The House of Lords considers the Commons amendment to the Fixed-Term Parliaments Bill this evening (Wednesday 14 September).
The Commons again disagreed with the group of amendments requiring each new Parliament to vote to fix its term at five years during its consideration of Lords amendments yesterday. The House of Lords returned the Bill to the Commons with the group of amendments re-instated in July.
The Commons has proposed an amendment in lieu that would provide for a review of the Act. Such a review would include consideration of whether the Act should be repealed
The House of Lords may again insist on its ‘sunset’ clause requiring subsequent Parliaments to approve the fixing of their term at five years.
Both Houses must reach agreement on the Bill for it to receive Royal Assent and pass into law.
The Bill 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 exact wording of a Bill must be agreed on by both Houses. If the Lords disagrees with any Commons amendments, or makes alternative proposals, then the Bill is sent back to the Commons. A Bill may go back and forth between each House – known as ‘ping pong’ – until both Houses reach agreement.