Method of presentation of bills upon order

28.5When a motion for leave to bring in a bill has been agreed to, or when a bill has been ordered to be brought in upon a resolution or resolutions, it is presented forthwith.1 The bill must be presented by one of the Members who has been ordered to prepare and bring it in.2 The Speaker asks, ‘Who will prepare and bring in the bill?’ Thereupon the Member in charge reads the names of the Members, concluding with their own name (see also para 28.18 ), and, having in their hand a dummy bill which they have previously obtained from the Public Bill Office, goes from their place to the Bar.3 The dummy bill sets out on a buff-coloured pro forma the short and long titles of the bill, together with the name of the Member or Members supporting the bill, who should not exceed twelve in all.4 On their name being called by the Speaker, the Member in charge proceeds to the Table, with the customary three bows, and hands the dummy bill to the Clerk of the House, who reads the short title aloud. This constitutes the first reading of the bill (see paras 28.928.10 ). The Speaker then calls upon the Member to name a day for second reading.


  1. 1. Occasionally a bill has been presented at a subsequent sitting, see CJ (1968–69) 357, 360 and HC Deb (1974) 883, c 1830.
  2. 2. CJ (1770–72) 255.
  3. 3. In pursuance of the order of 10 December 1692, CJ (1688–93) 740.
  4. 4. On this limit, see para 28.18.