More than one stage of a bill taken on the same day
30.43Programme motions for relatively uncontentious government bills have provided for all stages subsequent to second reading to be taken on the same, future day.1 In the absence of a programme motion relating to a particular bill on the Order Paper, a Member may, without notice, move after second reading of that bill that it be committed to a Committee of the whole House. In practice, the opportunity rarely arises in relation to government bills as the question on any programme motion must be put immediately after the bill has been read a second time. A motion to commit a bill to Committee of the whole House may be moved after a Private Member's Bill has been given a second reading, although this practice is deprecated by the Chair, because it effectively disables Members from proposing amendments.2
Bills committed immediately after second reading, and reported without amendment, have been read the third time,3 or, if amended in committee, have been considered forthwith and read the third time.4 A bill has been considered in committee immediately after the second reading, and on being reported with amendments, has been ordered for consideration on a subsequent day,5 or on being reported without amendment has been ordered to be read the third time on the same6 or a future7 day. Similarly, a bill reported with amendments from a public bill committee has been considered on the same day.8 Sometimes, where a bill has been considered in committee immediately after the second reading, progress has been reported, usually in response to objections to completing the committee stage in one sitting.9 If it is desired to take on the same day the second reading and remaining stages of a bill for which a Money resolution is necessary, a motion needs to make specific provision for that;10 while on occasions the House has agreed to a motion dispensing with the requirement for a financial resolution in respect of a bill.11 (For the general rule with regard to bills imposing a financial charge introduced upon resolution, and the exceptions to it, see paras 28.126, 33.7 fn 2, 33.23.)
- 1. Votes and Proceedings, 4 July 2017, 18 April 2018.
- 2. For example, HC Deb (1971–72) 835, c 1015; ibid (1987–88) 131, c 520; ibid (1996–97) 287, c 586; ibid (1997–98) 310, c 1150; ibid (2009–10) 505, c 572 (when manuscript amendments were considered) and c 588. Acts of Indemnity, protecting persons against the consequences of breaches of law, have also been passed through the main stages at a single sitting (eg Niall Macpherson Indemnity Bill, CJ (1953–54) 197; Validation of Elections (No 3) Bill, CJ (1955–56) 129).
- 3. For example, CJ (1908) 512; ibid (1914) 439, 446; CJ (2002–03) 255, 388.
- 4. For example, CJ (1914) 438, 446, 457, 460; CJ (2002–03) 608. See also HC Deb (1982–83) 42, cc 737, 766–68.
- 5. CJ (1914) 458; ibid (1919) 29; ibid (1920) 19.
- 6. For example, HC Deb (1984–85) 73, c 1386; CJ (2009–10) 207.
- 7. CJ (1958–59) 127; ibid (1987–88) 515.
- 8. CJ (1982–83) 364, 366.
- 9. HC Deb (1917) 90, c 752, 764; ibid (1918) 101, c 950; ibid (1918) 108, c 276; ibid (1919) 114, c 187; ibid (1919) 117, cc 1261, 2142; ibid (1970–71) 811, cc 1158–59; Decisions: 2637.
- 10. For example, CJ (1955–56) 43; ibid (1964–65) 423; ibid (1979–80) 806; ibid (2002–03) 385. See also para 35.20.
- 11. CJ (1938–39) 402, 405; ibid (1965–66) 11. The Queen's recommendation was required for such motions: see para 33.17.