MPs debate remaining stages of Intellectual Property Bill

MPs debate remaining stages of Intellectual Property Bill
12 March 2014

MPs debated the report stage and third reading of the Intellectual Property Bill in the House of Commons, on Wednesday 12 March 2014.

Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mr Iain Wright, opened the debate on report stage. Minister of State Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mr David Willetts responded on behalf of the Government.

MPs approved the third reading of the Bill without division. It has now completed all its stages in the Commons and returns to the House of Lords for consideration.

Further information

Summary of the Intellectual Property Bill

This Bill seeks to make provision about intellectual property. The main purpose of the Bill is to modernise certain aspects of the law relating to intellectual property (IP), in order to ensure that the IP system operates more efficiently, is clearer and more accessible, thus increasing legal certainty. 

Progress of the Bill

This Bill was presented to the House of Commons on 29 August 2013. The Bill had its second reading debate on 20 January 2014.The Public Bill Committee finished its proceedings and reported to the House on 30 January 2014.

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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. Research Papers and Library Notes on Bills are produced before Second Reading and, in the Commons, after 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 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

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