Turning Policy Into Law

A step-by-step guide for instructors

image/svg+xml FINAL STAGES COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE PRE-INTRODUCTION THIRD READING SECOND READING FIRST READING IDEAS

Ideas

Ideas for law changes come from many places. Ministers may wish to make changes to current settings to meet Government policy. A crisis may highlight a previously unknown gap or problem with laws. Innovation or change in markets or technology may mean existing laws no longer work as well as they did. The department may generate proposals from its ongoing stewardship assessments of the law and systems it monitors.

First reading

This debate consists of up to 12 x 10-minute speeches.

In this debate, the Minister sets out the reason for the Bill and what it is intended to achieve. At the beginning of the speech, the Minister must nominate the select committee to consider the Bill and indicate any special conditions (for example, an early reporting date or the ability to meet outside normal hours). If a reporting date shorter than 4 months is set, it is a debateable motion.

Second reading

This debate consists of up to 12 x 10-minute speeches, and cannot be held until 3 working days after the committee has reported back.

In this debate, the House decides whether to agree to the principle (policy) of the Bill as a whole, and to the amendments that the select committee has recommended.

Third reading

This debate consists of up to 12 x 10-minute speeches. It can be scheduled for the sitting day after its Committee stage.

This is the final debate, which largely sums up the process to date and, in particular, how it emerged from the Committee stage.

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