Third reading of Estates of Deceased Persons Bill

07 March 2011

Greg Knight, Conservative MP for East Yorkshire introduced the third reading of the Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Private Members Bill in the House of Commons on Friday 4 March

There was no report stage as the bill was not amended at Public Bill Committee and there were no amendments to be considered at report stage. The Bill passed and will now be considered by the House of Lords.

Summary of the Bill

The Bill gives general effect, with modifications, to the recommendations of the Law Commission in its 2005 report, 'The Forfeiture Rule and the Law of Succession' (PDF 385KB) and would, in certain circumstances, protect the inheritance rights of the descendants of people who have:

  • forfeited their inheritance by killing the deceased; or
  • decided not to accept their own inheritance.

Third reading

Third reading is the final chance for the Commons to debate the contents of a Bill.

Debate on the Bill is usually short, and limited to what is actually in the Bill, rather than, as at second reading, what might have been included.

Amendments (proposals for change) cannot be made to a Bill at third reading in the Commons. At the end of the debate, the House decides (votes on) whether to approve the third reading of the Bill.

If the Bill started in the Commons it goes to the House of Lords for its first reading.

Private Members' Bills

Private Members' Bills are Public Bills introduced by MPs and Members of the Lords who aren't government ministers. As with other Public Bills their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population.

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