The Fixed Term Parliaments Bill has its third reading – a final chance to amend the Bill – in the House of Lords this afternoon. If the Bill is agreed to in the Lords, it will then return to the Commons for consideration of the Lords amendments.
The Bill, which started its passage through Parliament in the House of Commons, sets a fixed day for general elections for the UK Parliament to be held as the first Thursday in May every five years, and sets the length of UK Parliaments as a five-year fixed term.
The Bill has been the subject of House of Lords select committee reports. The Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee published a report on 10 February 2011. The Constitution Committee published its report on 16 December 2010.
Third reading in the Chamber is the final chance for the Lords to debate and change the contents of the Bill.