A Bill is a proposal for a new law, or a proposal to change an existing law, that is presented for debate before Parliament. Bills are introduced in either the House of Commons or House of Lords for examination, discussion and amendment. When both Houses have agreed on the content of a Bill it is then presented to the reigning monarch for approval (known as Royal Assent). Once Royal Assent is given a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament and is law.

Further information on this subject can be found from the following links.

Guides to People, Events and Places: Making Laws (PDF PDF 233 KB)

About Parliament: Bills

About Parliament: Passage of a Bill

Public Bills before Parliament this session

« Back to Glossary