Commons remaining stages: Care Bill

Commons remaining stages: Care Bill
10 March 2014

MPs completed the debate on the report stage and third reading of the Care Bill in the House of Commons Chamber on Tuesday 11 March 2014.

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

Care Bill 2013-14: Report stage Day Two and Third Reading

The report stage of the Bill was held over two days in the Commons Chamber. Day two of the report stage took place on Tuesday 11 March, along with the third reading of the Bill.

Care Bill 2013-14: Report stage Day One

Day one of the report stage took place on Monday 10 March 2014.

Related information

Summary of the Care Bill

A Bill to reform the law relating to care and support for adults and the law relating to support for carers, to make provision about safeguarding adults from abuse or neglect, to make provision about care standards, to establish and make provision about Health Education England, to establish and make provision about the Health Research Authority, and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

The Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 30 October 2013. The Public Bill Committee concluded its work and reported on 4 February 2014.
Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Care 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 the following briefing papers on the Care Bill.

What happens next?

The Bill is due to have its report stage (day two) on Tuesday 11 March 2014. The third reading is also scheduled to take place on 11 March 2014.

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 (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 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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