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How to enter the Private Members' Bill ballot

These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff. You can sign the ballot book on behalf of another MP, but if you do you forfeit your own chance to enter the ballot.


  1. The Private Member’s Bill ballot book will be in the No Lobby beside the Chamber on the Tuesday and Wednesday before the draw takes place. This is normally in the week after the Queen’s Speech. Go to the No Lobby in person, choose a number and put your name against it in the book. You don’t need to give any details about your bill—you don’t even need a subject or a title at this stage.
  2. The draw for the Private Members’ Bill ballot takes place on the second Thursday after the Queen’s Speech. You can attend the draw if you want, but don’t have to be there. Details of the time and room will be announced in the Order Paper (it’s usually 9 am in Committee Room 10).
  3. The Clerk of Private Members’ Bills will get in touch if your name is drawn.