Higher Education and Research Bill: Commons stages

28 April 2017

Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords have agreed on the text of the Higher Education and Research Bill. The Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 becoming an Act of Parliament (law).

Higher Education and Research Bill 2016-17

Summary of the Bill

The Higher Education and Research Bill aims to:

  • make provision about higher education and research
  • make provision about alternative payments to students in higher or further education.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Higher Education and Research Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

Higher Education and Research Bill: Commons stages

Royal Assent

The Higher Education & Research Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, becoming an Act of Parliament (law).

Consideration of Lords amendments

MPs disagreed to some Lords amendments to the Higher Education & Research Bill. The Bill then returned to the Lords for further consideration. The House of Lords agreed to the Commons amendments and the Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017.

Commons remaining stages (Report stage and Third Reading)

Both the Report stage and Third Reading took place on 21 November 2016.

The Bill was amended at Report stage and passed its Third Reading following a vote (Ayes 279, Noes 214). The Bill then returned to the House of Lords for further consideration.

Committee stage

The Higher Education and Research Bill Public Bill Committee gathered written evidence and considered the Bill from 6 September to 18 October 2016. The Public Bill Committee then reported the Bill to the House with amendments.

Find out more about the work of the Public Bill Committee.

Second Reading

MPs debated the Second the Second Reading of the Bill on 19 July 2016. The Bill passed Second Reading following a vote (Ayes 294, Noes 258)

Related information

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 published a briefing paper for Committee stage.

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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