Rules: First Reading

The First Reading, where legislation is briefly introduced to the House, before debate begins.
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Rules: First Reading

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First Reading

Bills are introduced, but not debated, in First Reading, with the exception of a speech by the introducer. Generally speaking, only Bills introduced as scheduled Private Member's Bills and Government Bills will receive time for Debate. Along with your bill, you may post a speech introducing the bill: in fact, we would advise you to do this, because it will stimulate debate.

The bill will not, however, be debated before it is moved to Second Reading. This can be done by the Leader of the House or the Prime Minister for Government Bills, or by the Shadow Leader of the House or Leader of the Opposition for Opposition day PMBs using their opposition day quota. Exceptions to this rule empowering others may be made by the A-team or preferably by the Party Leadership in the event of absence of both the Leader and the House Leader.

Moving a bill to Second Reading is simple. You simply put it up on the government timetable.
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