Daylight Saving Bill, Report stage

23 January 2012

The House of Commons held the report stage of the Daylight Saving Bill on Friday 20 January 2011

Summary of the Bill

The Bill would require the Government to conduct a cross-departmental analysis of the potential costs and benefits of advancing time by one hour for all, or part of, the year.

If this analysis found that a clock change would benefit the UK, the Bill requires that the Government initiate a trial clock change to determine the full implications.

Progress of the Bill

The Daylight Saving Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 30 June 2010 and received second reading on 3 December 2010. The Bill was considered in a Public Bill Committee on 7 December 2011.

The report stage took place on Friday 20 January 2012 but the debate was adjourned.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Daylight Saving Bill. Also find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produce briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The Library published a report on the committee stage.

Report stage proceedings

20 January 2012

MPs considered the Bill as amended in the Public Bill Committee.

Watch and read the proceedings on report stage and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Report stage

The report stage gives MPs an opportunity, on the floor of the House, to consider further amendments (proposals for change) to a Bill which has been examined in committee.

There is no set time period between the end of committee stage and the start of the report stage.

What happens at report stage?

All MPs may speak and vote, for lengthy or complex Bills the debates may be spread over several days. All MPs can suggest amendments to the Bill or new clauses (parts) they think should be added.

What happens after report stage?

Report stage is usually followed immediately by debate on the Bill's third reading.

What happens at third reading?

Debate on the Bill is usually short, and limited to what is actually in the Bill, rather than, as at second reading, what might have been included.

Amendments (proposals for change) cannot be made to a Bill at third reading in the Commons.

At the end of the debate, the House decides (votes on) whether to approve the third reading of the Bill.

What happens after third reading?

If the Bill started in the Commons it goes to the House of Lords for its first reading. If the Bill started in the Lords it will return to the House of Lords for consideration of any amendments the Commons have made.

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