Commons Committee stage: Wales Bill

Commons Committee stage: Wales Bill
06 May 2014

MPs considered the Wales Bill in a Committee of the whole House over two days on Wednesday 30 April, and Tuesday 6 May 2014. A number of amendments were made to the Bill.

Wales Bill: Committee of the whole House

Committee stage: day one, 30 April 2014 

Committee stage: day two, 6 May 2014

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Summary of the Wales Bill

To make provision about elections to and membership of the National Assembly for Wales; to make provision about the Welsh Assembly Government; to make provision about the setting by the Assembly of a rate of income tax to be paid by Welsh taxpayers and about the devolution of taxation powers to the Assembly; to make related amendments to Part 4A of the Scotland Act 1998; to make provision about borrowing by the Welsh Ministers; to make miscellaneous amendments in the law relating to Wales; and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

The Bill had its second reading debate on 31 March 2014. This Government Bill was presented to Parliament on 20 March 2014.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Wales 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 and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

What happens at a Committee of the whole House?

When a bill passes its second reading and is considered in detailed, this usually takes place in a Public Bill Committee held outside the Chamber and made up of between 16 and 20 MPs.

Occasionally a bill will be considered by a Committee of the whole House and this discussion tales place in the Chamber itself, where all MPs can take part.

Any bill can be referred to a Committee of the whole House, but the procedure is normally reserved for finance bills and other important or controversial legislation.

What happens next?

When the Bill has been considered by the Committee of the whole House other parts of the Bill will then be further considered by a Public Bill Committee.

Watching debates 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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