MPs consider Lords amendments to the Wales Bill

10 December 2014

MPs debated Lords amendments to the Wales Bill on Wednesday 10 December 2014.

The Commons agreed with the Lords Amendments. The Bill is now waiting for Royal Assent.

Related information

Summary of the Wales Bill

To make provision about elections to and membership of the National Assembly for Wales; to make provision about the Welsh Assembly Government; to make provision about the setting by the Assembly of a rate of income tax to be paid by Welsh taxpayers and about the devolution of taxation powers to the Assembly; to make related amendments to Part 4A of the Scotland Act 1998; to make provision about borrowing by the Welsh Ministers; to make miscellaneous amendments in the law relating to Wales; and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

This Government Bill was introduced in the Commons on 20 March 2014 and it had its second reading on 31 March 2014.

A carry-over motion was agreed on 31 March 2014 which allowed consideration of the Bill to be resumed in the 2014-15 session.

Committee stage of the Bill took place on 30 April 2014 and on 6 May 2014. MPs debated the remaining stages in the Commons on 24 June 2014.

The Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on 25 June 2014 and completed its third reading in the Lords on 24 November 2014.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Wales Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial. The Library has produced the following papers:

Lords Amendments

When a Bill has passed through third reading in both Houses it is returned to the first House (where it started) for the second House's amendments (proposals for change) to be considered.

Both Houses must agree on the exact wording of the Bill. There is no set time period between the third reading of a Bill and consideration of any Commons or Lords amendments.

What happens after consideration of amendments?

Once the Commons and Lords agree on the final version of the Bill, it can receive Royal Assent and become an Act of Parliament (the proposals of the Bill now become law).

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

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