Passing of bill
29.68The motion ‘that this bill do now pass' is moved immediately after the third reading has been agreed to or, if amendments have been tabled, as soon as the last amendment has been disposed of. The motion is debatable and provides an opportunity for the House to review the bill in its final form. The motion may be opposed1 and reasoned or delaying amendments may be moved to it.2 In other circumstances there is normally no substantive debate; any remarks should be brief and should not seek to reopen debates at previous stages of the bill.3
- 1. Sexual Offences Bill, LJ (1966–67) 90; Marriage (Enabling) Bill, ibid (1980–81) 479; Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (No 2) Bill, ibid (1983–84) 451; Local Government Bill, ibid (1985–86) 216; European Communities (Amendment) Bill, ibid (1992–93) 893.
- 2. London Government Bill, LJ (1962–63) 422; Scotland Bill, ibid (1977–78) 741; Teachers Pay and Conditions Bill, HL Deb (1986–87) 484, c 888; Health and Social Care Bill, 19 March 2012; European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, 16 May 2018.
- 3. Procedure Committee, Fourth Report of Session 2014–15, Amendments to legislative procedures, HL 95.