Childcare Bill: Commons remaining stages

25 January 2016

MPs debated the remaining stages of the Childcare Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 25 January 2016.

A number of amendments were made at Report Stage. The Legislative Grand Committee (England) agreed to the consent motion without a vote.

The Bill passed Third Reading without a division.

Related information

Summary of the Childcare Bill

A Bill to make provision about free childcare for young children of working parents and about the publication of information about childcare and related matters by local authorities in England.

Progress of the Bill

This Government Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 26 October 2015. It had its Second Reading on 25 November 2015.

The Public Bill Committee on the Childcare Bill concluded on 10 December 2015.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Childcare 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?

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?

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 would take place on the floor of the House in a Legislative Grand Committee following Report stage.

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

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

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