Public Bills

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  • Public Bills
    • Government ministers produce a majority of bills
    • Change the law as it applies to the general population
    • Most common type of bill
    • Voice an opinion by:
      • Writing to an MP
      • Writing to a specific department
      • Lobbying Parliament
      • Submitting evidence to a committee
    • A quarter of government bills are routine
      • Introduced to:
        • Honour manifesto promises
        • a response to a specific incident or concern
        • Comply with international treaties
        • Follow guidance by law reform body
    • Private members bills are introduced by individual backbench MPs
      • Few ever become law because of a shortage of debate time

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