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How long of parliaments time is spent making and amending legislation

AboUt a 1/3


About how many pages of legislation is passed each year



What is a public bill

One that concerns the general public interest


What is a private bill

One that concerns a specific individual or group interest


Who introduces a private member bill

An individual MP


Name 2 examples of Private members bills

-Sidney silvermans abolition of capital punishment (1965)
-David Steels Abortion Act (1967)


Briefly state the process of the passage of a bill

The first reading
The second reading
Committee stage
Report stage
Third reading
HoC= later stages
Royal assent
Review of the act


Explain the first reading

Purely formal
No debate
Title is read


Explain the second reading

Debate on the main principles of the bill
Held in the chamber
No amendments can be made
House votes at end on the bill


Explain the committee stage

A committee is specially convened of MPs, scritinised and here will be reccomended for amendments


Explain report stage

Takes place in the chamber and only amendments are discussed (aka consideration)


Explain third reading

In commons- another general discussion is held of the bill

Takes place immediately after report

No new amendments are longer possible


What happens in the later stages of passing a bill

Both houses must agree on the text of the bill

If it’s amended once it’s in the lords it must go back to the commons to be reconsidered

The commons can reject the amendments and suggest alternatives

Aka parliamentary ping pong


Explain royal assent

It must be given the approval by the head of state

After this it will come into effect 2 months later
Giving people the time needed to adapt


Explain the review of the act

Occurs 3-5 years later to review how it has worked in practise, an assessment is completed and submitted to a committee which decided whether further review is necessary