The Legislative Process

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  • A small committee of between 16-50 MP's meet to discuss the Bill in detail. Changes / amendments may be made. (9, 5)
  • A statement of Government intent inviting discussion, comment and criticism from parties. (5, 5)
  • All Acts are published through Her Majesty's Stationary Office. (11)
  • Contains Government proposals. (5, 5)
  • The formal presentation of a Bill to Parliament (usually the House of Commons) (5, 7)
  • The Queen or someone on her behalf must sign the Bill - it then becomes an Act of Parliament. (5, 6)
  • The whole process is repeated in the House of Lords where they can block the Bill for up to a year. The Parliament Acts 1911 & 1949 rule that the Commons has the final say. (5, 2, 5)
  • Usually 2 weeks after the first reading. There is a debate and a vote (Division) (6, 7)
  • Written by specialist barristers. Uses specialist language to be used by the courts. (8)

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