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How to apply for Ten-Minute Rule Bill

These steps are for you as an MP, although your staff can help with step 1.

The earliest you can apply is 10 am on the day after the fifth Wednesday of the session. At this point, the first few slots are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. After that successive slots can be booked 15 sitting days ahead. In practice, slots are usually taken on the first day they become available.

Steps

  1. Decide on a short title (a name) and a long title (a description of what it does) for your bill. Look at the rules on Private Members’ Bills for help or ask the Public Bill Office (email PBOHOC@parliament.uk or phone 3254).
  2. Talk to your whips about the informal allocation arrangements that apply to Ten-Minute Rule Bill slots. Ten-Minute Rule Bills can be presented on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and only one bill can be presented on each day. You can’t present a bill on the day of the Budget (there’s a Monday slot the following week instead, though).
  3. Once you’ve had a discussion with your whips, visit the Public Bill Office in person to apply for the Ten-Minute Rule Bill slot. Alternatively, another MP can visit the Public Bill Office to apply on your behalf.
  4. Let the Public Bill Office have a list of any other MPs who support the bill (you can have up to 11, but don’t have to have any).
  5. The Public Bill Office will give you a dummy bill, which has the short and long titles of your bill on it and explain how to present your Ten-Minute Rule Bill in the Chamber.

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