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Practice with regard to bills rejected

30.28When a bill has been rejected, or lost through disagreement, it should not, according to the practice of Parliament, be reintroduced in the same session1 (see also paras 8.6, 20.12, 28.17 ). This follows from the general rule that the same question should not be offered twice.

In the case of bills which have passed one House and been rejected by the other the rule is not applied so rigidly as to prevent a portion at any rate of a rejected bill being introduced again as a new bill.

If a bill is rejected in the second House, it cannot be brought from the first House a second time in the same session. However, when an element of a bill has been omitted by the Lords, and the Commons have agreed to such amendment, the element so omitted has been renewed in the same session in the form of a separate bill,2 and a bill deferred for six months by the Lords (a now obsolete procedure tantamount to rejection) has nevertheless been incorporated by way of amendment into another bill sent from the Commons.3


  1. 1. LJ (1578–1614) 435; CJ (1547–1628) 434. See also Erskine May (22nd edn, 1997), p 561.
  2. 2. CJ (1884–85) 317; Parl Deb (1884–85) 298, c 1590; CJ (1908) 384, 514.
  3. 3. CJ (1899) 386; ibid (1908) 500. For the obsolete ‘six months' amendment on second or third reading, see Erskine May (23rd edn, 2004), p 583, fn 7.