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Not all bills expedited in the House of Commons were similarly fast-tracked through the House of 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.
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Commons Briefing papers SN04974
Author: Sarah Priddy