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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

 
Tony Blair speaks in the House of Commons Turning a bill into law
You must pass the Bill through these stages.

Where do you start?
The Bill can start in the the Commons or the Lords.

Both Houses
It must pass through both Houses.

Then the Queen
It always goes to the Queen last.


Commons - First reading

Commons - Second reading

Commons - Committee stage

Commons - Report stage

Commons - Third reading


Lords - First reading

Lords - Second reading

Lords - Committee stage

Lords - Report stage

Lords - Third reading


Queen - Royal assent


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