Remaining stages of Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

18 October 2012

The House of Commons held the final day of the report stage and third reading of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill on Wednesday 17 October. The Bill will now be sent to the House of Lords for consideration.

Summary of the Bill

A Bill to make provision about the UK Green Investment Bank; to make provision about employment law; to establish and make provision about the Competition and Markets Authority and to abolish the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading; to amend the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise Act 2002; to make provision for the reduction of legislative burdens; to make provision about copyright and rights in performances; to make provision about payments to company directors; and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 23 May 2012 and received second reading on 11 June 2012. The Bill was considered in a Public Bill Committee between 19 June and 17 July 2012.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. Also find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produce briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The Library published briefing papers for second reading and a report on the committee stage.

Report stage proceedings

16 October 2012: Day one

MPs considered in the following order; New Clauses 14 and 16, New Schedules 2 and 3, New Clauses 12, 13 and 17, New Clauses 15 and 9, New Clause 10, New Schedule 1, Amendments 48-50 and New Clause 11.

New Clause 14 was agreed to on a division and added to the Bill (Ayes 295; Noes 215).

New Clause 16, New Schedules 2 and 3 were agreed to and added to the Bill

New Clause 12 was agreed to on a division and added to the Bill (Ayes 314; Noes 239).

New Clauses 15, 9, 10 and New Schedule 1 were agreed to and added to the Bill.

Amendments 48-50 were agreed to and added to the Bill.

New Clause 11 was agreed to and added to the Bill.

Watch and read the proceedings on report stage and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

17 October 2012: Day two

MPs considered in the following order; New Clause 8, Amendments 6 and 7, 8-10, 82, 11-17, New Clause 22, Amendments 1-3, 76, 4-5, 93, 25-30, 23, 24, 31-47, 69, 21, 22, 56 and 18-20.

New Clause 8 was agreed and added to the Bill.

Amendment 81 was defeated on a division (Ayes 224; Noes 279).

Amendments 8-10 were added to the Bill.

Amendment 82 was defeated on a division (Ayes 223; Noes 290).

Amendments 11-17 were added to the Bill.

New Clause 22 was defeated on a division (Ayes 220; Noes 292).

Amendments 1-3 were added to the Bill.

Amendment 76 was defeated on a division (Ayes 222; Noes 285).

Amendments 4 and 5 were added to the Bill.

Amendment 93 was defeated on a division (Ayes 219; Noes 277).

Amendments 25-30, 23, 24 and 31-47 were added to the Bill.

Amendment 69 was withdrawn.

Amendments 21 and 22 were added to the Bill.

Amendment 56 was defeated on a division (Ayes 230; Noes 299).

Amendments 18-20 were added to the Bill.

The Bill received its thrid reading after a division (Ayes 290; Noes 228). The Bill will now be sent to the House of Lords for consideration.

Watch and read the proceedings on report stage and third reading on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. 

Report stage and third reading

The report stage gives MPs an opportunity, on the floor of the House, to consider further amendments (proposals for change) to a Bill which has been examined in committee.

There is no set time period between the end of committee stage and the start of the report stage.

What happens at report stage?

All MPs may speak and vote, for lengthy or complex Bills the debates may be spread over several days. All MPs can suggest amendments to the Bill or new clauses (parts) they think should be added.

What happens after report stage?

Report stage is usually followed immediately by debate on the Bill's third reading.

What happens at third reading?

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.

What happens after third reading?

If the Bill started in the Commons it goes to the House of Lords for its first reading. If the Bill started in the Lords it will return to the House of Lords for consideration of any amendments the Commons have made.

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