Armed Forces Bill: Commons remaining stages

11 January 2016

MPs debated the remaining stages, both the report stage and third reading, of the Armed Forces Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 11 January 2016.

The Bill, as amended, passed report stage and third reading without a division. The Bill will now pass to the House of Lords for consideration.

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Summary of the Armed Forces Bill

A Bill to continue the Armed Forces Act 2006; to make provision about service discipline; to make provision about Ministry of Defence fire-fighters; and for connected purposes.
An Armed Forces Bill is required every five years in order to continue in force the provisions of the current Service legislation relating to Service discipline, and to make any amendments.

Progress of the Bill

This Government Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 16 September 2015. It had its second reading on 15 October 2015.

The Bill was considered by a committee of the whole house on 16 December 2015.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers on the Armed Forces 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.

What happens next?

If the Bill passes all of its stages in the House of Commons it will pass to the House of Lords for consideration.

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.

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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