Enterprise Bill: Commons remaining stages

09 March 2016

MPs debated the remaining stages of the Enterprise Bill in the House of Commons on 9 March 2016.

Report Stage and Third Reading (Day two): Wednesday 9 March 2016

The debate of the Enterprise Bill continued from Tuesday 8 March and was opened by David Burrowes, Conservative MP for Enfield, Southgate.

The Bill passed the Third Reading with Amendments and will return to the House of Lords for consideration.

Report Stage (Day one): Tuesday 8 March 2016

MPs started debating the Report Stage of the Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 8 March 2016.

Related information

Summary of the Enterprise Bill

A Bill to make provision relating to the promotion of enterprise and economic growth; and provision restricting exit payments in relation to public sector employment.

Progress of the Bill

The Bill was introduced to the House of Lords on 16 September 2015. It completed its Lords stages on 15 December 2015.

The Enterprise Bill was introduced to the Commons with first reading on 16 December 2015 and Second Reading on the 2 February 2016. It completed the Committee Stage on 25 February 2016.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers on the Enterprise 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 Programme (No. 2) Motion on the Bill is agreed, further proceedings on Report stage, proceedings in Legislative Grand Committee and on Third Reading will take place on a second day.

Certain provisions of this Bill have been certified by the Speaker as relating exclusively to England, and others to England and Wales, so the 'English votes for English laws' procedure will apply to it in the House of Commons.

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?

Under the 'English votes for English laws' procedure, any provisions certified by the Speaker must be separately approved by MPs representing constituencies in England, or 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

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