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The difficulty in passing a Private Members Bill

Ruth Tarrant

16th November 2015

A couple of weeks ago, yet more Private Members Bills were stymied in the Commons. A PMB is a bill that is introduced to the House by an MP who is not a government minister. There are effectively two types - a Ballot Bill (in which the names of members applying for a PMB are selected using a ballot at the start of each parliamentary session, and are guaranteed a small amount of debate time) and a Ten Minute Rule Bill (which as the name suggests, involves an MP getting 10 minutes to make a speech on their proposed topic, and is regarded as a good way to raise the profile of an important issue). You can find more details on PMBs here on the Parliament website. You can also finda list of this year's Ballot Bills here, and a video from Parliament on the 2015 ballot below:

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been an enthusiastic Head of Economics and Politics for many years, having taught in a variety of schools and at university level. She is also a Senior Examiner. Ruth is passionate about boosting the quality of teaching and learning across all subjects in schools and colleges.

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