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Parliamentary proceedings

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A Bill is a proposal for a new law, or a proposal to change an existing law, presented for debate before Parliament.

A Bill can start in the Commons or the Lords and must be approved in the same form by both Houses before becoming an Act (law).

Bills become Acts once they have passed all stages within both Houses of Parliament and receive Royal Assent. Once they have received Royal Assent, Acts are published under the authority of the Queen's Printer to the website.

All Bills currently before the UK Parliament are listed on the UK Parliament website

The Parliamentary Business, Bills & Legislation website shows which stage a Bill has reached on its passage through Parliament.

See the website for links to the full text of a Bill, the Hansard debate and any proposed amendments.

You can find out who the MP is for your own or for a particular area using the Postcode Search on the Parliament website.

Almost all MPs now have their own websites with news about speeches, activity in Parliament, votes, opinions, surgeries and events.

TheyWorkForYou is a very useful website for tracking an MP's activity, votes and speeches. The site lists MPs voting records, topics of particular interest and attendance for public bill sittings. You can also register for email alerts for updates on a particular MPs activity.

Hansard can be a very valuable tool for legal research into the history of Acts and the debates surrounding the passing of a Bill. You can use Hansard to follow a Bill from start to finish, track a particular politician's entire Parliamentary career, or follow all of the debate on a particular topic, such as the health service or economy.

Keep up to date with the progress of Bills going through Parliament.

Full text of Public, Private and Hybrid Bills, plus their progress through Parliament; includes Acts passed this session.

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