Debate on financial support for UK industry

17 March 2009

House of Commons gives second reading to the Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill, a Bill to

The second reading of a Government Bill is introduced by a government minister in the department responsible for the Bill. The minister outlines the overall purpose of the Bill and highlights particular parts of the Bill they consider most important.

The official Opposition spokesperson responds with his or her views on the Bill. The debate continues with other Opposition parties and backbench MPs giving their opinions on the principles of the Bill.

At the end of the debate, the House decides whether the Bill should be given its second reading, meaning it can proceed to the next stage. If the House votes against the Bill at second reading, the Bill can progress no further.

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