On 13 November the European Union (Approvals) Bill reached committee stage in the Lords. As no changes were suggested to the bill it was agreed that it would go directly to third reading. This procedure is known as 'order of commitment discharged'.
Third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.
If the bill completes third reading with changes made, the bill will pass back to the Commons for its consideration of Lords amendments.
If the bill completes third reading with no changes, both Houses will have agreed on the final text and it will progress to Royal Assent. Royal Assent is the monarch's agreement to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law) and is a formality.
Lords second reading: Wednesday 25 October
Members discussed the key points raised by the bill, including approving four draft decisions of the Council of the European Union and Article 352 decisions.
European Union (Approvals) Bill
This bill will aim to:
- approve draft decisions of the Council of the European Union on the participation of the Republics of Serbia and Albania as observers in the work of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights
- sign and conclude an agreement between the EU and Canada which would allow enhanced cooperation on competition matters.