MPs consider Lords amendments to Scotland Bill

23 March 2016

MPs debated amendments made by the House of Lords to the Scotland Bill on Wednesday 23 March 2016.

MPs agreed to Lords Amendments 1 to 62, with Commons financial privilege waived in respect of Lords Amendment 22.

The Bill has now been given Royal Assent and has become an Act of Parliament.

Related information

Summary of the 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 introduced to the House of Commons on 28 May 2015. It had its Second Reading on 8 June 2015 and completed its remaining stages in the Commons on 9 November 2015.

The Bill then went to the House of Lords for consideration on 10 November 2015 and completed its Third reading on 21 March 2016.

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.

Lords Amendments

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).

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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