Green paper

A discussion document in which the government sets out their views in relation to possible new law.

This is part of the pre-legislative process.  The government is likely to announce and issue a Green Paper in the case of important matters.  If the views being put forward relate to Government policy or responsibilities then the Minister responsible for that matter will introduce the Green Paper.

The Green Paper is a consultation document containing proposals for government policy and is an invitation for interested parties, inside and outside Parliament, to put forward their observations and comments within an agreed time-scale. The Government Department will then consider such comments and suggestions and may well take these into account, so that the best policy option can be used, before proceeding with the proposals.  

The Government's firm proposals for new legislation are then set out in a White Paper, which may contain a copy of the proposed Bill itself, and will be introduced to the House. 

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