Other procedural devices

30.48On occasion a (No 2) bill, in identical form to a bill before the Commons, has been introduced in the Lords.1 Consideration of such a bill has, by general agreement, enabled the proceedings on the Commons bill to be abbreviated. When the bill is brought from the Commons it is treated pro forma up to the stage the (No 2) bill has reached, and the (No 2) bill is then withdrawn. Similar expedients, such as the presentation of the text of a Commons bill as a return to an order of the House, have also been adopted.2


  1. 1. Commonwealth Immigrants Bill 1968 (LJ (1967–68) 164); Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Bill 1972 (LJ (1971–72) 205); Community Land Bill 1975 (LJ (1974–75) 863); Banking Bill 2008 (LJ 2008–09) 7).
  2. 2. Prices and Incomes Bill 1966 (LJ (1966–67) 165); Prices and Incomes (No 2) Bill 1967 (LJ (1966–67) 615); Community Land Bill 1975 (LJ (1974–75) 955).