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Direction issued on 23 March 2021 (which allowed Members to object remotely to Private Business motions) has now been rescinded.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 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 Commons. The Bill had its First Reading on 22 January 2020 and its Second Reading on 28 January 2020. It was committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee which considered the Bill on Tuesday 17 November 2020. The Bill was amended in Committee.
A motion to suspend and carry over the Bill to the next session was agreed in both Houses on 26 April and 28 April 2021 respectively.
The Bill had its Report stage on 9 June 2021 and Third Reading on 16 June 2021 and passed to the Lords for First Reading on the same day.
At the Second House Examination on 1 July 2021, the Examiners certified that no further standing order is applicable following the Bill's passage through the Commons. The Bill passes to Second Reading.