The temporary Commons-only Practice Direction issued on 23 March 2021 (which allowed Members to object remotely to Private Business motions) has now been rescinded. Full details are available here.
A temporary Practice Direction has been issued by the House of Commons Private Bill Office to facilitate objections to Private Business motions (once the Bill reaches the Commons) by Members participating virtually. The Practice Direction is available here.
The Bill was deposited on 27 November 2019. The Examination took place on 18 December and the Bill was found to be compliant with Private Business Standing Orders.
The authorities from both Houses decided that the Bill should originate in the House of Lords.
The Bill was introduced on 22 January.
Three petitions were submitted before the deadline of 6 February.
Second reading, with no debate, took place on 12 February.
The Bill needed a "Wharncliffe" Examination to comply with certain standing orders concerning the consents of owners, members and directors of companies. The Examination was on 9 March and the bill was found compliant.
The bill proceeds to an Opposed Bill Committee (Select Committee) to consider the petitions.
15/12/20: The Committee was appointed: L. Aberdare; B. Garden of Frognal; B. Hallett (Chair); L. Trefgarne; B. Whitaker.
The Opposed Bill Committee will convene as a "virtual" committee on Tuesday 2 March 2021 and the following two days.
8/2/21: The petition against the Bill of Anthony and Gloria Peto was withdrawn.
4/3/21: The Opposed Bill Committee concluded its proceedings, the first of its kind to be conducted as "virtual".
8/3/21: The bill was reported from the Select Committee with amendments.
22/4/21: Formal third reading; bill passed and sent to the Commons triggering 10-day petition period carried over into start of new session, ending 11/5/21.
26/4/21: Motion to suspend and carry over bill agreed to in the Commons.
28/4/21: Motion to suspend and carry over bill agreed to in the Lords.
13/5/21: In the following session 2021/22, bill formally passed in the Lords and sent to the Commons.
19/5/21: Second House Examination.