Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill: Commons remaining stages

26 January 2016

MPs debated the Report Stage, Legislative Grand Committee and Third Reading of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 26 January 2016.

A number of amendments were made at Report Stage. The Legislative Grand Committee (England and Wales) agreed to the consent motion without a vote.

The Bill passed Third Reading without a division.  

Related information

Summary of the Charities Bill

A Bill to amend the Charities Act 1992 and the Charities Act 2011.

Progress of the Bill

The Bill was introduced to the House of Lords on 28 May 2015. It completed its Lords stages on 14 September 2015 and was introduced to the Commons with first reading on 15 September 2015. The Bill received its second reading in the House of Commons on Thursday 3 December 2015

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) 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.

What happens next?

The Commons amendments to the Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

What is the Report stage of a bill?

The Report stage gives MPs an opportunity, on the floor of the House, to consider any further amendments (proposals for change) to a Bill which has been examined in a Public Bill Committee or on the floor of the House. There is no set time period between the end of Committee stage and the start of the Report stage.

What happens at Report stage?

All MPs may speak and vote. For lengthy or complex Bills, the debates may be spread over several days. All MPs can suggest amendments to the Bill or new clauses (parts) that they think should be added.

What happens after Report stage?

This Bill was certified by the Speaker as relating exclusively to England and Wales, so the 'English votes for English laws' procedure applied to it in the House of Commons.

Under the 'English votes for English laws' procedure, any provisions certified by the Speaker must be separately approved by MPs representing the relevant constituencies – in this case, those in England and Wales - before the Bill can receive a Third Reading. This takes place on the floor of the House in a Legislative Grand Committee following Report stage.

What happens at Third Reading?

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 a Third Reading in the Commons. At the end of the debate, the House decides whether to approve the Third Reading of the Bill.

What happens after Third Reading?

If the Bill started in the Commons it goes to the House of Lords for its First Reading.

If the Bill started in the Lords it returns to the House of Lords for consideration of any amendments the Commons has made.

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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