Third reading

46.36Amendments may be moved to the bill on third reading provided that notice has been submitted to the Senior Deputy Speaker, and copies deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments, one clear day before the third reading (Standing Order 148).1 The Senior Deputy Speaker is not normally prepared to move amendments on third reading unless they are satisfied that the consent of all parties has been given. Copies of all amendments to be moved are deposited in the Printed Paper Office.

Private bills are occasionally debated on third reading and may, less frequently, be opposed.2 As is the case at second reading, the Senior Deputy Speaker may judge it necessary to ask the promoters to arrange for another Lords Member to move the motion (see para 46.11 ).


  1. 1. See eg British Waterways Bill [Lords], LJ (1991–92) 201, 328, and more recently the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] LJ (2006–07) 447.
  2. 2. For a bill rejected on third reading see Swanage Yacht Haven Bill [Lords] 1987, LJ (1987–88) 234. For a bill opposed on third reading see Kent County Council Bill [Lords], LJ (1999–2000) 107. The British Railways Bill 1992 was the subject of an amendment to the motion for third reading regretting that the Bill had been amended at the request of the promoters so that they would not have to honour undertakings given to the Commons select committee on the bill, LJ (1992–93) 521. For earlier examples see Erskine May (22nd edn, 1997), p 940.