Scotland Bill: Commons Committee stage

06 July 2015

MPs debated the Scotland Bill in a Committee of the whole House over four days, on 15, 29 and 30 June and 6 July 2015 . 

The Bill has now completed Committee stage and will be considered at Report and Third Reading stages over one day, on a date yet to be announced.

Committee of the whole House: day one

The first day of debate on the Scotland Bill took place in a Committee of the whole House, a number of amendments were made to the Bill.

Committee of the whole House: day two

Committee of the whole House: day three

Committee of the whole House: day four

Related information

Summary of the Scotland Bill

A Bill to amend the Scotland Act 1998 and make provision about the functions of the Scottish Ministers; and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

This Government Bill was presented to Parliament on 28 May 2015. This is known as the first reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.

The Bill passed second reading on Monday 8 June 2015.

Following second reading the House of Commons agreed a programme motion. The programme motion scheduled the Bill to be considered in a Committee of the whole House over four days.

The programme motion also schedules the report and third reading stages to take place over one day.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Scotland 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 for the Committee stage.

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 takes 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?

The Bill will be considered at Report and Third Reading stages over one day, on a date yet to be announced.

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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