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Schools Bill [HL]

2nd reading

Session 2022-23

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

Lords Hansard - Part one
23 May 2022
Lords Hansard - Part two
23 May 2022

Minutes of Proceedings - Part one
23 May 2022
Minutes of Proceedings - Part two
23 May 2022

What is second reading?

Second reading is the first opportunity for members of the Lords to debate the key principles and main purpose of a Bill and to flag up any concerns or specific areas where they think amendments (changes) are needed.

Before second reading takes place

Before a second reading debate takes place, members who would like to speak add their name to a list - the 'speakers list'.

What happens at second reading?

The government minister, spokesperson or a member of the Lords responsible for the Bill opens the second reading debate.

Any member can speak during second reading - this stage can indicate those members particularly interested in a Bill, or a specific aspect of it, and those who are most likely to be involved in suggesting changes at later stages.

Second reading debates usually last for a few hours but can sometimes stretch over a couple of days.

What happens after second reading?

After second reading the Bill goes to committee stage - where detailed line by line examination and discussion of amendments takes place.