Preamble and title

29.43As soon as the clauses and schedules have been disposed of, the Lord in the Chair puts the questions ‘that this be the preamble of the bill’ (if there is one) and ‘that this be the title of the bill’. Amendments to the preamble and long title may be moved before each of these questions is put.

Preambles have been omitted in committee1 and also amended,2 and it is in order to insert a preamble in a bill where none exists.3


  1. 1. Petroleum (Amendment) Bill, LJ (1928) 141.
  2. 2. Expiring Laws Continuance Bill, LJ (1930–31) 66; Judiciary (Safeguarding) Bill, ibid (1933–34) 107.
  3. 3. HL Deb (1971–72) 324, cc 207–09. See also Government of India Bill, HL Deb (1934–35) 98, cc 233–37.