Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill: Commons second reading

14 October 2015

MPs debated the second reading of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday 14 October 2015.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, opened the debate. Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Jon Trickett, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

The Bill passed second reading without a division and will now be considered by a Committee of the whole House.

The Speaker selected a reasoned amendment in the name of the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Jon Trickett, for debate. The amendment was disagreed to on division. (Division 76, Ayes 212, Noes 324).

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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

The Bill was introduced to the House of Lords on 28 May 2015 . It completed its Lords stages on 21 July 2015 and was introduced to the Commons with first reading on 21 July 2015.

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.

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House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff 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 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 second reading is agreed MPs will consider a programme motion which would schedule the Bill to be considered by a Committee of the whole House over two days. The programme motion would also schedule the report and third reading stages to take place over one day.

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

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