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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 a Commons' Committee Room Committee stage

A committee is a group of members of either House that examines the detail of a bill and proposes amendments.

Standing Committee

A group of members that meet regularly and look at bills in a particular area of a government's work.

Committee of the whole House

If the detail of a bill is examined by all members of a House of Parliament is called a committee of the whole House.

Working like this is common in the House of Lords. In the Commons it is reserved for very important laws, such as those that prevent terrorism.

Proposing amendments

If the committee believes the bill needs to be altered in some way they will suggest changes called amendments.

Amendments must be voted for by both houses.

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