Commons second reading of Pensions Bill

17 June 2013

MPs debated the second reading of the Pensions Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 17 June 2013. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mr Iain Duncan Smith, introduced the debate

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Liam Byrne, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

Summary of the Pensions Bill

A Bill to make provision about pensions and about benefits payable to people in connection with bereavement; and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

The Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 9 May 2013.

The motion at second reading was agreed to and the Bill will go to a Public Bill Committee for consideration. The Public Bill Committee will meet on a date to be announced.

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

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial. The Library has published a briefing paper for second reading.

What happens at second reading?

At second reading the House debates the whole principle of the bill. It usually takes place no sooner than two weekends after first reading.

The Member in charge or the Minister moves the motion ‘that the bill be now read a second time’. MPs then debate the bill.

At the end of the debate the Speaker determines whether there are any objections to the motion being debated and asks for the Ayes and Noes.

Members voice their opinion, and if no objections are made, the bill passes second reading without a vote. If the Speaker believes Members have voiced disagreement a division is called and a vote taken.

What happens after second reading?

If the motion at second reading is agreed to, the Bill will go to a Public Bill Committee for consideration.

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

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