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  How laws are made
A bill
Turning a bill into law
First reading
Second reading
Committee stage
Report stage
Third reading
The other House
Royal assent

 
Inside the House of Commons Second reading

At the second reading the bill is explained.

Debate

The reasons why the bill is needed are debated. Those people who want the bill to become law must convince others that it is worthwhile.

Vote

After the bill has been explained and debated there is a vote. The members of the House (Commons or Lords) will decide if the bill should continue its journey towards law .

The bill must receive over half of the votes to get past the second reading.

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