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Joint Committee on Consolidation, &c., Bills

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About the Committee

Consolidation Bills are bills which bring together a number of existing Acts of Parliament on the same subject into one Act without amending the law, although they occasionally contain minor corrections and improvements.

A joint committee was first appointed to consider Consolidation Bills in 1894. The Committee has been re€“appointed in most sessions since then. The Committee is appointed under the Standing Orders of both Houses (Standing Order No 52 [HL]; Standing Order No 140 [HC]). The Committee consists of twelve members of each House and the Chairman is a Law Lord.

Consolidation Bills are normally introduced in the House of Lords, and referred to the Committee after Second Reading. Once a bill is referred to the Committee, evidence is taken from the draughtsman of the bill and witnesses from the relevant government department; the Committee will generally report either that the bill is a pure consolidation measure which represents the existing law, or draw the attention of Parliament to any point of special interest in the bill. The Committee is also able to make amendments to the bill which would have the effect of improving the Consolidation.

Standing Order No. 140 [HC]

Standing Order no 52 [HL]