Second reading of Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Bill

16 July 2012

Richard Harrington, Conservative MP for Watford, introduced the second reading of the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Bill in the House of Commons on Friday 13 July. This is a Private Members' Ballot Bill

Watch and read the second reading debate and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Summary of the Bill

A Bill to create offences and make other provision relating to sub-letting and parting with possession of social housing; and for connected purposes.

The Bill passed without a division and will now be considered by a Public Bill Committee. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Robert Neill, responded on behalf of the Government.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation on the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Bill and 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 briefing paper for second reading.

Second reading

Second reading is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of the Bill. It usually takes place no sooner than two weekends after first reading.

What happens at second reading?

The Government minister, spokesperson or MP responsible for the Bill opens the second reading debate. The official Opposition spokesperson responds with their views on the Bill.

The debate continues with other Opposition parties and backbench MPs giving their opinions. At the end of the debate, the Commons decides whether the Bill should be given its second reading by voting, meaning it can proceed to the next stage.

What happens after second reading?

The Bill proceeds to committee stage and will be considered in a Public Bill Committee or Committee of the whole House (in the Commons Chamber). Each clause (part) and any amendments (proposals for change) to the Bill may be debated.

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