Coroners Bill: Commons amendments

12 November 2009

Members of the Lords considered Commons amendments to the Coroners and Justice Bill on 11 November

Three votes (divisions) on amendments to the Bill took place on issues including:

  • the handling of inquests and use of intercept evidence
  • abolishing the common law defence of provocation and replacing it with a partial defence of loss of control, and
  • the freedom of expression safeguard in relation to offences of inciting hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The Bill has been sent back to the House of Commons for MPs to consider Lords amendments.

'Ping Pong'

When a Bill has passed through third reading in both Houses it is returned to the first House (where it started) for the second House's amendments (proposals for change) to be considered.

Both Houses must agree on the exact wording of the Bill.

If the Lords disagrees with any Commons amendments, or makes alternative proposals, then the Bill is sent back to the Commons.

A Bill may go back and forth between each House (‘Ping Pong’) until both Houses reach agreement.

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