Big Issue founder Lord John Bird’s Future Generations Bill will restart is journey through the House of Lords on January 8 after it was drawn fourth in the private member’s bill ballot today.
The crossbench peer’s bid to ensure that decisions made in the present consider the needs of the future was originally introduced to the House of Lords by Green peer Baroness Jenny Jones on October 21.
But the general election meant the end of the parliamentary session and that the Future Generations Bill would have to go back to square one.
But, in the last action in the House of Lords before the Christmas break, Lord Bird’s bill was one of the top 20 bills in the private member’s bill ballot which means it will be given a priority spot to be debated in the Lords.
The draft legislation will now be given its first reading in the Lords on January 8.
Lord Bird said of the bill: “I hope it will pass through Parliament and help us make the world of tomorrow not simply an accumulation of the half-arsed hopes and the short-term governmental thinking of days gone by.”