Government Bills currently before Parliament


Government Bills are tabled by HM Government Ministers to enact legislative goals communicated during the Queen's Speech.

They are allocated Government time in the House of Commons and utilise programme motions to achieve a timely passage through the Commons. If you wish to contribute your view on a Government bill to your MP, it will be more likely to have an impact if made early in the bill process.



2 Bills received Royal Assent

These Bills are enacted into law as Acts of Parliament following completion of the Bill Process.
Acts of Parliament come into effect at midnight following Royal Assent, unless a date is specified within the Act.
Introduced: 9th March 2021

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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 10th June 2021 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 30th June 2021

A Bill to authorise the use of resources for the year ending with 31 March 2022; to authorise both the issue of sums out of the Consolidated Fund and the application of income for that year; and to appropriate the supply authorised for that year by this Act and by the Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2021.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 19th July 2021 and was enacted into law.


2 Bills in Ping Pong

Ping Pong is the final stage of the Bill Process. Amendments made by the Second House are reconciled to the text originally produced by the First House.

The First House will vote on whether to accept, reject or offer their own amendments in lieu of the Second House Amendments, which are then sent back to the Second House.

In turn, the Second House can accept, reject, withdraw or offer their own amendments in lieu. Newly proposed amendments in lieu are then returned to the First House, where the cycle repeats.

The back and forward exchange inspires the name 'Ping Pong'. Ping Pong continues until either mutually agreeable final text is created or (extremely rarely) the Bill is abandoned.


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 Completed
Lords Completed
Awaiting Ping-Pong

Last Event - 3rd Reading (Lords)
Wednesday 13th October 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Consideration Of Lords Amendments (Commons)
Wednesday 20th October 2021
Introduced: 8th September 2021

A Bill to make provision imposing a tax (to be known as the health and social care levy), the proceeds of which are payable to the Secretary of State towards the cost of health care and social care, on amounts in respect of which national insurance contributions are, or would be if no restriction by reference to pensionable age were applicable, payable; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Awaiting Ping-Pong

Last Event - 3rd Reading (Lords)
Monday 11th October 2021
(Read Debate)

10 Bills progressing in the second house

These Bills have completed the Bill Process in the first house and are now within the Bill Process of the Second House. Once the Second House has added their own amendments, the Bill will move to the Ping Pong phase of exchanging amendments.

Introduced: 12th May 2021

A Bill to provide for the payment out of money provided by Parliament of expenditure incurred by the Treasury for, or in connection with, the payment of compensation to customers of London Capital & Finance plc; provide for the making of loans to the Board of the Pension Protection Fund for the purposes of its fraud compensation functions; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Lords)
Monday 11th October 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Lords)
Tuesday 19th October 2021

A Bill to make provision about matters attributable to coronavirus that may not be taken account of in making certain determinations for the purposes of non-domestic rating; and to make provision in connection with the disqualification of directors of companies that are dissolved without becoming insolvent.

Commons Completed
Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Lords)
Friday 10th September 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Lords)
Tuesday 19th October 2021

A Bill to make provision about the security of public electronic communications networks and public electronic communications services.

Commons Completed
Lords - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage (Lords)
Tuesday 13th July 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Report Stage (Lords)
Tuesday 19th October 2021
Introduced: 9th March 2021

A Bill to make provision about the police and other emergency workers; to make provision about collaboration between authorities to prevent and reduce serious violence; to make provision about offensive weapons homicide reviews; to make provision for new offences and for the modification of existing offences; to make provision about the powers of the police and other authorities for the purposes of preventing, detecting, investigating or prosecuting crime or investigating other matters; to make provision about the maintenance of public order; to make provision about the removal, storage and disposal of vehicles; to make provision in connection with driving offences; to make provision about cautions; to make provision about bail and remand; to make provision about sentencing, detention, release, management and rehabilitation of offenders; to make provision about secure 16 to 19 Academies; to make provision for and in connection with procedures before courts and tribunals; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading (Lords)
Tuesday 14th September 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Committee Stage (Lords)
Wednesday 20th October 2021

A Bill to make provision relating to the up-rating of certain social security benefits payable in the tax year 2022-23.

Commons Completed
Lords - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading (Lords)
Wednesday 13th October 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Committee Stage (Lords)
Tuesday 26th October 2021
Introduced: 26th January 2021

A Bill to continue the Armed Forces Act 2006; to amend that Act and other enactments relating to the armed forces; to make provision about service in the reserve forces; to make provision about pardons for certain abolished service offences; to make provision about war pensions; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading (Lords)
Tuesday 7th September 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Committee Stage (Lords)
Wednesday 27th October 2021

A Bill to make provision for and in connection with the establishment of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency.

Commons Completed
Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Lords)
Tuesday 8th June 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Lords)
Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Introduced: 12th May 2021

A Bill to make provision about the dissolution and calling of Parliament, including provision for the repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011; and for connected purposes.

Commons Completed
Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Lords)
Tuesday 14th September 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision about the rent payable under long leases of dwellings; and for connected purposes

Lords Completed
Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 15th September 2021
(Read Debate)
Introduced: 12th May 2021

A Bill to make provision in relation to national insurance contributions.

Commons Completed
Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Lords)
Tuesday 7th September 2021
(Read Debate)

1 Bill 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.

Introduced: 18th May 2021

A Bill to make provision about local skills improvement plans; to make provision relating to further education; to make provision about functions of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and relating to technical education qualifications; to make provision about student finance and fees; to make provision about assessments by the Office for Students; to make provision about the funding of certain post-16 education or training providers; and for connected purposes

Lords - 80%

Last Event - Report Stage (Lords)
Tuesday 12th October 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 3rd Reading (Lords)
Monday 25th October 2021

13 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.

Introduced: 8th September 2021

A Bill to make provision about the meaning of references to Article 23A benchmarks in contracts and other arrangements; and to make provision about the liability of administrators of Article 23A benchmarks

Lords - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading (Lords)
Wednesday 13th October 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Committee Stage (Lords)
Monday 25th October 2021

A Bill to make provision regulating the giving of subsidies out of public resources; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 22nd September 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision about the safety of people in or about buildings and the standard of buildings, to amend the Architects Act 1997, and to amend provision about complaints made to a housing ombudsman.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage (Commons)
Thursday 9th September 2021
(Read Debate)
Introduced: 5th July 2021

A Bill to make provision about the administration and conduct of elections, including provision designed to strengthen the integrity of the electoral process; about overseas electors; about voting and candidacy rights of EU citizens; about the designation of a strategy and policy statement for the Electoral Commission; about the membership of the Speaker's Committee; about the Electoral Commission's functions in relation to criminal proceedings; about financial information to be provided by a political party on applying for registration; for preventing a person being registered as a political party and being a recognised non-party campaigner at the same time; about regulation of expenditure for political purposes; about disqualification of offenders for holding elective offices; about information to be included in electronic campaigning material; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Instruction
Monday 20th September 2021
(Read Debate)
Introduced: 6th July 2021

Make provision about nationality, asylum and immigration; to make provision about victims of slavery or human trafficking; to provide a power for Tribunals to charge participants where their behaviour has wasted the Tribunal’s resources; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage (Commons)
Tuesday 21st September 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision about health and social care.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage (Commons)
Tuesday 7th September 2021
(Read Debate)
Introduced: 19th July 2021

A Bill to make provision about public service pension schemes, including retrospective provision to rectify unlawful discrimination in the way in which existing schemes were restricted under the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 and corresponding Northern Ireland legislation; to make provision for the establishment of new public pension schemes for members of occupational pension schemes of bodies that were brought into public ownership under the Banking (Special Provisions) Act 2008; to make provision about the remuneration and the date of retirement of holders of certain judicial offices; to make provision about judicial service after retirement; and for connected purposes

Lords - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage (Lords)
Monday 11th October 2021
(Read Debate)
Introduced: 12th May 2021

A Bill to make provision in relation to freedom of speech and academic freedom in higher education institutions and in students’ unions; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage (Commons)
Tuesday 7th September 2021
(Read Debate)
Introduced: 12th May 2021

A Bill to make provision about Ministerial appointments, extraordinary Assembly elections, the Ministerial Code of Conduct and petitions of concern in Northern Ireland.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage (Commons)
Tuesday 29th June 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision for an Animal Sentience Committee with functions relating to the effect of government policy on the welfare of animals as sentient beings

Lords - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage (Lords)
Tuesday 6th July 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision for and in connection with an expanded dormant assets scheme; to confer power to further expand the scope of that scheme; to amend the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008; to enable an authorised reclaim fund to accept transfers of certain unwanted assets; and for connected purposes

Lords - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage (Lords)
Monday 21st June 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision relating to entitlement to practise certain professions, occupations and trades; and for connected purposes

Lords - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage (Lords)
Wednesday 9th June 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to amend the Charities Act 2011 and the Universities and College Estates Act 1925; and for connected purposes

Lords - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading (Lords)
Wednesday 14th July 2021
(Read Debate)

2 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.

Introduced: 21st July 2021

A Bill to Make provision about the provision that may be made by, and the effects of, quashing orders; to make provision restricting judicial review of certain decisions of the Upper Tribunal; to make provision about the use of written and electronic procedures in courts and tribunals; to make other provision about procedure in, and the organisation of, courts and tribunals; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 21st July 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Monday 18th October 2021

A Bill to make provision about the welfare of certain kept animals that are in, imported into, or exported from Great Britain.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Tuesday 8th June 2021
Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Monday 25th October 2021