MPs debate remaining stages of Offender Rehabilitation Bill

MPs debate remaining stages of Offender Rehabilitation Bill
14 January 2014

MPs debated the remaining stages of the Offender Rehabilitation Bill in the House of Commons, as both the report stage and third reading of the Bill took place on Tuesday 14 January 2014.

The Bill has now completed all its stages in the House of Commons and will return to the House of Lords for consideration of amendments.

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Summary of the Offender Rehabilitation Bill

A Bill to make provision about the release, and supervision after release, of offenders, to make provision about the extension period for extended sentence prisoners, to make provision about community orders and suspended sentence orders, and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

The Public Bill Committee reported on the 3rd December 2013.

The Bill had its second reading debate on 11 November 2013. The Bill completed its House of Lords stages on 9 July 2013 and was presented to the House of Commons on the same day. This is known as the first reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.

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

House of Commons Library Analysis 

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial. The Library has published a briefing paper for the Commitee stage. 

What is the report stage of a bill?

The report stage gives MPs an opportunity, on the floor of the House, to consider any further amendments (proposals for change) to a bill which has been examined in a public bill committee or on the floor of the House. 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) that 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 a third reading in the Commons. At the end of the debate, the House decides whether to approve the third reading of the bill.

What happens after third reading?

As the Bill started in the Lords it returns to the House of Lords for consideration of any amendments the Commons has made.

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

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