Remaining stages of Welfare Reform Bill

16 June 2011

The House of Commons held the second day of the report stage of the Welfare Reform Bill on Wednesday 15 June. The Bill was also read a third time and will now be considered by the House of Lords

Day one: Monday 13 June

MPs considered in the following order New Clauses 1 and 2, Amendments 1-13, 23, 31, 27, and 14-18.

New Clause 1, moved by the Government, related to recovery by deduction from earnings, the Clause was read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

Government Amendments 1-13 were agreed to without a division.

New Clause 2, moved by the Opposition, related childcare, the Clause was read the first time but was negatived on a division (Ayes 215; Noes 293).

Opposition Amendment 23 was negatived on a division (Ayes 217; Noes 299).

Opposition Amendment 31 was negatived without a division.

Opposition Amendment 27 was negatived on a division (Ayes 213; Noes 304)

Government Amendments 14-18 were agreed to without a division.

Watch and read the views expressed during the first day of the report stage on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Day two: Wednesday 15 June

MPs considered in the following order Amendments 53, 39, 19, 43, 44, 42, 20 and 21.

Amendment 53 was considered and withdrawn.

Opposition Amendment 39 was considered and negatived on a division (Ayes 235; Noes 300).

Government Amendment 19 was considered and agreed to without a division.

Opposition Amendment 43 was negatived without a division.

Opposition Amendment 44 was negatived on a division (Ayes 239; Noes 294).

Opposition Amendment 42 was negatived on a division (Ayes 239; Noes 295.

Government Amendment 20 and 21 were agreed without a division.

Watch and read the views expressed during the second day of the report stage and third reading on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Summary of the Bill

The Bill provides for the introduction of a 'Universal Credit' to replace a range of existing means-tested benefits and tax credits for people of working age, starting from 2013.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and the latest documentation on the Welfare Reform Bill. Also find out how a Bill becomes and Act of Parliament.

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.

Image: iStockphoto 

More news on: Parliament, government and politics, Parliament, Social security and pensions, Housing and planning, Housing benefits, Benefits administration, Benefits policy, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits, Commons news, Bill news

Share this page