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Parliament Acts

Volume 718: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask the Leader of the House how many Acts since 1911 have been passed (a) under the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and (b) during “wash-ups” before general elections. [HL3145]

(a) A total of seven Acts have been passed under the Parliament Acts. The following Acts were passed under the Parliament Act 1911:

the Government of Ireland Act 1914;

Welsh Church Act 1914; and

Parliament Act 1949.

The following Acts have been passed since the 1949 Act was passed:

War Crimes Act 1991;

European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999;

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000; and

Hunting Act 2004.

(b) Bills may pass through one or more stages during the “wash-up” period between the announcement of the date of a general election and the Prorogation, adjournment or dissolution of Parliament prior to the election. Some of these Bills will already have received extensive scrutiny in one or both Houses; others may be taken through all their stages during the wash-up period.

The table below shows the number of bills that received Royal Assent during wash-up before each general election since 1987, together with the stage that each Bill had reached at the beginning of wash-up. Information for general elections between 1911 and 1983 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

1987

Govt

PMB

Total

Receiving Royal Assent

18

11

29

Not introduced before wash-up

1

1

In 1st House at start of wash-up

Total

5

5

completed first reading

1

1

completed second reading

1

1

consisting of

in committee

1

1

completed committee

2

2

completed report

Passed by first House, ready to start progress in second House

In 2nd House at start of wash-up

Total

11

11

22

completed first reading

2

3

5

completed second reading

3

5

8

consisting of

in committee

1

1

completed committee

3

3

6

completed report

2

2

Passed by second House; amendments still to be agreed by first House

1

1

1992

Govt

PMB

Total

Receiving Royal Assent

13

8

21

Not introduced before wash-up

2

2

In 1st House at start of wash-up

Total

4

4

completed first reading

1

1

completed second reading

1

1

consisting of

in committee

completed committee

2

2

completed report

Passed by first House, ready to start progress in second House

In 2nd House at start of wash-up

Total

7

8

15

consisting of

completed first reading

2

3

5

completed second reading

in committee

completed committee

4

5

9

completed report

1

1

Passed by second House; amendments still to be agreed by first House

1997

Govt

PMB

Total

Receiving Royal Assent

26

10

36

Not introduced before wash-up

l

1

In 1st House at start of wash-up

Total

3

3

completed first reading

completed second reading

2

2

consisting of

in committee

completed committee

1

1

completed report

Passed by first House, ready to start progress in second House

In 2nd House at start of wash-up

Total

22

10

32

completed first reading

7

7

completed second reading

4

6

10

consisting of

in committee

1

1

completed committee

9

4

13

completed report

1

1

Passed by second House; amendments still to be agreed by first House

2001

Govt

PMB

Total

Receiving Royal Assent

11

11

Not introduced before wash-up

1

1

In 1st House at start of wash-up

Total

2

2

completed first reading

completed second reading

1

1

consisting of

in committee

1

1

completed committee

completed report

Passed by first House, ready to start progress in second House

In 2nd House at start of wash-up Total

Total

7

7

completed first reading

completed second reading

3

3

consisting of

in committee

1

1

completed committee

3

3

completed report

Passed by second House; amendments still to be agreed by first House

1

1

2005

Govt

PMB

Total

Receiving Royal Assent

14

14

Not introduced before wash-up

2

2

In 1st House at start of wash-up

Total

consisting of

completed first reading

completed second reading

in committee

completed committee

completed report

Passed by first House, ready to start progress in second House

In 2nd House at start of wash-up

Total

11

11

completed first reading

1

1

completed second reading

5

5

consisting of

in committee

1

1

completed committee

2

2

completed report

2

2

Passed by second House; amendments still to be agreed by first House

1

1