MPs debated amendments by the House of Lords to the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill on Wednesday 12 March 2014.
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Summary of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill
To make provision about donations, loans and related transactions for political purposes in connection with Northern Ireland; to amend the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975 and the Northern Ireland Act 1998; to make provision about the registration of electors and the administration of elections in Northern Ireland; and to make miscellaneous amendments in the law relating to Northern Ireland.
Progress of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill
The Bill was introduced to the Commons on 9 May 2013 and had its third reading on 18 November 2014. The House of Lords completed the third reading of the bill on 4 March 2014 and returned the Bill to the House of Commons with amendments.
Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendments papers, on the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) 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 briefing papers for the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.
When a Bill has passed through third reading in both Houses it is returned to the first House (where it started) for the second House's amendments (proposals for change) to be considered.
Both Houses must agree on the exact wording of the Bill. There is no set time period between the third reading of a Bill and consideration of any Commons or Lords amendments.
What happens after consideration of amendments?
Once the Commons and Lords agree on the final version of the Bill, it can receive Royal Assent and become an Act of Parliament (the proposals of the Bill now become law).
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