Posted: 09 May 2016

The Policing and Crime Bill: Report Stage

When we started asking for your help to influence the Bill, we wrote a blog explaining how a Bill becomes a law.

The report stage is the penultimate stage in the House of Commons.


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An opportunity to amend the Bill

This is an opportunity for MPs to agree proposed changes (amendments) to the Bill from the previous Committee stage, as well as make any further changes they would like to see included. MPs may vote on these changes to the Bill if there is disagreement in the House.

The Government can also use this stage as an opportunity to give some more thought to the points raised during the committee stage and, if they feel it necessary, put down their own amendments.

These amendments are debated and then voted on. You can see the results of all votes and the voting record of your MP online.

The Policing and Crime Bill report stage will last for two days – the first was on the 26th April, and the second will be latter in May.

Because the Government has a majority in the House of Commons they rarely lose votes.

However, if a large number of MPs attend a vote or speak passionately about an amendment, it shows the Government there is support for the issue and can make them think again about some proposals.

Passage of a Bill

Bill starting in the House of Commons


First reading

House of Commons


Second reading


Committee stage


Report stage

Third reading


What happens next?

The final stage in the House of Commons is known as the Third Reading.

This takes place immediately after report stage – often the same day, and is usually very short.

It’s the final opportunity for MPs to discuss the bill before it heads over to the House of Lords to go through the same process of debating and amending as it’s just been through in the House of Commons.

We’re calling on the Government to make four main changes to the Bill and with your help, they will be discussed on the second day of report stage.

We need your help

By this point, we need as much support from MPs as possible.

Please take a moment and call on your MP to support the changes we want to see in the Bill.


By Andy Soar

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