Weekly Information Bulletin: 21st March 2009
Draft Bills under consideration
or published during 2008-09 Session
As part of the reforms to the legislative process initiated by the Modernisation Committee, the government now publishes a number of bills each session in draft form, before they are introduced into parliament as formal bills. This enables consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny before a bill is issued formally.
The House can refer these to a joint committee of the Commons and Lords appointed for the specific purpose of examining and reporting on a named draft bill. A draft bill may also be referred to one of the departmental select committees or a select committee appointed for that specific purpose.
Listed below are draft bills that are currently under consideration or that have been published during the 2008/09 Session of Parliament. Further information on draft bills, including those from previous sessions can be viewed on the Parliament website at: www.parliament.uk/bills/draftbills.cfm. This page links to electronic copies of the draft bills and related publications including select committee reports on the draft bills.
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