Suggestion of amendments by the Commons

30.53Provision is also made by which the House of Commons may, on the passage of such a bill through that House in the second session, suggest further amendments without inserting them in the bill.1 Such amendments must be suggested before the third reading of the bill,2 each suggested amendment being moved as a separate resolution. Suggested amendments can be moved only if they are included among the effective orders of the day.3 The Speaker has ruled that suggested amendments cannot be moved without notice.4 An order has been made for the consideration of any government motion for a suggested amendment.5 A motion for a suggested amendment has been amended.6 If agreed to, suggested amendments are sent to the House of Lords with the bill after it has passed the House of Commons.7 Any such suggested amendments are to be considered by the House of Lords, and, if agreed to by that House, are to be treated as amendments made by the House of Lords and agreed to by the House of Commons.8 It is also provided that the exercise of this power by the House of Commons shall not prejudice the position of the bill in the event of its rejection by the House of Lords.


  1. 1. CJ (1913) 243; HC Deb (1913) 55, c 469; CJ (1975–76) 102; ibid (1976–77) 33; ibid (2003–04) 521.
  2. 2. In the case of the Hunting Bill 2004 the House made an order for the consideration of suggested amendments after the second reading (and deemed report) of the bill and before third reading, all of which took place at the same sitting, CJ (2003–04) 519–20.
  3. 3. HC Deb (1999–2000) 345, c 127.
  4. 4. HC Deb (1948) 456, c 713.
  5. 5. CJ (2003–04) 519.
  6. 6. CJ (2003–04) 521.
  7. 7. HC Deb (1914) 61, c 1348; ibid (1914) 62, c 931; CJ (1975–76) 114; ibid (2003–04) 521–2.
  8. 8. In 1976 the Lords considered the Commons suggested amendments to the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Amendment) Bill, but moved them as amendments to the bill in identical form and agreed to them in this manner. They also made one further amendment to the bill before returning it to the Commons on 9 March. The Commons disagreed to the additional amendment, but accepted the remaining amendments. The Lords did not insist on the additional amendment to which the Commons had disagreed, and the bill subsequently received the Royal Assent in the normal way, CJ (1975–76) 222, 226. In 2004 the Lords considered the Commons suggested amendment to the Hunting Bill on a formal motion on the same day as second reading, 12 October (LJ (2003–04) 733), but the motion to agree to the Commons suggested amendment was not moved until the Lords consideration of Commons amendments on 17 November. That motion was disagreed to, LJ (2003–04) 892.