Government Bills of the 2019-2021 Parliament


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16 Bills received Royal Assent

Title Bill Type Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020
Presented by Robert Buckland (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Ministry of Justice)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 25 June, 2020 29 Jun 2020, 12:59 p.m.

A bill to make in relation to marriage and civil partnership in England and Wales provision about divorce, dissolution and separation; and for connected purposes

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020
Presented by Steve Barclay (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for Exiting the European Union )
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 23 January, 2020 4 Feb 2020, 1:38 p.m.

A Bill to implement, and make other provision in connection with, the agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union which sets out the arrangements for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Act 2020
Presented by Oliver Dowden (Conservative)
Government Bill
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 25 June, 2020 29 Jun 2020, 12:59 p.m.

A bill to make provision about the Commonwealth Games that are to be held principally in Birmingham in 2022; and for connected purposes

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Business and Planning Act 2020
Presented by Alok Sharma (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 22 July, 2020 27 Jul 2020, 11:58 a.m.

A Bill to make provision relating to the promotion of economic recovery and growth.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Contingencies Fund Act 2020
Presented by Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Government Bill
(HM Treasury)
Committee negatived (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 25 March, 2020 26 Mar 2020, 9:43 a.m.

A Bill to make provision increasing the maximum capital of the Contingencies Fund for a temporary period.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Coronavirus Act 2020
Presented by Matt Hancock (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department of Health and Social Care)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 25 March, 2020 26 Mar 2020, 11:03 a.m.

A Bill to make provision in connection with coronavirus; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020
Presented by Alok Sharma (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 25 June, 2020 22 Jul 2020, 3:45 p.m.

A Bill to make provision about companies and other entities in financial difficulty; and to make temporary changes to the law relating to the governance and regulation of companies and other entities.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Act 2020
Presented by Theresa Villiers (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 30 January, 2020 31 Jan 2020, 9:30 a.m.

To make provision for the incorporation of the Direct Payments Regulation into domestic law; for enabling an increase in the total maximum amount of direct payments under that Regulation; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Finance Act 2020
Presented by Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Government Bill
(HM Treasury)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 22 July, 2020 28 Jul 2020, 12:22 p.m.

A Bill to grant certain duties, to alter other duties, and to amend the law relating to the national debt and the public revenue, and to make further provision in connection with finance.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

NHS Funding Act 2020
Presented by Matt Hancock (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department of Health and Social Care)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 16 March, 2020 17 Mar 2020, 9:32 a.m.

To make provision regarding the funding of the health service in England in respect of each financial year until the financial year that ends with 31 March 2024.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Act 2020
Presented by Robert Buckland (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Ministry of Justice)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 8 June, 2020 24 Jun 2020, 5:39 p.m.

A bill to give effect to Law Commission recommendations relating to commencement of enactments relating to sentencing law and to make provision for pre-consolidation amendments of sentencing law

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Stamp Duty Land Tax (Temporary Relief) Act 2020
Presented by Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Government Bill
(HM Treasury)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 22 July, 2020 27 Jul 2020, 11:57 a.m.

A Bill to make provision to reduce for a temporary period the amount of stamp duty land tax chargeable on the acquisition of residential property.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2020
Presented by Jesse Norman (Conservative)
Government Bill
(HM Treasury)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 16 March, 2020 2 Apr 2020, 5:46 p.m.

A Bill to authorise the use of resources for the years ending with 31 March 2020 and 31 March 2021; to authorise the issue of sums out of the Consolidated Fund for those years; and to appropriate the supply authorised by this Act for the year ending with 31 March 2020.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Act 2020
Presented by Jesse Norman (Conservative)
Government Bill
(HM Treasury)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 22 July, 2020 27 Jul 2020, 11:56 a.m.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020 Government Bill
(Ministry of Justice)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 26 February, 2020 3 Mar 2020, 3:50 p.m.

A Bill to make provision about the release on licence of offenders convicted of terrorist offences or offences with a terrorist connection; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Act 2020
Presented by Priti Patel (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Home Office)
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 8 June, 2020 24 Jun 2020, 5:38 p.m.

To provide for the payment out of money provided by Parliament of expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State or a government department under, or in connection with, the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent


14 Bills progressing in the second house

Title Bill Type Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill 2019-21
Presented by Robert Buckland (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Ministry of Justice)
Report stage (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 1 July, 2020 2 Jul 2020, 7:51 p.m.

To require the Parole Board to take into account any failure by a prisoner serving a sentence for unlawful killing or for taking or making an indecent image of a child to disclose information about the victim.

Commons Completed
Lords - 80%

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill 2019-21
Presented by Matt Warman (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Report stage (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 29 June, 2020 27 Jul 2020, 4:48 p.m.

A Bill to amend the electronic communications code set out in Schedule 3A to the Communications Act 2003; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords - 80%

Agriculture Bill 2019-21
Presented by George Eustice (Conservative)
Government Bill
Committee: 7th sitting (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 28 July, 2020 31 Jul 2020, 7:16 p.m.

Commons Completed
Lords - 60%

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill 2019-21
Presented by Chloe Smith (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Cabinet Office)
2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 27 July, 2020 Committee stage: House of Lords

8 Sep 2020

31 Jul 2020, 7:54 p.m.

A Bill to make provision about reports of the Boundary Commissions under the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986; to make provision about the number of parliamentary constituencies and other rules for the distribution of seats; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords - 40%

Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] 2019-21
Presented by James Brokenshire (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Home Office)
Programme motion: House of Commons 22 June, 2020 7 Jul 2020, 12:34 a.m.

A bill to create a power of arrest, without warrant, for the purpose of extraditing people for serious offences

Lords Completed
Commons - 40%

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill 2017-19 to 2019-21
Presented by Andrew Stephenson (Conservative)
Hybrid Bill Bill reintroduced: House of Commons 3 March, 2020 3 Apr 2020, 4:39 p.m.

A Bill to make provision for a railway between a junction with Phase One of High Speed 2, near Fradley Wood in Staffordshire, and a junction with the West Coast Main Line near Crewe in Cheshire; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords - 40%

Fisheries Bill [HL] 2019-21
Presented by George Eustice (Conservative)
Government Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 2nd reading: House of Commons

1 Sep 2020

23 Jul 2020, 10:19 a.m.

A bill to make provision in relation to fisheries, fishing, aquaculture and marine conservation; to make provision about the functions of the Marine Management Organisation; and for connected purposes

Lords Completed
Commons - 20%

Medicines and Medical Devices Bill 2019-21
Presented by Matt Hancock (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department of Health and Social Care)
1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 24 June, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

2 Sep 2020

29 Jul 2020, 9:43 a.m.

A Bill to confer power to amend or supplement the law relating to human medicines, veterinary medicines and medical devices; make provision about the enforcement of regulations, and the protection of health and safety, in relation to medical devices; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords - 20%

Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] 2019-21
Presented by Alex Chalk (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Ministry of Justice)
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 2nd reading: House of Commons

2 Sep 2020

16 Jul 2020, 12:47 p.m.

A Bill to implement the Hague Conventions of 1996, 2005 and 2007 and to provide for the implementation of other international agreements on private international law.

Lords Completed
Commons - 20%

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2019-21
Presented by Priti Patel (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Home Office)
2nd reading (Minutes of (Proceedings): House of Lords 22 July, 2020 Committee stage: House of Lords

7 Sep 2020

31 Jul 2020, 7:25 p.m.

A Bill to make provision to end rights to free movement of persons under retained EU law and to repeal other retained EU law relating to immigration; to confer power to modify retained direct EU legislation relating to social security co-ordination; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 80%
Lords - 40%

Trade Bill 2019-21
Presented by Elizabeth Truss (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for International Trade)
1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 21 July, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

8 Sep 2020

30 Jul 2020, 3:54 p.m.

A Bill to make provision about the implementation of international trade agreements; to make provision establishing the Trade Remedies Authority and conferring functions on it; and to make provision about the collection and disclosure of information relating to trade.

Commons Completed
Lords - 20%

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill 2019-21
Presented by Robert Buckland (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Ministry of Justice)
1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 22 July, 2020 30 Jul 2020, 3:53 p.m.

A Bill to make provision about the sentencing of offenders convicted of terrorism offences, of offences with a terrorist connection or of certain other offences; to make other provision in relation to terrorism; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords - 20%

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] 2019-21
Presented by Dr Thérèse Coffey (Conservative)
Government Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 16 Jul 2020, 8:27 a.m.

A bill to make provision about pension schemes

Lords Completed
Commons - 20%

Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21
Presented by Priti Patel (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Home Office)
1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 7 July, 2020 15 Jul 2020, 9:33 p.m.

To make provision in relation to domestic abuse; to make provision for and in connection with the establishment of a Domestic Abuse Commissioner; to prohibit cross-examination in person in family proceedings in certain circumstances; to make provision about certain violent or sexual offences, and offences involving other abusive behaviour, committed outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed


5 Bills progressed beyond Second Reading in first house

Title Bill Type Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] 2019-21
Presented by Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Department for Transport)
Committee: 2nd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 12 February, 2020 24 Jun 2020, 5:02 p.m.

A bill to make provision about airspace change proposals and about the licensing regime for air traffic services under Part 1 of the Transport Act 2000, to confer police powers relating to unmanned aircraft and requirements in Air Navigation Orders and to provide for fixed penalties for certain offences relating to unmanned aircraft

Lords - 60%

Environment Bill 2019-21
Presented by George Eustice (Conservative)
Government Bill
Programme motion: House of Commons 22 June, 2020 22 Jul 2020, 11:26 p.m.

A Bill to make provision about targets, plans and policies for improving the natural environment; for statements and reports about environmental protection; for the Office for Environmental Protection; about waste and resource efficiency; about air quality; for the recall of products that fail to meet environmental standards; about water; about nature and biodiversity; for conservation covenants; about the regulation of chemicals; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 60%

Fire Safety Bill 2019-21
Presented by Priti Patel (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Home Office)
Committee Debate: 2nd sitting: House of Commons 25 June, 2020 (1) (2) 21 Jul 2020, 9:14 p.m.

A Bill to make provision about the application of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 where a building contains two or more sets of domestic premises; and to confer power to amend that order in future for the purposes of changing the premises to which it applies.

Commons - 60%

Sentencing Bill [HL] 2019-21
Presented by Lord Keen of Elie (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Ministry of Justice)
Order of Commitment discharged (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 29 July, 2020 30 Jul 2020, 10:07 a.m.

A Bill to consolidate certain enactments relating to sentencing.

Lords - 60%

Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill 2019-21
Presented by Robert Jenrick (Conservative)
Government Bill
(Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Programme motion: House of Commons Committee stage: House of Commons

3 Sep 2020

21 Jul 2020, 10:20 a.m.

A Bill to confer relief from non-domestic rates for hereditaments in England and Wales

Commons - 40%


2 Bills in initial stages

Title Bill Type Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill [HL] 2019-21 Government Bill
(Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)
1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 18 March, 2020 27 Mar 2020, 10:49 a.m.

A bill to make provision to change the dates on which non-domestic rating lists must be compiled; to change the dates by which proposed lists must be sent to billing authorities, the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers; and for connected purposes

Lords - 20%

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-21 Government Bill
(Ministry of Defence)
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 19 Mar 2020, 11:48 a.m.

A Bill to Make provision about legal proceedings and consideration of derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights in connection with operations of the armed forces outside the British Islands.

Commons - 20%