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(p. 187) Part III Sources of Public Law 

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date: 23 August 2019

This chapter focuses on the legislative process. In any one parliamentary session, somewhere between 30 and 40 Public General Acts are passed. The vast majority of these are government-inspired measures. The actual process of legislating involves a number of parliamentary and extra-parliamentary stages. There are normally five stages in the parliamentary life of a bill: first reading; second reading; committee stage; report stage; and third reading. Each of these stages is discussed in turn, as are the new arrangements where the bill in question relates to England-only matters. Parliamentary sessions also address private bills, hybrid bills, Private Members’ bills, consolidation bills, and delegated legislation.

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