Two Government Bills and seven Private Members’ Bills – known as Public Bills, which are draft laws – were introduced in the House of Lords on 27 May.
First reading of each Bill took place in the chamber of the House of Lords, completing a formality that marks the start of the Bills’ journey through Parliament.
The Academies Bill will undergo the second reading stage – a debate on general principles – on 7 June. The Local Government Bill will undergo the second reading stage on 8 June.
Private Members’ Bills
Dates for the second reading of the seven Private Members’ Bills are yet to be scheduled.
Government Bills and Private Members’ Bills are the two types of Public Bills – the most common type of Bill introduced in Parliament. Public Bills change the law as it applies to the general population, rather than a specific group or location.
Ministers introduce Government Bills, which implement Government policy. Private Members’ Bills are introduced by individual Members who seek to change the law. These Bills must go through the same stages as a Government Bill.
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