Commons second reading: Scotland Bill

08 June 2015

MPs are to debate the second reading of the Scotland Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 8 June 2015.

The debate is expected to start at approximately 4.15pm after today's Urgent Question on the discovery of 68 migrants at Harwich International Port on Thursday 4 June.

Timings are approximate as Parliamentary business is subject to change.

Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available three hours after they happen in Today’s Commons Debates.

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Summary of the Scotland Bill

A Bill To amend the Scotland Act 1998 and make provision about the functions of the Scottish Ministers; and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on Monday 8 June 2015.

This Government Bill was presented to Parliament on 28 May 2015. This is known as the first reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.

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

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Further reading

The following documents are relevant to the second reading debate:

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff 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 published a briefing paper for second reading.

What happens at second reading?

At second reading the House debates the whole principle of the Bill. It usually takes place no sooner than two weekends after first reading.

The Member in charge or the Minister moves the motion 'that the Bill be now read a second time'. MPs then debate the Bill.  At the end of the debate the Speaker determines whether there are any objections to the motion being debated and asks for the Ayes and Noes.

Members voice their opinion, and if no objections are made, the Bill passes second reading without a vote. If the Speaker believes Members have voiced disagreement, a division is called and a vote taken.

What happens after second reading?

If the motion at second reading is agreed to, this Bill will go to a Committee of the whole House for consideration.

The programme motion would also schedule the report and third reading stages to take place over one day. If the carry over motion is agreed the Bill will be resumed in the next session of Parliament if not previously concluded in this session.

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

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