Consideration of legislation
By the time they pass each house, bills will have been read three times.
How many reading does a bill have?
There are five steps a bill takes on its way through the Senate — first reading, second reading, committee stage, report stage and third reading.
What is a second reading of a bill?
A second reading is the stage of the legislative process where a draft of a bill is read a second time. In most Westminster systems, a vote is taken on the general outlines of the bill before being sent to committee.
What is the third reading of a bill?
Third reading is the stage at which Members must decide whether a bill should be adopted. Third reading and passage of a bill are moved in the same motion. Debate at this stage of the legislative process is on the final form of the bill.
How does a bill go through parliament?
Most Bills start in the House of Commons. Once a Bill has been introduced, it has to pass through the parliamentary process to become law. When the Bill has gone through the parliamentary process it is sent to the Queen for Royal Assent. It then becomes an Act of Parliament.