Housing and Planning Bill: Commons remaining stages

12 January 2016

MPs debated the Report Stage (day one) of the Housing and Planning Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 5 January.

The debate on Report Stage (day two), Legislative Grand Committee and Third Reading took place on Tuesday 12 January 2016.

A number of amendments were made at Report Stage.

The Legislative Grand Committee (England and Wales) and the Legislative Grand Committee (England) agreed to the consent motions on 12 January 2016 without a vote.

The Bill passed Third Reading on division (Division 163, Ayes 309 votes, Noes 216 votes)

Report stage (day one)

Report stage (day two), Legislative Grand Committee and Third Reading

Related information

Summary of the Housing and Planning Bill

A Bill to make provision about housing, estate agents, rent charges, planning and compulsory purchase.

Progress of the Bill

This Government Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 13 October 2015. It had its second reading on 2 November 2015.

The Public Bill Committee on the Housing and Planning Bill concluded on 10 December 2015.

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What happens next?

The Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

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?

Certain provisions of this Bill were certified by the Speaker as relating exclusively to England, and others to England and Wales, so the 'English votes for English laws' procedure applied to it in the House of Commons.

Under the 'English votes for English laws' procedure, any provisions certified by the Speaker must be separately approved by MPs representing constituencies in England, or England and Wales, before the Bill can receive a Third Reading. This takes place on the floor of the House in a Legislative Grand Committee following report stage.

If the Bill passes these stages it will proceed to 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

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