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Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act 2021

Committee stage

Session 2019-21

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: David Lloyd Roberts, MBE, LLM and Charlotte Harford, PhD (OOB01)
7 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: JUSTICE (OOB02)
9 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: John Cubbon (OOB03)
9 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: International Committee of the Red Cross (OOB04)
9 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Reverend Nicholas Mercer, Rector of Bolton Abbey, The Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert, Bolton Abbey, and former Military Lawyer and the Command Legal Adviser for the Iraq War 2003 (OOB05)
15 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Assistant Professor Samuel Beswick, Peter A. Allard School of Law, The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada (OOB06)
15 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) (OOB07)
15 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Reprieve (OOB08)
15 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Dr Jonathan Morgan, Reader in English Law, University of Cambridge (supplementary) (OOB09)
21 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: The Royal British Legion (supplementary) (OOB10)
21 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones (OOB11)
21 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Ahmed Al-Nahhas, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) (supplementary) (OOB12)
21 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Professor James A. Sweeney LL.B, PhD (OOB13)
21 October 2020
Commons
Written Evidence: Law Society of Scotland (OOB14)
23 October 2020
Commons

Full transcripts

7 October 2020
Commons
7 October 2020
Commons

Full transcripts

9 October 2020
Commons
9 October 2020
Commons

Full transcripts

15 October 2020
Commons
15 October 2020
Commons

Full transcripts

21 October 2020
Commons
21 October 2020
Commons

Full transcripts

23 October 2020
Commons
23 October 2020
Commons
Committee Debates - compilation pdf of all sittings
23 October 2020
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.