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Legislation at WestminsterParliamentary Actors and Influence in the Making of British Law$
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Meg Russell and Daniel Gover

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753827

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198753827.001.0001

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Overview of the Legislative Process and Case Studies

Overview of the Legislative Process and Case Studies

(p.13) 2 Overview of the Legislative Process and Case Studies
Legislation at Westminster

Meg Russell

Daniel Gover

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the basics of the legislative process in the Westminster parliament, as well as introducing the 12 case study bills which form the focus of the book, using them to illustrate some key aspects of the process. It provides background on Westminster’s functions and composition during the period of study (2005–12), and explains the legislative process stage by stage: including the different ‘readings’ in the two chambers, the committee stage, and how differences between the two chambers are resolved. It introduces readers to the basics of legislative amendments, both in terms of procedural aspects and their great diversity. For each bill, it provides a paragraph explaining the political background, what the bill sought to do and the degree of controversy that it attracted, as well as summary statistics about the number of amendments proposed and agreed to the bill at each legislative stage.

Keywords:   legislative stage, public bill committee, grand committee, second reading, report stage, third reading, ping-pong

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