Second reading

The second stage consists of the main debate on the bill. The debate focuses on the principles of the bill as opposed to the details.

After a Bill is introduced in Parliament it will move on to the Second Reading this is the most important stage for a Bill in Parliament.  The Second Reading is when the main purpose of a Bill is discussed and voted on. Ordinarily the debate at the Second Reading will be opened by the government minister or spokesperson concerned. Custom requires a vote unless MPs agree to dispense with this requirement.

If the Bill passes, it moves on to the next stage which is the Committee stage.

Making laws - How Parliament works

Second reading (Commons) - UK Parliament

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