The Scotland Bill continues committee stage in the House of Lords today (Wednesday 21 March), receiving further line by line scrutiny by members.
The debate starts with Lords' suggested changes to the 'commencement' of the bill in Clause 43, looking at provisions when the bill comes into force.
Members will suggest that a new clause is inserted before Clause 10, which addresses a referendum about Scottish independence and covers 'whether Scotland should become independent from the rest of the United Kingdom is outside the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament'. Following amendments will discuss the provision of such a referendum.
If the debate reaches Amendment 94A, members will discuss ownership of the Island of Rockall with changes to a 1972 act about its administration.
Catch up on committee day four (Thursday 15 March)
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Catch up on committee day two (Thursday 2 February)
Catch up on committee stage day one
The previous stage (Second Reading) took place on 6 December 2011.
What is the committee stage?
During committee stage, detailed line-by-line examination of separate clauses and schedules of the bill takes place. Any member of the Lords can take part. It can last for one or two days to eight or more. This stage usually starts no fewer than two weeks after the second reading.
The day before committee stage starts, amendments (proposals for change) are published in order in a Marshalled List. Amendments on related subjects are grouped together and a 'groupings of amendments' is published on the day. Lords must agree to every clause of the bill and vote on the amendments. All proposed amendments can be discussed and there is no time limit for discussion.
After the committee stage, the bill is reprinted with all the agreed amendments and is moved to report stage for further examination.
Next stage: report stage
Report stage in the chamber gives all members of the Lords further opportunity to consider all amendments (proposals for change) to a bill. It usually starts at least 14 days after committee stage. It can be spread over several days (but usually fewer days than at committee stage).
Before report stage takes place
- The day before report stage starts, amendments are published in a Marshalled List – in which all the amendments are placed in order.
- On the day, amendments on related subjects are grouped together and a list (groupings of amendments) is published.
What happens at report stage?
- Detailed line by line examination of the bill continues.
- Votes can take place and any member can take part.
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