Second reading of Prisons (Property) Bill

17 September 2012

Stuart Andrew, Conservative MP for Pudsey, introduced the second reading of the Prisons (Property) Bill in the House of Commons on Friday 14 September. The Bill will now be considered by a Public Bill Committee

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

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 make provision for the destruction of certain property found in prisons and similar institutions.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation on the Prisons (Property) Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament

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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