Fixed-term Parliaments Bill, remaining stages

19 January 2011

The Fixed-term Parliaments Bill completed its report stage and third reading in the House of Commons on Tuesday 18 January.

The Bill was not amended at the report stage and passed with a vote at the third reading. The Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

Report stage

The report stage gives MPs an opportunity, on the floor of the House, to consider further amendments (proposals for change) to a Bill which has been examined in committee.

There is no set time period between the end of committee stage and the start of the report stage.

What happens at report stage?

All MPs may speak and vote - for lengthy or complex Bills the debates may be spread over several days. All MPs can suggest amendments to the Bill or new clauses (parts) they think should be added.

What happens after report stage?

Report stage is usually followed immediately by debate on the Bill's third reading.

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