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.

  • Localism Bill

    1st sitting · Tuesday, 25 January 2011 · 164 speeches

    [Mr David Amess in the Chair]

  • Localism Bill

    2nd sitting · Tuesday, 25 January 2011 · 116 speeches

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair]

  • Localism Bill

    3rd sitting · Thursday, 27 January 2011 · 45 speeches

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House L 02 Wildlife and Countryside Link L 03 Colin Crawford L 04 Fleet Town Council L 05 Bar Association L 06 Town and Country...

  • Localism Bill

    4th sitting · Thursday, 27 January 2011 · 105 speeches

    [Mr David Amess in the Chair]

  • Localism Bill

    5th sitting · Tuesday, 1 February 2011 · 9 speeches

    [Mr David Amess in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House L 35 Harpenden town council L 36 Rural Coalition L 37 British Holiday & Home Parks Association L 38 Royal Institute...

    • Clause 1

      48 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 26, in clause 1, page 1, line 6, at end insert It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Amess, and to speak in the...

    • Clause 3

      2 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 4

      2 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 5

      48 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 27, in clause 5, page 4, line 4, leav e out ‘may by order’ and insert ‘must report to Parliament on how that provision...

  • Localism Bill

    6th sitting · Tuesday, 1 February 2011

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair]

    • Clause 5

      1 speech

      Question (this day) again proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 6

      2 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 8

      66 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 31, in clause 8, page 7, line 39, lea ve out ‘may by order’ and insert ‘must report to Parliament on how that provision...

    • Clause 9

      20 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Schedule 2

      107 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 35, in schedule 2, page 173, leave out line 2.

  • Localism Bill

    7th sitting · Thursday, 3 February 2011 · 4 speeches

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House L 48 Philip Coleman L 49 David Alexander L 50 Institute of Historic Building Conservation L 51 Highgate Society L 52...

    • Clause 13

      9 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 16

      25 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 41, in clause 16, page 15, line 44, l eave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’. The amendment makes a code of conduct for...

    • Clause 17

      8 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

  • Localism Bill

    8th sitting · Thursday, 3 February 2011

    [Mr David Amess in the Chair]

    • Clause 17

      9 speeches

      Question (this day) again proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 21

      49 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 45, in clause 21, page 18, line 28, a fter ‘statement’, insert ‘and a low pay policy statement’.

    • Clause 23

      4 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 24

      6 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 27

      20 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 28

      8 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 30

      28 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 31

      0 speeches

      Question put, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

  • Localism Bill

    9th sitting · Tuesday, 8 February 2011

    [Mr David Amess in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House L 64 Mobile Operators Association (MOA) L 65 The Waterways Project L 66 Henry Peterson OBE L 67 Sophia Lambert, Chair of...

    • Clause 32

      0 speeches

      Question put, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 33

      0 speeches

      Question put, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 34

      0 speeches

      Question put, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 35

      7 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 36

      12 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 37

      8 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 39

      98 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 79, in clause 39, page 28, line 16, leave out subsection (1) and insert—

    • Clause 40

      7 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 123, in clause 40, page 29, line 10, leave out subsection (2).

  • Localism Bill

    10th sitting · Tuesday, 8 February 2011

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair]

    • Clause 40

      19 speeches

      Amendment proposed (this day): 123, in clause 40, page 29, line 10, leave out subsection (2).—(Stephen Gilbert.)

    • Clause 41

      0 speeches

      Amendment proposed: 81, in clause 41, page 30, line 2, leave out ‘5%’ and insert ‘10%’.—(Barbara Keeley.)

    • Clause 42

      22 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 84, in clause 42, page 30, line 10, l eave out paragraphs (b) and (c) and insert— We are still seeking to test and scrutinise the...

    • Clause 43

      10 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 44

      60 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 86, in clause 44, page 31, line 25, l eave out subsection (5).

    • Clause 45

      3 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 50

      11 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 125, in clause 50, page 34, line 9, leave out subsections (4) and (5). The Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my hon....

    • Clause 52

      7 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 53

      18 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 54

      7 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 56

      5 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Schedule 5

      27 speeches

      Question proposed, that the schedule be the Fifth schedule to the Bill.

    • Clause 57

      5 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 103, in clause 57, page 37, line 13, a t end insert— There is something of a dichotomy. The principle of the Localism Bill is to...

  • Localism Bill

    11th sitting · Thursday, 10 February 2011

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House L 81 National Farmers Union L 82 Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers L 83 Keighley town council L 84 Peter...

    • Clause 66

      51 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 88, in clause 66, page 48, line 28, a t end insert—

  • Localism Bill

    12th sitting · Thursday, 10 February 2011

    [Mr David Amessin the Chair]

    • Clause 66

      36 speeches

      Amendment proposed (this day): 88, in clause 66, page 48, line 28, at end insert—

    • Clause 67

      5 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 94, in clause 67, page 49, line 35, l eave out subsection (5). Here we go again. I am afraid this is the same old territory: we are seeking...

    • Clause 68

      28 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 95, in clause 68, page 50, line 1, le ave out subsection (2) and insert—

    • Clause 70

      2 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 71

      24 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 105, in clause 71, page 51, line 17, l eave out subsections (3) and (4) and insert— It is a pleasure to serve with you in the Chair, Mr...

    • Clause 72

      18 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 122, in clause 72, page 52, line 7, at end insert Some 10 or 11 years ago, we had a big school reorganisation in Bradford in which we moved...

    • Clause 73

      5 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 106, in clause 73, page 53, line 10, l eave out sub-paragraph (iii) and insert—

    • Clause 74

      7 speeches

      I rise to speak to amendment 129, in clause 74, page 53, line 38, a t end insert—

  • Localism Bill

    13th sitting · Tuesday, 15 February 2011

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House L 89 Basildon borough council L 90 Taunton Deane borough council’s standards committee L 91 Planning Officers Society...

    • Clause 75

      4 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 76

      13 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 109, in clause 76, page 54, line 32, a t end insert ‘and this review must take no longer than 12 weeks’.

    • Clause 77

      2 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill

    • Clause 79

      22 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 116, in clause 79, page 56, line 22, l eave out ‘C’ and insert ‘D’.

    • Clause 80

      2 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 82

      10 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 120, in clause 82, page 58, line 2, le ave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.

    • Clause 88

      6 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 89

      47 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

  • Localism Bill

    14th sitting · Tuesday, 15 February 2011

    [Mr David Amess in the Chair]

    • Clause 89

      103 speeches

      Question (this day) again proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

  • Localism Bill

    15th sitting · Thursday, 17 February 2011 · 1 speech

    [Mr David Amess in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House L 107 Peter Hayward—further memorandum L 108 Hampshire county council L 109 Kathleen English L 110 Society of...

    • Clause 90

      30 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 194, in clause 90, page 61, line 36, a t end insert

  • Localism Bill

    16th sitting · Thursday, 17 February 2011 · 19 speeches

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair]

    • Clause 91

      25 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 151, in clause 91, page 61, line 41, l eave out subsection (2) and insert I am grateful for the Minister’s constructive response to the...

    • Clause 92

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 133, in clause 92, page 63, line 33, a t end insert— The amendment gives us an opportunity to explore the Government’s thinking,...

    • Clause 94

      13 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 134, in clause 94, page 64, line 16, a t end insert—

    • Clause 95

      16 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Schedule 9

      55 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 158, in schedule 9, page 288, line 34, at end insert ‘to whom a proposal for the making of a neighbourhood development order has been made’.

  • Localism Bill

    17th sitting · Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House L 115 Chartered Institute of Housing L 116 National Association for Planning Enforcement L 117 Theatres Trust L 118 Fylde...

    • Schedule 9

      63 speeches

      Amendment proposed (17 February): 206, in schedule 9, page 290, line 9, leave out from ‘if’ to end of line 10 and insert—

    • Schedule 10

      25 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 164, in schedule 10, page 300, line 12, at end insert “by the authority in relation to a neighbourhood area within the area of the authority”.

    • Schedule 11

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 166, in schedule 11, page 313, line 8, leave out ‘neighbourhood development’ and insert ‘community right to build’. The...

    • Clause 100

      2 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

  • Localism Bill

    18th sitting · Tuesday, 1 March 2011 · 3 speeches

    [Mr David Amess in the Chair]

    • Clause 100

      5 speeches

      Question (this day) again proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 101

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 235, in clause 101, page 71, line 34,  at end insert— This important amendment would introduce much-needed flexibility, with a caveat...

    • Clause 102

      13 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 152, in clause 102, page 72, line 34,  at end insert—

    • Clause 103

      6 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 105

      2 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 107

      14 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Schedule 13

      10 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 239, in schedule 13, page 319, line 20, at end insert—

    • Clause 108

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 237, in clause 108, page 89, line 16,  leave out subsections (1) and (2) and insert— At present, the Bill leaves on a case-by-case...

    • Clause 109

      4 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 248, in clause 109, page 92, leave out lines 20 to 26.

    • Clause 121

      18 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 220, in clause 121, page 105, line 38,  ;at end insert—

  • Localism Bill

    19th sitting · Thursday, 3 March 2011

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House L 152 Neighbourhood group from a combined Hampshire village of Wildhern and the hamlet of Charlton Down (Matt Dobson, Ian...

    • Clause 122

      26 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 223, in clause 122, page 106, line 40, after ‘may’, insert ‘after a consultation of not less than 12 weeks with local housing authorities,...

    • Clause 123

      8 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 225, in clause 123, page 109, leave out lines 1 to 3. The amendment deals with yet another power that Ministers want to award to the Secretary of...

    • Clause 124

      5 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 226, in clause 124, page 110, line 19,  ;after ‘suitability’, insert ‘and affordability’.

  • Localism Bill

    20th sitting · Thursday, 3 March 2011

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair]

    • Clause 124

      78 speeches

      Amendment moved (this day): 226, in clause 124, page 110, line 19, after ‘suitability’, insert ‘and affordability’.—(Alison Seabeck.)

    • Clause 125

      20 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 170, in clause 125, page 111, line 33,  ;at end insert

    • Clause 126

      13 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 255, in clause 126, page 113, line 16,  ;leave out subsection (2) and insert—

  • Localism Bill

    21st sitting · Tuesday, 8 March 2011

    [Hugh Bayley in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House L 159 Jessica Sim L 160 RES L 161 Fire Industry Association and British Security Industry Association L 162 Association of...

    • Clause 128

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 172, in clause 128, page 114, line 20, leave out ‘that Act’ and insert It is good to start on what I hope will be the home straight,...

    • Clause 129

      5 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 261, in clause 129, page 114, line 33,  ;at end insert— We have no major objections to the clause, so I will speak briefly to the...

    • Clause 130

      54 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 254, in clause 130, page 116, line 33, after ‘subject’, insert ‘to the discretion of the court not to make an order if it...

    • Clause 131

      7 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 132

      9 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 134

      4 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 264, in clause 134, page 121, line 36,  ;at end insert ‘or The amendment will no doubt seem familiar to the Committee, as it is broadly...

  • Localism Bill

    22nd sitting · Tuesday, 8 March 2011

    [Mr David Amess in the Chair]

    • Clause 137

      5 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 140

      4 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 141

      5 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 142

      3 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 144

      6 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 148

      10 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 150

      6 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Schedule 16

      11 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 285, in schedule 16, page 341, line 16, at end insert—

    • Schedule 17

      11 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 290, in schedule 17, page 351, line 40, at end insert— I shall be brief. The amendment deals with a matter that was raised with us by the National Housing...

    • Clause 153

      15 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 266, in clause 153, page 130, line 21,  ;leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.

    • - Clause 159

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 284, in clause 159, page 143, line 6, at end insert— Much to my relief, this is the probably the last clause to which I will speak. It has...

    • Clause 162

      14 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Clause 163

      2 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

    • Schedule 19

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 272, in schedule 19, page 356, line 3, leave out paragraph 1.

    • Clause 169

      22 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 126, in clause 169, page 148, line 34,  ;leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.

    • Clause 173

      1 speech

      I beg to move amendment 173, in clause 173, page 151, line 41, after ‘has’ insert ‘(whether before or after the passing of this Act)’. Clause 173...

    • Clause 185

      0 speeches

      Amendment made: 174, in clause 185, page 157, line 28, after ‘has’ insert ‘(whether before or after the passing of this Act)’.—(Robert Neill.)

    • Clause 194

      4 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 292, in clause 194, page 161, line 18, after ‘subject to’, insert ‘formal agreement from a majority of London borough councils...

    • Clause 195

      8 speeches

      I call Barbara Keeley to move amendment 271. [ Interruption. ]

  • Localism Bill

    23rd sitting · Thursday, 10 March 2011 · 3 speeches

    [Mr David Amess in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House L 167 Hunstanton town council L 168 Birmingham city council—additional memorandum L 169 Kent Federation of Amenity...

    • Clause 199

      6 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

  • Localism Bill

    24th sitting · Thursday, 10 March 2011

    [Mr David Amess in the Chair]

    • New Clause 11

      11 speeches

      Brought up, read the First time, and Question proposed (this day), That the clause be read a Second time.

    • Clause 201

      0 speeches

      Amendment made: 175, in clause 201, page 166, line 17, leave out ‘primary’.—(Greg Clark.)

    • Clause 205

      0 speeches

      Amendments made: 176, in clause 205, page 168,line 21, leave out from ‘202(1)’ to ‘, and’ in line 22. 177, in...

    • Clause 206

      3 speeches

      Amendments made: 180, in clause 206, page 169,line 11, leave out ‘The following provisions’ and insert ‘Subject to subsections (1) and (3) to (6), provisions...

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Committee membership and attendance (out of 24)

Chairpersons

  • David Amess (12)
  • Hugh Bayley (12)

Members

  • Siobhain McDonagh (14)
  • Nick Raynsford (23)
  • Lord Stunell (24)
  • Bill Wiggin (24)
  • Alison Seabeck (23)
  • Greg Clark (24)
  • David Simpson (3)
  • Barbara Keeley (22)
  • Bob Neill (24)
  • John Howell (24)
  • Julie Elliott (24)
  • Alun Cairns (24)
  • Nicholas Dakin (18)
  • Henry Smith (24)
  • Jack Dromey (24)
  • James Morris (22)
  • Fiona Bruce (24)
  • Gavin Barwell (22)
  • Brandon Lewis (24)
  • Ian Mearns (20)
  • Stephen Gilbert (23)
  • Jonathan Reynolds (22)
  • David Ward (18)
  • Iain Stewart (22)
  • Heidi Alexander (21)
  • Eric Ollerenshaw (23)

[ Committee memberships can change partway through ]