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, 22 March 2011 · 88 speeches

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair]

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    2nd sitting · Tuesday, 22 March 2011 · 89 speeches

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 14 Low Incomes Tax Reform Group WR 15 Macmillan Cancer Support

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    3rd sitting · Thursday, 24 March 2011 · 56 speeches

    [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 20 Low Incomes Tax Reform Group WR 21 Scope WR 22 Rhydian Fôn James WR 23 National Autistic Society WR 24 Mayor of...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    4th sitting · Thursday, 24 March 2011 · 195 speeches

    [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 26 Shelter WR 28 Women’s Budget Group

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    5th sitting · Tuesday, 29 March 2011 · 2 speeches

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 31 National Landlords Association WR 32 Age UK WR 33 Every Disabled Child Matters

    • Clause 1

      47 speeches

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

    • Clause 2

      4 speeches

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

    • Clause 3

      1 speech

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

    • Clause 4

      19 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 4, in clause 4, page 2, line 15, lea ve out ‘18’ and insert ‘16’.

    • Clause 5

      60 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 7, in clause 5, page 3, line 4, afte r ‘it’, insert— “excluding amounts in an Individual Savings Account or other...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    6th sitting · Tuesday, 29 March 2011 · 76 speeches

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair]

    • Clause 6

      11 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 9, in clause 6, page 3, leave out lines 21 and 22.

    • Clause 7

      21 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 11, in clause 7, page 3, leave out lines 32 to 35 and insert— ‘(3A) Regulations shall make provision for universal credit to be payable in...

    • Clause 8

      42 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 16, in clause 8, page 4, line 10, at beginning insert ‘for employees’.

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    7th sitting · Thursday, 31 March 2011 · 1 speech

    [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 34 Residents at St Bridget’s Home WR 35 Daycare Trust WR 36 Association of British Insurers WR 37 Kinship Care...

    • Clause 9

      80 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 3, in clause 9, page 4, line 25, at end insert ‘such regulations will make reference to an independently determined Minimum Income...

    • Clause 10

      5 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 21, in clause 10, page 4, line 30, le ave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    8th sitting · Thursday, 31 March 2011

    [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair]

    • Clause 10

      41 speeches

      Amendment moved (this day): 21, in clause 10, page 4, line 30, leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.—(Margaret Curran.)

    • Clause 11

      125 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 35, in clause 11, page 5, line 4, aft er ‘home’, insert ‘, including mortgage interest payments’.

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    9th sitting · Tuesday, 5 April 2011 · 5 speeches

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 34 Craig Clark WR 41 John Stockley

    • Clause 11

      14 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 25, in clause 11, page 5, line 29, at end add— ‘(c) provide for payments made under this Clause to be paid direct to a landlord.’. It is a pleasure to...

    • Clause 12

      44 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 26, in clause 12, page 5, line 32, le ave out ‘such’ and insert ‘childcare costs in prescribed circumstances (up to a...

    • Clause 13

      24 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 43, in clause 13, page 6, line 8, at end insert— ‘(1A) The Secretary of State shall, when imposing work-related requirements with...

    • Clause 14

      10 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 1, in clause 14, page 6, line 23, at end insert ‘and a statement of the responsibilities of the Secretary of State with regards to...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    10th sitting · Tuesday, 5 April 2011

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair]

    • Clause 14

      21 speeches

      Amendment proposed (this day): 1, in clause 14, page 6, line 23, at end insert ‘and a statement of the responsibilities of the Secretary of State with regards to that...

    • Clause 15

      18 speeches

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

    • Clause 16

      10 speeches

      I rise to speak to amendment 71.

    • Clause 17

      7 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 73, in clause 17, page 8, line 29, af ter ‘locations’, insert ‘, which shall include consideration of the length and...

    • Clause 18

      17 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 30, in clause 18, page 8, line 37, le ave out ‘(or more paid work or better-paid work)’. Amendment 30 deals with the new in-work...

    • Clause 19

      26 speeches

      Claimants subject to no work-related requirements

    • Clause 24

      16 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 49, in clause 24, page 11, line 21, a t end insert— ‘(1A) When imposing requirements under this Part, the Secretary of State must...

    • Clause 25

      5 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 62, in clause 25, page 12, line 4, le ave out ‘complied with or not complied’ and insert ‘engaged with or not engaged’.

    • Clause 26

      6 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 39, in clause 26, page 12, line 12, a t end insert— ‘(1A) The Secretary of State shall, before exercising their powers under...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    11th sitting · Tuesday, 26 April 2011 · 2 speeches

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 42 Carers UK WR 43 The Riverside Group Ltd WR 44 Oxfam GB WR 45 Turning Point WR 46 CLIC Sargent WR 47 Irene Carey WR...

    • Clause 26

      121 speeches

      Amendment proposed (5 April): 39, in clause 26, page 12, line 12, at end insert— ‘(1A) The Secretary of State shall, before exercising their powers under...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    12th sitting · Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair]

    • Clause 26

      31 speeches

      Amendment proposed (this day): 111, in clause 26, page 13, line 8, at end add— ‘(9) Under no circumstances shall the Secretary of State allow any targets to be set...

    • Clause 27

      11 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 159, in clause 27, page 13, line 27, l eave out from ‘State’ to end of line 28. The amendment is to subsection (5), which...

    • Clause 28

      10 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 78, in clause 28, page 14, leave out line 20.

    • Clause 29

      2 speeches

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

    • Clause 30

      6 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 48, in clause 30, page 15, line 21, at end insert— ‘(c) piloting shall measure the impact on health outcomes of any regulations under...

    • Schedule 1

      33 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 58, page 102, schedule 1, leave out lines 18 to 20. The amendment proposes the removal of the enabling paragraph that allows regulations to specify a minimum...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    13th sitting · Thursday, 28 April 2011

    [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 50 Equality and Human Rights Commission WR 51 Councillor Lucinda Yeadon WR 52 Gráinne McKeever WR 53 Convention of...

    • Schedule 1

      22 speeches

      Amendment proposed (26 April): 57, in schedule 1, page 102, line 26, at end insert— ‘(7) Regulations made under this paragraph must specify that a particular...

    • Schedule 2

      18 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 116, page 104, line 15, schedule 2, at end insert— ‘6A In section 71, subsection (11), after paragraph (f) add— “(g) universal credit.”.’.

    • Clause 33

      4 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 88, in clause 33, page 16, line 13, leave out from ‘in’ to ‘an’ in line 15.

    • Clause 34

      7 speeches

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

    • Schedule 3

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 97, in schedule 3, page 114, line 12, at end insert— 4A In section 7 (relationship between benefits), in subsection (3), for “subsections...

    • Schedule 4

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 87, in schedule 4 page 117, line 20, at end insert ‘or (d) to a child credit;’. I hope that this provides an opportunity for the Minister...

    • Schedule 6

      1 speech

      I beg to move amendment 31, in schedule 6, page 121, line 23, at end insert— ‘(4) Before he has fixed the appointed day, the Secretary of State shall publish a...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    14th sitting · Thursday, 28 April 2011

    [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair]

    • Schedule 6

      86 speeches

      Amendment moved (this day): 31, page 121, line 23 [Schedule 6], at end insert— ‘(4) Before he has fixed the appointed day, the Secretary of State shall publish a...

    • Clause 43

      5 speeches

      Amendment made: 90, in clause 43, page 20, line 4, af ter “Part” insert— ‘by the Secretary of State or the Welsh...

    • Clause 44

      17 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 44, in clause 44, page 21, line 29, a t end insert— ‘(4A) A claimant shall not be invited to accept a claimant commitment by an...

    • Clause 45

      0 speeches

      Amendment made: 93, in clause 45, page 23, line 33, after ‘(1)(a)’ insert ‘and (1A)(a)’—(Chris Grayling.)

    • Clause 46

      14 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 85, in clause 46, page 23, line 40, a t end insert— (a) Decision makers employed in Jobcentres and in private jobseeker contractors...

    • Clause 49

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 86, in clause 49, page 35, line 16, a t end insert— 6M Lone Parents Nothing within these regulations shall supersede the provision set...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    15th sitting · Tuesday, 3 May 2011 · 1 speech

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 56 Motor Neurone Disease Association WR 57 London Councils

    • Clause 50

      3 speeches

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

    • Clause 51

      70 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 154, in clause 51, page 35, line 40, l eave out ‘365 days’ and insert ‘a prescribed number of days, which must be at least...

    • Clause 57

      6 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 172, in clause 57, page 45, line 28, a t end insert ‘except where that lone parent can demonstrate that they are enrolled in a course...

    • Clause 59

      2 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill. Maria Miller rose—

    • Clause 60

      1 speech

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

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    16th sitting · Tuesday, 3 May 2011

    [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair]

    • Clause 60

      6 speeches

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

    • Clause 63

      2 speeches

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

    • Clause 68

      102 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 174, in clause 68, page 52, line 19, a t end add— ‘(4) In section 176 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992...

    • Clause 69

      64 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 177, in clause 69, page 52, line 38, a t end insert ‘providing that these amounts are ring-fenced for the purpose set out in that...

    • Clause 72

      10 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 180, in clause 72, page 53, line 34, a t end add— ‘(2) Regulations shall make provision for the payment of a Sure Start Maternity...

    • Clause 73

      1 speech

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

    • Clause 74

      6 speeches

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

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    17th sitting · Tuesday, 10 May 2011

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair]

    • Clause 75

      44 speeches

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

    • Clause 76

      19 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 208, in clause 76, page 54, line 33, a fter ‘condition’, insert ‘or communication needs’.

    • Clause 77

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 212, in clause 77, page 55, line 39, l eave out from ‘where’ to end of the clause and insert ‘the person is in a coma or...

    • Clause 78

      15 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 193, in clause 78, page 56, line 21, a t end insert— ‘(d) must provide for the assessment to be carried out in accordance with...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    18th sitting · Tuesday, 10 May 2011

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair]

    • Clause 78

      93 speeches

      Amendment proposed (this day): 201, in clause 78, page 56, line 29, at end insert— ‘(d) allowing a suitable person, as defined under regulations, to...

    • Clause 79

      30 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 220, in clause 79, page 56, line 45, l eave out ‘6’ and insert ‘3’.

    • Clause 81

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 224, in clause 81, page 58, line 6, at end insert ‘otherwise than by virtue of an award made before he attains that age.’. Hon....

    • Clause 83

      52 speeches

      In a change to the published selection list, I intend to select amendment 247. The reason why I have decided to do so is that, although amendment 247 has not been tabled with the notice that I...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    19th sitting · Thursday, 12 May 2011

    [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 62 British Heart Foundation WR 63 Habinteg Housing Association WR 64 Oasis Charities Parliament WR 65 Capability...

    • Clause 86

      31 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 227, in clause 86, page 59, line 33, at end insert ‘at least every two years for at least six years after that section comes into force’.

    • Clause 87

      17 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 198, in clause 87, page 60, line 4, at end add ‘for over 16’s’. Good morning, Mr Weir. The amendment relates to the...

    • Schedule 10

      2 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 231, in schedule 10, page 138, line 36, at end insert— ‘(3) The Secretary of State shall not transfer any existing recipients of disability...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    20th sitting · Thursday, 12 May 2011

    [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair]

    • Schedule 10

      2 speeches

      Amendment proposed (this day): 231, in schedule 10, page 138, line 36, at end insert— ‘(3) The Secretary of State shall not transfer any existing recipients of...

    • Clause 91

      27 speeches

      Amendment made: 94, in clause 91, page 61, line 7, leave out “under this Part” at insert— “made under this Part by the Secretary of State”—(Maria Miller.)

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    21st sitting · Tuesday, 17 May 2011

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 67 CARE WR 68 Surrey Welfare Rights Unit WR 69 Camphill Scotland

    • Clause 93

      73 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 205, in clause 93, page 61, line 40, a t end insert ‘excepting where they are the parent(s) or principal carer(s) of a child who is the...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    22nd sitting · Tuesday, 17 May 2011 · 2 speeches

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair]

    • Clause 93

      40 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 233, in clause 93, page 62, line 25, a t end insert— ‘(5A) Regulations under this section must provide for an exemption from the...

    • Clause 94

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 248, in clause 94, page 63, line 13, leave out subsection (4) and insert— ‘(4) In section 150 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 (annual up-rating...

    • Clause 97

      14 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 249, in clause 97, page 64, line 34, a t end insert— ‘(3C) For the purposes of paragraph (3B), elements or sub-elements of the...

    • Clause 98

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 250, in clause 98, page 65, line 6, at end insert— ‘(3) Where there is insufficient information to calculate entitlement to the...

    • Clause 99

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 251, in clause 99, page 66, line 16, a t end insert— ‘(10) In section 5(1) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992...

    • Clause 101

      8 speeches

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

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    23rd sitting · Thursday, 19 May 2011 · 1 speech

    [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair]

    • Clause 102

      21 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 254, in clause 102, page 67, leave out lines 22 and 23.

    • Clause 104

      4 speeches

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

    • Clause 107

      16 speeches

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

    • Clause 111

      7 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 257, in clause 111, page 74, line 36,  leave out ‘an’ and insert ‘a significant’.

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    24th sitting · Thursday, 19 May 2011 · 4 speeches

    [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair]

    • Clause 111

      25 speeches

      Amendment proposed (this day): 257, in clause 111, page 74, line 36, leave out ‘an’ and insert ‘a significant’. —(Ms Buck.)

    • Clause 115

      3 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 284, in clause 115, page 80, line 48,  leave out ‘5 April 2012’ and insert ‘the day specified by order made by the...

    • Clause 121

      19 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 267, in clause 121, page 90, line 39,  at end insert— ‘(11) The Secretary of State shall commission a report, which is to be...

    • Clause 128

      46 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 268, in clause 128, page 97, line 2, l eave out from ‘Commission’ to end of line 8 and insert ‘may with a view to ensuring...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    25th sitting · Tuesday, 24 May 2011

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair] Written evidence to be reported to the House WR 70 Runnymede Borough Council WR 71 Mrs Jane Young WR 72 Convention of Scottish Local Authorities WR 73 Association of...

  • Welfare Reform Bill

    26th sitting · Tuesday, 24 May 2011

    [Mr James Gray in the Chair]

    • Schedule 13 - Repeals

      0 speeches

      Amendments made: 100, in schedule 13, page 146, leave out line 29 and insert— ‘Section 6. In section 7— (a) in the heading, the words “community charge benefits...

    • Clause 136 - Commencement

      30 speeches

      I beg to move amendment 287, in clause 136, page 100, line 3,  at end insert— ‘() section [Recovery of fines etc by deductions from employment and...

    • New Clause 6 - Social Fund review

      11 speeches

      ‘The Government will lay before parliament annually a review of the impact of the abolition of a nationally administered social fund which will cover the following topics— (1) The...

    • New Clause 7 - Advice on financial assistance

      3 speeches

      ‘The Government will require all those working with applicants for welfare provision who are publicly funded to ensure their clients are informed about the existence of publicly provided...

    • Part 3 - Supplementary amendments to other Acts

      0 speeches

      14 In Schedule 1 to the Public Records Act 1958 (definition of public records), in Part 2 of the Table at the end of paragraph 3— (a) the entry relating to the Child Poverty Commission is...

    • Title

      3 speeches

      Amendment made: 291, title, line 4 after ‘jobcentres;’ insert ‘to establish the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission;’.—(Chris Grayling.)

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Committee membership and attendance (out of 26)

Chairpersons

  • James Gray (15)
  • Michael Weir (11)

Members

  • Karen Buck (26)
  • Stephen Timms (25)
  • Chris Grayling (24)
  • Maria Miller (24)
  • Jennifer Willott (26)
  • Ian Paisley Jnr (5)
  • Chloe Smith (26)
  • Julie Elliott (24)
  • Jane Ellison (25)
  • Margaret Curran (24)
  • Guto Bebb (26)
  • Anas Sarwar (24)
  • Sheila Gilmore (26)
  • Lilian Greenwood (26)
  • Charlie Elphicke (23)
  • Priti Patel (23)
  • Harriett Baldwin (26)
  • Yvonne Fovargue (20)
  • Ian Swales (22)
  • John Glen (24)
  • Esther McVey (25)
  • Paul Uppal (26)
  • Kate Green (26)
  • George Hollingbery (24)
  • Sarah Newton (24)
  • Teresa Pearce (22)

[ Committee memberships can change partway through ]