Commons remaining stages: Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Bill

Commons remaining stages: Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Bill
26 March 2014

MPs will debate the remaining stages of the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Bill in the House of Commons, with the report stage and third reading both taking place on Wednesday 26 March 2014.

Proceedings on the Bill will follow the conclusion of consideration of Lords Amendments to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill.

Transcripts of the proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available three hours after they happen in Today's Commons debates.

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Summary of the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Bill

To make further provision about the distribution of estates of deceased persons and to amend the law relating to the powers of trustees.

Progress of the Bill

The Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 10 February 2013. The Public Bill Committee concluded its work and reported on 12 March 2014.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers 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 the following briefing papers on the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Bill.

What happens next?

The Bill is due to have its report stage Wednesday 26 March 2014. The third reading is also scheduled to take place on 26 March 2014.

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.

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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