In the Lords

30.44The time required for the successive stages of a bill is regulated in part by Standing Order No 46, which provides that no two stages be taken on one day, and in part by the minimum recommended intervals between stages (see paras 29.2–29.3 ).1 The Select Committee on the Constitution has commented on the procedures for fast-track legislation.2 The explanatory notes accompanying an expedited bill include an explanation of the reasons for using an expedited procedure.3


  1. 1. LJ (1976–77) 821.
  2. 2. See Fifteenth Report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution, Fast-track Legislation: Constitutional Implications and Safeguards, HL 116 (2008–09).
  3. 3. HC Deb (2009–10) 502, cc 117–18WS; Explanatory Notes to the Video Recordings Bill 2009–10 (Bill 14–EN); ibid, Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill 2010 (Bill 62–EN).