Overview of chapters relating to public bills

26.1In this chapter and the following chapters, the current procedures for passing public bills through both Houses of Parliament are described. In both Houses, the principal stages of bills are: first reading, second reading, committee, consideration on report from committee, and third reading. After the preliminary view in this chapter, the next chapter examines specific adjustments to Commons legislative procedure introduced in 2015 in respect of certain bills (and statutory instruments) with limited territorial application. The passage of a bill through the Commons is then described in Chapter 28, and passage through the Lords described in Chapter 29. The final stages are treated in detail in Chapter 30, which deals with proceedings affecting both Houses.