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Equality Act 2010

Committee stage

Session 2008-09

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.

Memoranda submitted to the Committee
22 June 2009
Commons

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Committee stage - 1st sitting
4 June 2009
Commons
Committee stage - 2nd sitting
4 June 2009
Commons

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Committee stage - 3rd sitting
11 June 2009
Commons
Committee stage - 4th sitting
11 June 2009
Commons

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Committee stage - 5th sitting
12 June 2009
Commons
Committee stage - 6th sitting
12 June 2009
Commons

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Committee stage - 7th sitting
17 June 2009
Commons
Committee stage - 8th sitting
17 June 2009
Commons

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Committee stage - 9th sitting
19 June 2009
Commons
Committee stage - 10th sitting
19 June 2009
Commons

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Committee stage - 11th sitting
24 June 2009
Commons
Committee stage - 12th sitting
24 June 2009
Commons

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Committee stage - 13th sitting
26 June 2009
Commons
Committee stage - 14th sitting
26 June 2009
Commons

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Committee stage - 15th sitting
1 July 2009
Commons
Committee stage - 16th sitting
1 July 2009
Commons

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Committee stage - 17th sitting
3 July 2009
Commons
Committee stage - 18th sitting
3 July 2009
Commons

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Committee stage - 19th sitting
8 July 2009
Commons
Committee stage - 20th sitting
8 July 2009
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.