Bill read pro forma

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8.35It is the practice, in both Houses, to read some bill a first time formally, in order to assert their right of deliberating without reference to the immediate cause of summons. In the Lords this practice is governed by Standing Order No 76. In the Commons the same form is observed pursuant to ancient custom. The Select Vestries Bill is read in the Lords and the Outlawries Bill in the Commons. Debate is out of order. In the Commons, the bill is recorded as having been read the first time and ordered to be read a second time, but no day is appointed for the second reading. In neither House is the bill ordered to be printed.1


  1. 1. HC Deb (2009–10) 501, c 1; ibid (1946–47) 430, c 3; ibid (1960–61) 629, cc 3–5; ibid (18 May 2016) 611, c 2; ibid (21 June 2017) 626, c 33.