Criminal Law - Legislation Process

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Legislation Process:

1) Green Paper - published to over parties, governement then makes improvements.

2) White Paper - published to the public for viewing.

3) House of Commons:

- First Reading - formal announcment of Bill and aims (normally no discussion of debate)

- Second Reading - debate on main principles of Bill (if majority vote against Bill it does not proceed farther)

- Committee Stage - group of 20-50 selected MPs to examine Bill in detail (go through each clause)

- Report Stage - committee return with amendments, House vote (amendment sticks


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