Ping-pong

The movement of amendments to bills between the house of commons and the house of lords if there are disagreements about legislation.

After a Bill has passed its third reading in both Houses it goes back to the first House (where it started) so that the changes proposed by the second House can be considered. The wording of the Bill has to be agreed by both Houses.

 

To reach the final wording the Bill can go backwards and forwards several times between the two House for amendments to be debated and agreed. This movement between the two Houses is often referred to as 'Ping Pong'.

 

Making laws - How Parliament works

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