Bills originating in the Commons

28.10Whether a bill is brought in upon an order of the House or presented under Standing Order No 57(1), Standing Order No 57(2) provides that it shall be read the first time without any question being put, shall be ordered to be read a second time on such day as the Member presenting it shall appoint, and shall be ordered to be printed.

As soon as a bill has been presented, therefore, its short title, as entered upon the Order of Business and set out on the dummy of the bill, is read by the Clerk. This is taken to be a sufficient compliance with Standing Order No 57(2).

After the short title has been read, the Speaker calls upon the Member presenting the bill to name a future day1 for second reading. The second reading of a bill may be taken immediately after its first reading only if the House makes an order to that effect.2 The Speaker repeats the day so named and the bill is then entered in the Votes and Proceedings as having been read the first time and ordered to be read a second time on that day, and to be printed.

Footnotes

  1. 1. The day named must be a specific date, see HC Deb (1978–79) 959, c 450.
  2. 2. For occasions on which the second reading of a bill has been taken immediately after its first reading, see CJ (1914) 407; ibid (1995–96) 280–83. For a motion allowing the second reading of a Consolidated Fund bill to be taken immediately after the first reading, see CJ (1996–97) 110, 116, 321, 327. See also paras 30.4130.43.