Long-term readers of this email will know I'm easily excited. So, you won't be surprised to hear that I think the next week of legislation is rather brilliant. Why? Because it's all a little bit science fiction. We haven't quite got the 'All Food To Be Eaten In Pill Form Bill', nor the 'Teleportation Bill', but, we do have Space, Self Driving Cars and, er, Smart Meters. I know, right?
Once again, though, the big news in the week is what isn't being discussed. No EU Withdrawl Bill. It now looks like that will be in late November. Which gives us all something to look forward to.
Finally, a word on Opposition Days. We've got another one on Wednesday. This time, there will be two separate debates, on social care and on supported housing. Now, the current government approach towards these days is to simply not engage with them. Yes, a minister will be there to discuss the topic. They have to do that. But. They don't vote.
Last time - before Party Conference - their lack of a vote meant a vote didn't happen. When the Speaker asks if the motion should be passed, there were big cheers for 'Aye' and silence for 'Noe'. So there was no need for a vote.The motion passed without one. But this week, Labour forced a vote. They did this by having Labour MPs shout 'Noe'. Now, you're not allowed to shout 'Noe' and then vote 'Aye', but you aren't forced to vote 'Noe'. The Labour MPs, therefore, who had shouted 'Noe', just stayed in their seats. The vote passed 299 to zero. We'll see what the government does on Wednesday.
Sunday - Sunday morning politics shows! Woop! No word as yet on guests for Marr, Peston or Paterson, but expect ministers defending the Universal Credit rollout and lots of bickering about Brexit.
Monday - MPs start the week with a Bill that makes the infrastructure work for electric cars and some bits for driverless cars. Meanwhile, the Lords are enjoying the Space Industry Bill - they're onto their third day of line by line scrutiny.
Tuesday- Smart Meters - y'know the ones. They tell you exactly how much power you're using at any one time. And you can sit and watch as it clocks up. Those ones. Well, MPs are debating a Bill on Tuesday to give themselves more time to monitor the rollout. Thrilling stuff.
Wednesday - PMQs. Last two weeks have been pretty fun. Expect more today.
After that, MPs will debate two topics chosen by the Labour Party - Social Care and Supported Housing. Will be interested to see how the Conservatives play this.
Thursday - Two debates from the Backbench Business Committee today.
Up first is looking at the success or otherwise of the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Following that, MPs will debate global rights for the LGBT community.
Our pick of the laws being debated in Parliament next week...
Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill
This Bill aims to make the infrastructure for electric vehicles more accessible and widespread in the UK by increasing the number of charge points, making sure there are electric charge points at every motorway service station and making sure there is up to date information about the location of charge points. The Bill will also make it compulsory motor to have vehicle insurance for automated vehicles (driverless cars), to make sure that compensation claims can be paid quickly and fairly.
This Bill is the Government’s attempt to stimulate the commercial space industry in the UK. It sets out the legal framework for the safety, licensing and liabilities of space activities including satellite launches and sub-orbital commercial space flights. This could mean that British businesses are less reliant on launching from other countries and increase UK revenues from an increasing global space industry.
The Government has a target of delivering smart energy meters to all UK homes by 2020. This Bill extends the time period that the Government has to oversee and amend this process to 2023. The Government has said that this does not mean the 2020 deadline has changed, just the Government’s ability to manage the process.