Debated)

A Bill to establish a body to assess the benefits and effectiveness of third sector organisations and provide support to such organisations; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 2
(Likely to be Debated)