Process for certification of bills after all stages prior to third reading

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27.16Because it is now the almost invariable practice of the House to take the third reading of a government bill on the same day as that on which the report stage is concluded, the process for certification prior to third reading is necessarily compressed. Before report stage begins, the Speaker identifies in advance those changes made in committee which are expected to be certified, together with any government amendments (and no others) tabled for report stage which, if passed, would be likely to be the subject of certification. The Government provides published memoranda or written ministerial statements in relation to changes made in committee and its report stage amendments. The Speaker receives advice from the Public Bill Office and the Office of Speaker's Counsel in the same way as before a decision on initial certification. The Speaker's provisional certificate is published before report stage, usually alongside the Speaker's provisional grouping and selection of amendments. At the end of report stages of bills in respect of which a provisional certificate has been issued, if no non-government amendments have been made on that day the Speaker or a Deputy signs a certificate in the form of the provisional certificate in the Chamber and the House proceeds directly to the consent motion. Otherwise, the House is suspended for a short period so that the Speaker, or a Deputy, can leave the Chair and come to a final decision on certification.1 In the event of a non-government amendment being made, or a government amendment not being made, the Speaker would consider the effects of such a decision for certification at this point.


  1. 1. HC Deb (3 March 2020) 672, c 783; formerly, the House was suspended at this point if any amendment had been made in committee or on report, HC Deb (26 October 2015) 601, c 23.