The Bill has now completed all of its stages in the House of Commons and will return to the House of Lords for consideration of any amendments.
Report stage of the Crime and Courts Bill: Day One
Report stage and third reading of the Crime and Courts Bill: Day Two
Summary of the Crime and Courts Bill
The Crime and Courts Bill covers a wide range of subjects.
Part 1 of the Bill would provide the statutory basis for the new National Crime Agency (NCA), which the Government hopes will be fully operational by the end of 2013.
The NCA is to tackle serious organised crime, encompassing the work of a number of existing organisations. These include the Serious Organised Crime Agency which was set up by the previous government in 2006.
Part 2 of the Bill contains a variety of provisions to do with courts and justice.
Progress of the Crime and Courts Bill
The Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 10 May 2012. It completed its Lords stages on 18 December 2012.
The Bill was presented to the House of Commons on 19 December 2012. It had its second reading debate on 14 January 2013. The Bill completed its committee stage on 12 February 2013.
Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Crime and Courts 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 the Committee Stage.
What is the report stage of a bill?
The report stage gives MPs an opportunity, on the floor of the House, to consider any further amendments (proposals for change) to a Bill which has been examined in a public bill committee or on the floor of the House. 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) that 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 a 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 returns to the House of Lords for consideration of any amendments the Commons has made.