Examination of a bill before printing
28.12Bills are produced in printed form as soon as possible after they have been presented, assuming that a text has been examined by the Public Bill Office. In the case of government bills, this examination is almost invariably conducted on the basis of drafts submitted by the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel in advance of presentation. Publication accordingly takes place on the day of presentation or on the immediately following day. In the case of Private Members' Bills, the Member in charge may submit a draft for examination before or after presentation. The primary objective of the Public Bill Office when examining a draft bill is to see whether it has been prepared in conformity with the rules of the House. The following are the chief questions which have to be considered, and which Members should consider in drafting bills.