Bills brought from the Lords

28.11If it is the intention of the Government to take charge of a bill brought from the Lords, the Government will supply a note to the Table Office indicating that intention. If a private Member takes up a bill brought from the Lords, they inform the Clerk at the Table who writes the Member’s name on the back page of the House copy of the bill.

In accordance with Standing Order No 57A(1), if a Member informs the Clerks at the Table of their intention to take charge of a bill brought from the Lords, the bill is deemed to have been read the first time on that day and to have been ordered to be read a second time on the day they appoint, and is recorded in the Votes and Proceedings as having been read the first time and ordered to be read a second time on the day so appointed, and is ordered to be printed. The back page of the bill in its printed form carries the date on which it was brought from the Lords, but not the name of the Member in charge of the bill.

In accordance with Standing Order No 57A(2), if a bill is received from the Lords when the House is not sitting, provided a Member has notified the Clerks at the Table in writing of their intention to take charge of it, the Clerk of the House arranges for it to be printed and distributed. The bill is recorded in the Votes and Proceedings as having been read the first time on the next sitting day and ordered to be read a second time on the day appointed by the Member in charge. The bill is also recorded as having been ordered to be printed pursuant to the Standing Order.

In order to protect the priority accorded to ballot bills on the Fridays set down for the second reading of Private Members' Bills, Standing Order No 14(7) prevents the taking up of a Lords bill by a private Member until after the day of presentation of the ballot bills.