This Private Members Bill on the mandatory use of plastic receptacles had its first reading in Parliament on 4 September 2012 and is expected to have its second reading debate on 26 October.
The Bill was introduced to Parliament under the Ten Minute Rule, which allows an MP to make his or her case for a new bill in a speech lasting up to ten minutes. Private Member’s Bills are often not printed until close to the second reading debate and the text of this Bill is not yet available.
However, records of the debate on 4 September show that the Bill would require the Government to work with local authorities and licensing authorities to make the use of polycarbonate bottles as a replacement for glass bottles mandatory in premises with a history of violent incidents.
It is, of course, the case that many Private Member’s Bills do not make the statute book. Opposition to the Bill during its first reading pointed out a number of flaws with the proposal (basically indicating that banning potentially dangerous items does not deal with the root cause of the problem, pointing out the difficulties of implementation, drinks which only come in glass bottles such as champagne and that there are many other potentially dangerous items such as glass tables and cutlery). This Bill may well be unlikely to proceed.