Form of a bill

26.5A public bill is in the form of a draft statute,1 and when first printed should therefore be consistent with existing law or contain such amendments or repeals as are necessary to render it capable of implementation. It may be printed in more than one volume. A public bill contains some, but not necessarily all, of the elements described in paras 26.626.13.


  1. 1. The format of bills and Acts was changed in Session 2000–01, HC Deb (2000–01) 359, cc 183–84W.