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This factsheet described the procedure around the Outlawries Bill. At the beginning of every new session of Parliament, the House of Commons is summoned to the Lords to hear the Speech from the Throne outlining government policy for the new session. When the Commons return to their own Chamber, they do not turn immediately to consideration of the Speech. Instead the Outlawries Bill is read a first time - a Bill which no Member presents, which has never been printed, and which is not intended to make any further progress.
Glossary: Outlawries Bill