Public Bill Committees

Previously called Standing Committees, Public Bill Commitees study proposed legislation (Bills) in detail, debating each clause and reporting any amendments to the Commons for further debate.

There are at least 16 MPs on a Committee, and the proportion of parties reflects the House of Commons, so the government always has a majority.

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    1st sitting · Tuesday, 10 February 2009 · 58 speeches

    [Mr. David Amess in the Chair]

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    2nd sitting · Tuesday, 10 February 2009 · 78 speeches

    [Mr. David Amess in the Chair] WR 01 Age Concern and Help the Aged WR 02 Barnardo’s

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    3rd sitting · Thursday, 12 February 2009 · 62 speeches

    [Mr. Jim Hood in the Chair] WR 03 Families Need Fathers, Resolution, The Centre for Separated Families, Jewish Unity for Multiple Parenting, Mothers Apart from their Children

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    4th sitting · Tuesday, 24 February 2009

    (Morning)

    • Clause 1

      37 speeches

      Schemes for assisting persons to obtain employment: “work for your benefit” schemes etc.

    • Clause 2

      39 speeches

      Work-related activity: income suport claimants and partners of claimants

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    5th sitting · Tuesday, 24 February 2009

    [Mr. Jim Hood in the Chair]

    • Clause 2

      41 speeches

      Work-related activity: income support claimants and partners of claimants

    • Clause 3

      0 speeches

      Entitlement to jobseeker’s allowance without seeking employment etc

    • Clause 9

      24 speeches

      Claimants dependent on drugs etc.

    • Clause 10

      3 speeches

      Conditions for contributory jobseeker’s allowance

    • Clause 12

      4 speeches

      Maternity allowance and carer’s allowance

    • Clause 14

      2 speeches

      Power to restrict availability of social fund loans

    • Clause 16

      2 speeches

      Community care grants relating to specified goods or services

  • 6th sitting · Thursday, 26 February 2009

    [Mr. David Amess in the Chair]

    • Schedule 4

      0 speeches

      Loss of benefit provisions: further amendments

    • Clause 21

      10 speeches

      State pension credit: pilot schemes

    • Clause 23

      3 speeches

      Contracting out functions under Jobseekers Act 1995

  • 7th sitting · Thursday, 26 February 2009

    [Mr. David Amess in the Chair]

    • Clause 31

      18 speeches

      Power to make provision enabling exercise of greater choice and control

    • Clause 32

      18 speeches

      Provision that may be made about direct payments

    • Clause 35

      3 speeches

      The appropriate authority by which regulations under section 31 are made

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    8th sitting · Tuesday, 3 March 2009

    [Mr. Jim Hood in the Chair]

    • Clause 40

      17 speeches

      Disqualification for holding etc. driving licence or travel authorisation

    • Clause 43

      3 speeches

      Child support maintenance: offences relating to information

    • Clause 45

      3 speeches

      Consequential amendments of subordinate legislation

    • New Clause 1

      8 speeches

      Ambit of appeals under section 20 of the 1991 Act ‘(1) Section 20 of the Child Support Act 1991 (c. 48) (appeals to appeal tribunals) is amended as follows. (2) Subsection 7(b) (appeal...

    • New Clause 2

      11 speeches

      Disability living allowance: mobility component ‘(1) Section 73 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (c. 4) (the mobility component) is amended as follows. (2) In...

    • New Clause 6

      10 speeches

      Minimum income level for persons subject to sanctions ‘Regulations made by the Secretary of State shall set minimum income figures per week which no individual or family in receipt of...

    • New Clause 9

      3 speeches

      Grandparents national insurance credit ‘(1) The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (c. 4) is amended as follows. (2) In section 23A(3)(c) (Contributions credits for relevant...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    9th sitting · Tuesday, 3 March 2009

    (Afternoon)

    • None

      1 speech

      At the end of the morning, when I was only with you in spirit, we had reached new clause 9, and Mr. Robertson was in the process of moving his new clause.

    • New Clause 9

      3 speeches

      Grandparents national insurance credit ‘(1) The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (c. 4) is amended as follows. (2) In section 23A(3)(c) (Contributions credits for relevant...

    • New Clause 11

      7 speeches

      Claimants’ Charter and Employment Services Ombudsman ‘(1) Regulations under this section shall make provision for the extension of the powers of the Parliamentary and Health Services...

    • New Clause 13

      8 speeches

      Passporting of Jobseeker’s Allowance ‘(1) The Jobseekers Act 1995 (c.18) is amended as follows. (2) After section 27 insert— “27A Passporting of Jobseeker’s Allowance (1)...

All bills in this session

Committee membership and attendance (out of 9)

Chairpersons

  • David Amess (5)
  • Jimmy Hood (4)

Members

  • James Clappison (9)
  • Helen Jones (9)
  • Peter Lilley (8)
  • Tony McNulty (9)
  • James Plaskitt (9)
  • Jonathan R Shaw (7)
  • John Robertson (7)
  • John Baron (8)
  • Ann McKechin (9)
  • Meg Munn (9)
  • Kitty Ussher (9)
  • Mark Harper (9)
  • Paul Rowen (9)
  • Gordon Banks (9)
  • John Howell (9)
  • John Mason (9)

[ Committee memberships can change partway through ]