Law Commission bills referred to a second reading committee
28.54In the case of bills the main purpose of which is to give effect to the recommendations contained in a report by either of the Law Commissions, under Standing Order No 59, reference to a second reading committee is automatic, rather than permissive.1 Such a Law Commission bill stands referred to a second reading committee when it is set down for second reading and is accordingly debated in the committee, rather than the House, unless the House otherwise orders.2
- 1. The Fraud Bill [Lords] 2005–06, which was similar to a draft bill attached to a Law Commission report, was not proceeded with as a Law Commission bill.
- 2. A Law Commission bill relating exclusively to Scotland may alternatively be referred to the Scottish Grand Committee, under procedures described in Erskine May (23rd edn, 2004), p 588.