Commons remaining stages: Lobbying, Campaigning and Trade Union Bill

09 October 2013

MPs completed the debate on the report stage and third reading of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Bill in the House of Commons Chamber on Wednesday 9 October 2013

MPs voted by 304 to 260 to approve the third reading of the Bill, which has now completed all its stages in the Commons and moves to the House of Lords for consideration. 

Report stage day two and third reading of the Lobbying, Campaigning and Trade Union Bill

Day two of the report stage and the third reading of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Bill took place on Wednesday 9 October 2013. 

Report stage day one of the Lobbying, Campaigning and Trade Union Bill

Day one of the report stage on the Bill took place on Tuesday 8 October 2013.

Summary of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill

The Bill

  • introduces a statutory register of consultant lobbyists and establishes a Registrar to enforce the registration requirements
  • regulates more closely election campaign spending by those not standing for election or registered as political parties
  • strengthens the legal requirements placed on trade unions in relation to their obligation to keep their list of members up to date.

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 the following briefing papers for the Bill:

Progress of the Bill

The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 17 July 2013 and had its second reading on 3 September 2013. The commitee stage took place on the 9 September 2013 and concluded on the 11 September 2013.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill and find out how a bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

What happens next?

The Bill will now be introduced in the House of Lords for consideration at a date to be announced.

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.

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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