First reading

The formal introduction of a bill in the house of commons or the house of lords.

The first reading is the first stage of a Bill's passage through Parliament.

This has become a formality. It now consists of the short title of the Bill being read out together with the main aims in the Chamber by the Clerk. Normally a discussion does not take place but it is decided whether the house wishes to consider the Bill further.  It is then given a date for second reading and an order made for it to be printed, making it available to all Members.

First reading (Commons) - UK Parliament

First reading (Lords) - UK Parliament

 

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