MP wins high place on Private Member’s Bill ballot

ANGUS MP Mike Weir has come 10th in the ballot of MPs to introduce a Private Members Bill in the current session of Parliament.

The high placing in the list means any bill which he introduces has a good chance of being debated in the House of Commons.

Mr Weir said that he had not yet definitely decided on which bill he would introduce.

He went on: “I have a few ideas of possible bills in the areas of employment rights and energy, both of which are interests of mine but I will be consulting with colleagues to decide what to bring forward.

“Coming so high in the list does, at least, give a good chance that the bill will be debated in the House of Commons although that very much depends on the nature and controversy of bill ahead of it in the queue. Bills will only make progress if support can be achieved across the house.”

Mr Weir concluded: “Interestingly the only other time I have achieved a high position in the ballot I put forward a Private Member’s Bill to introduced a Renewable Heat Obligation. Although my bill was talked out, the government has now, finally, introduced a Renewable Heat Initiative so that gives me hope that whatever I decide to proceed upon may eventually make progress, even if not immediately through my bill.”