Third reading of Wreck Removal Convention Bill

21 March 2011

Dr Thérèse Coffey, Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal, introduced the third reading of the Wreck Removal Convention Private Members Bill in the House of Commons on Friday 18 March.

There was no report stage as there were no amendments to be considered. The Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

Summary of the Bill

The Nairobi International Convention for the Removal of Wrecks (ICRW) was adopted by the International Maritime Organisation in May 2007.

The Bill provides measures to enable the United Kingdom to ratify and implement the ICRW in the United Kingdom’s domestic law by the insertion of new sections and a Schedule into the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings on the Wreck Removal Convention Bill. Also find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

Third reading

Third reading is the final chance for the Commons to debate the contents of a Bill.

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 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.

If the Bill started in the Commons it goes to the House of Lords for its first reading.

Private Members' Bills

Private Members' Bills are Public Bills introduced by MPs and Members of the Lords who aren't government ministers. As with other Public Bills their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population.

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