• Research Briefing

    British Nationality (Regularisation of Past Practice) Bill: HL Bill 144 of 2022–23

    The British Nationality (Regularisation of Past Practice) Bill would deal with a legal issue that has come to light which casts doubt on the British citizenship of some people born in the UK to European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss nationals between 1 January 1983 and 1 October 2000. The bill would amend the British Nationality Act 1981 to effectively confirm the British citizenship of these individuals.

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    Powers of Attorney Bill: HL Bill 121 of 2022–23

    The Powers of Attorney Bill would introduce changes to the existing process for making and registering lasting powers of attorney (LPA). This would include introducing identity verification when applying to register an LPA and streamlining how individuals could object to the registration. It would allow different processes and evidence to be accepted depending on whether an LPA is made digitally, on paper or a combination of the two. Additionally, it would permit chartered legal executives to certify copies of LPAs.

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    Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill: HL Bill 126 of 2022–23

    The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill is a private member’s bill sponsored by Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent (Labour). The bill would give workers who have a lack of predictability regarding their working patterns, such as workers on zero hours contracts, a legal right to request a change in their terms and conditions. It was first introduced in the House of Commons and received cross-party support.

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    Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Bill: HL Bill 125 of 2022–23

    The Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Bill is a private member’s bill which provides for a new offence of causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress to a person in public because of that person’s sex or presumed sex. The bill has cross-party support and has passed all stages in the House of Commons. It is due to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 16 June 2023.

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    Non-Domestic Rating Bill: HL Bill 140 of 2022–23

    The Non-Domestic Rating Bill is a government bill that would make changes to business rates. It would reduce the time between property revaluations, impose a duty on businesses to notify the Valuation Office Agency of changes that could affect a property’s rateable value, and introduce rates reliefs for improvements to property and heat networks. It was introduced in the House of Commons on 29 March 2023 and its second reading in the House of Lords is scheduled to take place on 19 June 2023.

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    Public Advocate Bill [HL]: HL Bill 25 of 2022–23

    This private member’s bill seeks to establish a public advocate who would advise representatives of the deceased after major incidents, and who would establish a panel similar to the Hillsborough Independent Panel if a majority of representatives of the deceased requested it.

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    Northern Ireland (Interim Arrangements) Bill: HL Bill 137 of 2022–23

    The Northern Ireland (Interim Arrangements) Bill is a government bill that was introduced in the House of Commons. The bill is being fast-tracked and completed all of its stages in the House of Commons on 10 May 2023 without amendment. It is scheduled to have its second reading on the 18 May 2023 with its remaining stages taking place on 23 May 2023.

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    Lifelong Learning (Higher Education Fee Limits) Bill: HL Bill 136 of 2022–23

    The Lifelong Learning (Higher Education Fee Limits) Bill would introduce a new credit-based method of calculating the maximum tuition fee limits for higher education courses in England. This would ensure fee limits were set consistently across modules, short courses and full courses, so that learners who studied flexibly would not be charged disproportionately. The bill supports the introduction of the government’s lifelong loan entitlement (LLE). From 2025, the LLE would give people access to a flexible loan worth £37,000 that could be used to enrol in post-18 education courses throughout their working life. The government has committed to reform post-18 education. It said the current student financing framework did not encourage individuals to study flexibly throughout their lifetime.

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    Illegal Migration Bill: HL Bill 133 of 2022–23

    The Illegal Migration Bill seeks to fulfil the commitments made by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on 4 January 2023 to “stop the boats and tackle the unfairness of illegal migration”. Provisions in the Illegal Migration Bill would introduce a duty on the home secretary to remove all adults entering the UK illegally (as defined in clause 2) after 7 March 2023. It would also introduce powers to detain those individuals prior to removal. The bill provides the secretary of state with greater powers to decide the place and duration of an individual’s detention. In addition to the duty to remove adults, the bill contains a power to remove those under 18 years of age; this would become a duty upon the child reaching 18. It would disapply aspects of modern slavery protections and provide that asylum and human rights claims by those subject to clause 2 were inadmissible. Immigration is a reserved matter, most of the bill’s provisions would apply in all four parts of the UK.

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    Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill: HL Bill 111 of 2022–23

    The Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill is a private member’s bill that has government support. The purpose of the bill is to improve the regulation and oversight of ‘supported exempt’ housing, which is exempt from the benefit cap and housing benefit limits in welfare regulations. The bill has been introduced in response to reports of poor quality provision in the exempt housing sector.