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Private Members’ Bills-Report Stage and Third Reading of Bills

Report Stage

When a committee reports a private Member’s bill back to the House or is deemed to have reported a bill back, the order for consideration of the bill at report stage is placed at the bottom of the Order of Precedence. Two hours one on each of two separate sitting days, are allotted for combined report stage and third reading consideration, pursuant to Standing Order 98(2).

On the first day, if there are no motions in amendment at report stage appearing on the Notice Paper, the motion for concurrence at report stage is put immediately and, if adopted, the motion for third reading is moved and debate commences at third reading.

If there are motions in amendment at report stage, and debate on these motions concludes during the first hour, the question is put on all motions necessary to dispose of report stage and, if the bill is concurred in at report stage and if the first hour has elapsed, consideration of the bill is placed at the bottom of the Order of Precedence in order to receive third reading at a subsequent sitting.

At the end of the first Private Members’ hour, unless the bill has been otherwise disposed of, it drops to the bottom of the Order of Precedence and works its way up to the top for consideration by the House during a second private Members’ hour. At the end of the second hour, all questions necessary to dispose of the bill at the remaining stage or stages are put. If a recorded vote is requested, it is automatically deferred to the next Wednesday that the House sits.

Extension of Consideration

The time provided for the consideration of a private Member’s bill at report stage and third reading may be extended by up to five hours on the second day of debate. If a bill is not disposed of within the first 30 minutes of debate on the first day of consideration, during any time remaining on that day, any Member may propose a motion to extend the debate on the second day for a period not to exceed five consecutive hours. This non-debatable, non-amendable motion is deemed withdrawn if fewer than 20 Members rise to support it as per Standing Order 98(3)(a).

If the motion is adopted and the time for consideration is extended on the second day, the Standing Orders relating to the normal hour of adjournment are suspended. At the conclusion of the time provided for Private Members’ Business on the second day, the Speaker puts every question necessary to dispose of any remaining stages of the bill. On a Monday, however, the extension of up to five additional hours of debate begins at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment pursuant to Standing Order 98(3).

Senate Amendments

The order for the consideration of Senate amendments to a private Member’s bill is placed at the bottom of the Order of Precedence when the message relating to the amendments is received from the Senate. The Standing Orders do not specify any time limit for the consideration of a motion respecting Senate amendments. When the item reaches the top of the Order of Precedence, it is considered during Private Members’ Business hour and, if not disposed of at the end of the hour, it is placed again at the bottom of the Order of Precedence. This process is repeated until the debate ends and the question can be put on the motion.

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