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Welfare Reform Act 2012

Committee stage

Session 2010-12

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

Committee: 1st sitting
4 October 2011

Committee: 2nd sitting
6 October 2011

Committee: 3rd sitting
10 October 2011

Committee: 4th sitting
13 October 2011

Committee: 5th sitting
18 October 2011

Committee: 6th sitting
20 October 2011

Committee: 7th sitting
24 October 2011

Committee: 8th sitting
26 October 2011

Committee: 9th sitting
1 November 2011

Committee: 10th sitting
3 November 2011

Committee: 11th sitting
8 November 2011

Committee: 12th sitting
10 November 2011

Committee: 13th sitting
14 November 2011

Committee: 14th sitting
16 November 2011

Committee: 15th sitting
21 November 2011

Committee: 16th sitting
23 November 2011

Committee: 17th sitting
28 November 2011

What is committee stage?

Committee stage involves detailed line by line examination of the separate parts (clauses and schedules) of a Bill. Starting from the front of the Bill, members work through to the end. Any member of the Lords can take part.

Usually starting about two weeks after the second reading debate, committee stage generally lasts for up to eight days, but can go on for longer.

Before committee stage takes place

Before committee stage begins, amendments (changes) are gathered together and placed in order, then published in the 'marshalled list'. Updated lists are produced before the start of each day of committee stage.

What happens at committee stage?

During committee stage every clause of the Bill has to be agreed to and votes on any amendments can take place. All suggested amendments have to be considered, if a member wishes, and members can discuss an issue for as long as they want. The government cannot restrict the subjects under discussion or impose a time limit. This is a key point of difference with procedure in the House of Commons.

What happens after committee stage?

If the Bill has been amended it is reprinted with all the agreed amendments. At the end of committee stage, the Bill moves to report stage for further scrutiny.