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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

 
Baroness Young speaking in the House of Lords The other House
All bills must pass through both Houses of Parliament.

If the bill started in the Commons it now moves to the Lords. If it started in the Lords it moves to the Commons.

Any changes made (amendments) have to be agreed by both Houses.

If the House of Lords votes against a bill that the Commons wants it can be delayed for a year.

The Lords can not permanently block a bill.

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