Making an Act of Parliament

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  • 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


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