Third reading and passing

29.62The third reading of a bill is normally confined to the formal moving of the motion ‘that this bill be now read a third time’. In exceptional circumstances a non-fatal amendment to the motion for third reading may be tabled, for instance to delay third reading so as to allow more time for amendments to be tabled or until some other condition is met.1 Notice of such an amendment is required. In all other circumstances, the motion for third reading is taken formally, without debate. General debate on or opposition to the bill normally now takes place on the subsequent motion ‘that this bill do now pass’.2

When a bill requires the Queen's or Prince of Wales's consent, this is signified before the motion for third reading is moved (see para 9.6 ).


  1. 1. LJ (2007–08) 656 (European Union (Amendment) Bill); Health and Social Care Bill (19 March 2012).
  2. 2. LJ (1994–95) 582; HL Deb (1995–96) 567, cc 461–62.