The Tracker: status of Public Bills before the UK Parliament - October 2007

United Kingdom

Welcome to the October issue of The Tracker - the guide to the progress of bills going through the UK Parliament. This is the first issue after the summer recess.

Activity in Parliament has been focussed on getting key bills through before the end of the session and the Queen's Speech on 6 November. I think we can expect the Legal Services Bill to be treated as a priority and the Lords and Commons are under pressure to reach agreement during "ping pong" before the close of the session.

Attention is also concentrating on the Serious Crime Bill which transfers powers from the Asset Recovery Agency to the Serious Organised Crime Agency. It is causing some disquiet over its proposals for serious crime prevention orders and the lack of safeguards for data sharing.

The bill to remove the existing limits on building society funding, the Building Societies (Funding) and Mutual Societies (Transfers) Bill has also moved into the ping pong stage.

The other bills that are likely to make it through to Royal Assent are the UK Borders Bill, The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, and the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill.

By the time of the November issue of the Tracker, we will have a much clearer idea of the actual Bills the government will present to Parliament.