Jonathan Lord, Conservative MP for Woking, introduced the third reading of the Sports Ground Safety Authority 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 will now be considered by the House of Lords.
Summary of the Bill
The Football Licensing Authority (FLA) is responsible for licensing league and international football grounds in England and Wales and for overseeing the control of safety at these grounds by local authorities.
The Bill would rename the FLA as the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and would enable it to provide advice about safety at sports grounds generally.
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.