A list of Government Bills since 1979 whose main Commons stages have been passed within one dayJump to full report >>
This Note lists Government bills since 1979 whose main Commons stages have been passed within one day. Not all of these bills were similarly fast-tracked through the Lords. In the case of the Dangerous Dogs Bill 1990-91, the Government wanted the bill on the statute book before the long parliamentary recess. An expedited passage through the Commons allowed time for a normal passage through the Lords with Royal Assent being granted before the House rose for the summer recess.
These and other issues are examined in a report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution – Fast-track legislation: constitutional implications and safeguards [HL 116 2008-09]. The report sets out the following justifications which have been used for fast-tracking legislation:
Appendix 5 of the report lists all expedited bills 1979-2009 with a brief summary of the justification given.
Commons Briefing papers SN04974
Author: Sarah Priddy