Programme motion

A programme motion in the House of Commons is usually agreed to immediately after a Bill's second reading and then becomes known as the 'programme order'. Programme orders help to make a Bill's progress through its various stages much more predictable. Programme orders cannot timetable proceedings in the Lords. The first programme motion was put down on 13th January 1998 - the Scotland Bill. In October 2002 the House formally agreed to the use of programmes as the normal practice for government bills.

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