Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill: Committee of the whole House
Committee stage: day one
The first day of debate on the Bill in a Committee of the whole House took place on Wednesday 21 October.
Summary of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill
A Bill to make provision for the election of mayors for the areas of, and for conferring additional functions on, combined authorities established under Part 6 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009; to make other provision in relation to bodies established under that Part; to make provision about local authority governance; and for connected purposes.
Progress of the Bill
This Government Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 21 July 2015. It had its second reading on 14 October 2015.
The Bill will now be considered by a Committee of the whole House. The first sitting will be on 21 October 2015, followed by a further sitting on a date yet to be announced.
Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers on the Cities and Local Government Devolution 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 for the Committee stage.
What happens at a Committee of the Whole House?
When a bill passes its second reading and is considered in detailed, this usually takes place in a Public Bill Committee held outside the Chamber and made up of between 16 and 20 MPs.
Occasionally a bill will be considered by a Committee of the whole House and this discussion takes place in the Chamber itself, where all MPs can take part.
Any bill can be referred to a Committee of the whole House, but the procedure is normally reserved for finance bills and other important or controversial legislation.
What happens next?
When the Bill has been considered by the Committee of the whole House the Bill will then be considered at the Report and Third Reading stages over two days on dates to be confirmed.
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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