Both Houses have risen for the Easter recess. They return on 20 April.
When we return, we have various pieces of legislation to get through. Two big Government Bills have made slow progress. The Marine and Coastal Access Bill has still not completed its committee stage – its next day in committee is on 21 April. The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill has finished its committee stage and report stage will continue on 22 April. Two Government Bills are being considered in Grand Committee: the Saving Gateway Accounts Bill and the Political Parties and Elections Bill. Another one, the Postal Services Bill, is being taken in Committee of the Whole House. The Health Bill, like the Local Democracy Bill, is awaiting completion of its report stage. The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill – on which the Government suffered three defeats on Wednesday – is awaiting third reading.
We also have three Government Bills waiting for second reading debates: the Business Rates Supplements Bill (22 April), the Coroners and Justice Bill (27 April) and the Welfare Reform Bill (29 April). There are also no less than nine Private Members’ Bills – Lord Tyler’s is the latest – waiting to be scheduled for second reading.
There will be enough to keep us busy. Reverting to my earlier post, whether all the legislation is necessary – and whether we can improve our methods of scrutiny – is another matter.