Commons second reading: Wales Bill

Commons second reading: Wales Bill
31 March 2014

MPs debated the second reading of the Wales Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 31 March 2014. 

Secretary of State for Wales, Mr David Jones, opened the debate on second reading. The Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Owen Smith, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

The second reading of the bill was agreed on question, without a vote. A carry over motion on the bill was also agreed. The bill will be resumed in the next session of Parliament if proceedings on the bill have not been completed at the conclusion of this session.

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Summary of the Wales Bill

To make provision about elections to and membership of the National Assembly for Wales; to make provision about the Welsh Assembly Government; to make provision about the setting by the Assembly of a rate of income tax to be paid by Welsh taxpayers and about the devolution of taxation powers to the Assembly; to make related amendments to Part 4A of the Scotland Act 1998; to make provision about borrowing by the Welsh Ministers; to make miscellaneous amendments in the law relating to Wales; and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

This Government Bill was presented to Parliament on 20 March 2014. 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 Wales Bill and find out how a bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library

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 paper for the second reading.

What happens at second reading?

At second reading the House debates the whole principle of the bill. It usually takes place no sooner than two weekends after first reading.

The Member in charge or the Minister moves the motion 'that the bill be now read a second time'. MPs then debate the bill.
At the end of the debate the Speaker determines whether there are any objections to the motion being debated and asks for the Ayes and Noes.

Members voice their opinion, and if no objections are made, the bill passes second reading without a vote. If the Speaker believes Members have voiced disagreement, a division is called and a vote taken.

What happens after second reading?

If the motion at second reading is agreed to, the Bill will go to a Public Bill Committee for consideration.

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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