Emergency bill passed through all stages in one day

30.42When a pressing emergency arises, a bill may pass through all its stages on the same day.1 The previous practices of first inviting the House to agree to a motion giving leave for such a bill to be brought in,1 or to a paving procedural motion,2 are no longer followed. Such bills are now presented under Standing Order No 57 and proceeded with under the terms of a business of the House motion, which will typically enable Members to table amendments before second reading and which may allocate time for different stages.3

A bill has been brought from the Lords, passed through all stages, and returned to the Lords on the same day.4 Bills have also been passed by both Houses,5 and received the Royal Assent,6 on the same day. Leave has been given to bring in a bill, which has then passed through all its stages in both Houses and received the Royal Assent on the same day.7

Footnotes

  1. CJ (1971–72) 171; ibid (1973–74) 156.
  2. CJ (1979–80) 806; ibid (1995–96) 280–84 (in which case proceedings were also subject to an allocation of time order).
  3. Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill, CJ (1997–98) 746; Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) (No. 2) Bill, CJ (2006–07) 257; Banking (Special Provisions) Bill, CJ (2007–08) 196; Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill, Votes and Proceedings, 20 March 2018; Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill, Votes and Proceedings, 21 March 2018. See also the Business of the House motion in respect of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill, a Private Member’s Bill, Votes and Proceedings, 3 April 2019.
  4. CJ (1849) 475, 477.
  5. CJ (1802–03) 645, 646, 647; ibid (1883) 126, 128; LJ (1883) 76; CJ (1914) 427; LJ (1914) 377; CJ (1914) 464; LJ (1914) 420.
  6. CJ (1741–45) 636–39; ibid (1796–97) 555, 557, 558; ibid (1866) 87, 88, 89; ibid (1914) 407, etc; ibid (1930–31) 423, 424, 425; ibid (1936–37) 57, 58; ibid (1938–39) 410; ibid (1965–66) 11, 12 (the latter two bills were presented in the House of Commons on the previous sitting day); LJ (1971–72) 159.
  7. CJ (1971–72) 171; LJ (1971–72) 159.