House of Lords The Bill had a Third Reading on 27 February and received Royal Assent on 15 March. It had previously been referred to an Unopposed Bill Committee. For further information on the Committee, see the tab on the left hand side of this page. The Bill had a formal Second Reading on 25 October 2017. The petitioning period in the House of Lords has now ended and no petitions were presented against the Bill. The Bill received a formal First Reading on 10 October 2017.
House of Commons The Bill received a Third Reading on 10 October 2017 and has been sent to the House of Lords. If the Bill is read a Third time on 10 October it will be sent immediately to the House of Lords where it will receive a formal First Reading. For a short period it will be possible to object to the Bill by submitting a petition against it (see petition Information below).
Report Stage was agreed on 25 April 2017.
Revival - Both Houses agreed to revive the Bill in Session 2017-19 (see the stages tab on the left for details) and the Bill will now continue its passage through Parliament.
An Opposed Bill Committee was appointed specifically to consider the Bill. The Committee met on 15 November 2016 and on 22 February 2017. The Committee reported the Bill to the House with amendments. For further information see the tab on the left hand side of this page: "Commons Opposed Bill Committee".
A suspension motion was agreed to in the Commons on 3 May 2016 and in the Lords on 5 May 2016. These formal proceedings (known as carry-over motions) enable the Bill to continue its passage through Parliament in session 2016-17. The Bill was taken formally through the stages it completed in the last session on 25 May 2016. The Bill was examined for compliance with the appropriate Standing Orders on 18 December 2015. The Promoter was found to have complied with all of the Standing Orders except for Standing Order 39. The House of Lords Standing Orders Committee and the House of Commons Standing Orders Committee met in the week of 18 January 2016 to decide whether the Bill should be allowed to be introduced. Leave to introduce was granted subject to a condition from the Commons Standing Orders Committee that petitioning extend to 15 February 2016.
The Bill was presented on 21 January 2016 and had its first reading on 22 January 2016. Second Reading took place unopposed on 2 February 2016.