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Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill: Third reading

19 March 2019


The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill had its Lords third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, on Tuesday 26 February.

This is a private member's bill. A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.

No changes were suggested to the bill ahead of third reading. Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour), made a statement on the bill at the conclusion of its Lords stages.

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the bill it received Royal Assent on 15 March 2019. Royal Assent is the monarch's agreement to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).

Lords report stage: Tuesday 19 February

No changes to the bill were suggested ahead of report stage.

Lords committee stage: Wednesday 1 February

This bill aims to make amendments to the Human Tissue Act 2004 concerning consent to activities done for the purpose of transplantation.

Members discussed objections raised by those in qualifying relationships with the donor and the requirement for a five year review of the effectiveness of deemed consent.

Lords second reading

The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill had its second reading, the key debate on the draft law's purpose and principles, on 23 November.

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