Legislative Guide

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So, you've submitted your bill for the approval of Parliament. What now?

First reading

The bill is posted publically in #first-readings.

Second reading

Parliament debates and votes on the general concept of the bill. After the second reading, MPs/Peers can submit amendments in their respective channels.

Report stage

The submitted amendments are debated and voted on.

Third reading

Parliament votes on the full, final text of the bill as amended. If it passes, the bill is sent to the other house to repeat the process.

What if the Commons rejects the bill?

It's thrown out.

What if the Lords rejects or amends the bill?

It's sent back to the commons, in a process officially called "consideration of amendments", but commonly known as "ping pong".

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