Prisons and Courts Bill: Commons Committee stage

20 March 2017

MPs debated the Second Reading of the Prisons and Courts Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 20 March. The Bill passed Second Reading and now moves to Committee stage in the Commons.

Public Bill Committee

Committee stage is where detailed examination of the Bill takes place. Most Committees are able to take evidence from experts and interest groups outside Parliament.

Find out more about the Public Bill Committee:

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The Prisons and Courts Bill Public Bill Committee is currently gathering written evidence for the Committee stage of the Bill. The Committee stage is expected to end on Thursday 27 April but may finish earlier.

The Prisons and Courts Bill 2016-17

Summary of the Bill

The Prisons and Courts Bill deals with four areas:

  • Prison reform
  • Reforming the court and tribunal system
  • The judiciary and the Judicial Appointments Commission
  • Whiplash

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

The Library has published a briefing paper for Second Reading.

Prisons and Courts Bill 2016-17: previous Commons stages

Second Reading

MPs debated the Second Reading of the Prisons and Courts Bill on Monday 20 March 2017. The Bill passed Second Reading without a division and will now be considered by a Public Bill Committee.

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