Consideration of Lords amendments

30.5The following sections describe the further proceedings on a bill which has originated in the House of Commons and is returned with amendments1 from the House of Lords. These proceedings are commonly known as ‘ping-pong’. Certain restrictions on the Lords' right to amend bills are considered below (paras 37.15, 37.25 ).

In the case of a bill which has originated in the Lords and is returned amended by the Commons, the roles of the two Houses will, of course, be reversed: it will be the Commons that first proposes amendments to the bill, and the Lords that first gives reasons for disagreeing to any such amendments.


  1. An amendment of the second House may take the form of a new clause or schedule.