Timetabling of Bills

Leader of the House written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody Labour, Crewe and Nantwich

To ask the Leader of the House if she will commission and publish an independent assessment of the effect of programming on the passage of Government legislation, including information on (a) the number of Government amendments made at Third Reading in the House of Lords and (b) the length of time taken between introduction and enactment of Government bills (i) in the last three years and (ii) in the last three years before the introduction of programming.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee, Minister of State (Government Equalities Office), The Leader of the House of Commons , Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, Party Chair, Labour Party, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

The effect of programming of Government legislation has been the subject of number of reports by the Modernisation and Procedure Committees of the House and therefore it is not proposed to commission an independent audit.

The total number of amendments, including Government amendments, to Government Bills at Lords Third Reading in the following Sessions were:

Session Number
2006-07 80
2005-06 440
2004-05 119
2003-04 428
2002-03 540
2001-02 306
2000-01 56
1999-2000 741
1998-99 460
1997-98 412
Source:

House of Lords Public Bill Sessional Statistics

These figures are not broken down into 'Government' and 'non-Government' amendments, and it is important to remember that some amendments might have been tabled by a non-Government peer but inspired by the Government and that some amendments may have been tabled by the Government but in response to concerns raised by an MP or peer.

Information about the interval between introduction and enactment of legislation for Government Bills in previous Sessions is a matter of public record, which is contained in the Library's Sessional Information Digests available at:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmsid.htm

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