National Citizen Service Bill returns to the Lords

Young people on a training programme.
05 April 2017

The National Citizen Service Bill returned to the House of Lords on 4 April for consideration of Commons amendments in 'ping pong'.

Members of the Lords considered Commons amendments on several subjects including when parts of the bill will come into force.

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the bill it received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017. Royal Assent is the monarch's agreement to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).

Lords third reading: Wednesday 14 December

Members of the Lords discussed subjects including what is to be included in the National Citizen Service Trust annual report, including the number of participants with disabilities, notification of financial difficulties and the consequences for the Trust.

Lords report stage: Wednesday 7 December

Members discussed the establishment of the National Citizen Service Trust by Royal Charter, independent reviewing of the Trust and programmes involving heritage railways, tramways and waterways.

Lords committee stage day two: Tuesday 22 November

The committee stage of this bill took place in Grand Committee, a room outside the Lords chamber. In Grand Committee, any member can take part and decisions on amendments can be made, but no votes take place.

Members discussed a range of subjects, including the duties of the NCS Trust, diversity of participants and consultation with the voluntary sector. 

Lords committee stage day one:  Monday 16 November

Members discussed the independence of the National Citizen Service Trust, consultation with the voluntary sector and the Trust's duty to promote democratic and political education.

Lords second reading: Tuesday 25 October

The bill aims to expand the National Citizen Service by establishing a National Citizen Service Trust to provide programmes for young people in England.

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