- Most Bills begin in the House of Commons - although not always.
- Although most Acts have to go through these stages, the House of Commons can force a Bill through without the House of Lords approval after a year under the Parliament Act 1949.
- Royal Assent is nothing more than a formality - the last time a law was not given the Royal Assent was in 1707 under Queen Anne.
Stages of Making an Act of Parliament
1. Consultation - Government ministers discussing a proposal with civil servants. This stage is not compulsary.
2. Green Paper - Sets out the proposals in order to seek responses. This stage is not compulsary.
3. White Paper…