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Domestic Abuse Bill

Committee stage

Session 2019-19

Looking for a marshalled list of amendments? Please go to publications.

Written submissions from outside bodies and individuals are circulated to MPs appointed to examine the Bill during committee stage in a Public Bill Committee. The following written submissions were sent to this committee.

Written Evidence: Transform Justice (DAB01)
30 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Equi-law UK (DAB02)
30 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Amnesty International UK (DAB03)
30 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Step Up Migrant Women Coalition (DAB04)
30 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Prison Reform Trust (DAB05)
30 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: The ManKind Initiative (DAB06)
30 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Dogs Trust (DAB07)
30 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Dr Tirion Havard, Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University (DAB08)
30 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Refugee Council (DAB09)
30 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Children's Commissioner (DAB10)
31 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Changing Lives (DAB11)
31 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: SafeLives (DAB12)
31 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Nagalro (the Professional Association for Children's Guardians, Family Court Advisers and Independent Social Workers (DAB13)
31 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: The Magistrates Association (DAB15)
31 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Brian Maloney (DAB14)
31 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Andrew Todd (DAB16)
31 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk (DAB17)
31 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Parity (DAB18)
31 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Centre for Women's Justice (DAB19)
31 October 2019
Commons
Written Evidence: Refuge (DAB20)
31 October 2019
Commons

Full transcripts

30 October 2019
Commons
30 October 2019
Commons

Full transcripts

Committee Debates: compilation pdf of sitting so far
1 November 2019
Commons
1 November 2019
Commons

What is committee stage?

Line by line examination of the Bill

Committee stage is where detailed examination of the Bill takes place. It usually starts within a couple of weeks of a Bill's second reading, although this is not guaranteed.

Government Bills are usually formally timetabled after they have received a second reading.

What happens at committee stage?

Most Bills are dealt with in a Public Bill Committee.

If the Bill starts in the Commons the committee is able to take evidence from experts and interest groups from outside Parliament.

Amendments (proposals for change) for discussion are selected by the chairman of the committee and only members of the committee can vote on amendments during committee stage.

Amendments proposed by MPs to the Bill will be published daily and reprinted as a marshalled list of amendments for each day the committee discusses the Bill.

Every clause in the Bill is agreed to, changed or removed from the Bill, although this may happen (particularly under a programme order) without debate.

A minority of Bills are dealt with by a Committee of the Whole House (takes place on the floor of the House of Commons), with every MP able to take part.

Bills fast tracked through the House of Commons will receive less consideration. Consolidated Fund Bills do not have a committee stage at all.

What happens after committee stage?

If the Bill has been amended the Bill is reprinted before its next stage.

Once committee stage is finished, the Bill returns to the floor of the House of Commons for its report stage, where the amended Bill can be debated and further amendments proposed.