Energy Bill: Commons remaining stages

14 March 2016

MPs debated the remaining stages of the Energy Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 14 March 2016.

The Energy Bill passed Third Reading in the House of Commons on Monday 14 March 2016. Amendments 48, 49, 50 and 51 were made.

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Summary of the Energy Bill

A Bill to make provision about the Oil and Gas Authority and its functions; to make provision about fees in respect of activities relating to oil, gas, carbon dioxide and pipelines; to make provision about wind power; and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

This Government Bill was introduced to Parliament on Thursday 9 July 2015 and had its First Reading in the House of Commons on Thursday 5 November 2015. It had its second reading on Monday 18 January 2016.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers on the Energy 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.

What happens next?

If the Bill passes all of its stages in the House of Commons it will pass to the House of Lords for consideration.

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.

Under the 'English votes for English laws' procedure, any provisions certified by the Speaker must be separately approved by MPs representing constituencies in England, and in England and Wales, before the Bill can receive a Third Reading. This would take place on the floor of the House in a legislative grand committee following report stage.

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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