Accessing Bills

Lord Norton

In a previous post, I was asked if I could provide a link to a particular Bill, in this case the Justice and Security Bill.  Anyone wishing to access a Bill being considered by Parliament can do so by visiting the Parliament website and clicking on the link ‘Bills and legislation’.   You can then click on Bills before Parliament.  These are listed alphabetically.  In addition to seeing the text of a Bill, you can also see all the documents associated it, including the Explanatory Notes and amendments tabled to the Bill.

If a measure has been enacted, there is a link to an external site providing the text of Acts of Parliament. 

Both sites are invaluable for anyone interested in Acts of Parliament and the passage of legislation.

8 comments for “Accessing Bills

  1. MilesJSD
    26/07/2012 at 2:08 am

    One surmises that
    “anyone interested in Acts of Parliament and the passage of legislation”
    should actually include all 63 million residents in Britain;

    if only because we are “democratic”
    and following the passage of legislation,
    and familiarising with the subsequent enacted product coming into force,
    that accessing both sites –

    (and thank you Lord Norton, but apparently none other, for at last advising The People of such a simple and Democratic-People-Oriented-Quiz question-and-answer, on where and how to keep track of, and possibly even keep pace with, the Bills and Acts we have entrusted, nay required, Parliaments, the Judiciary, and the Civil Service to bring into force over us)

    – should be a citizen’s reasonably frequent duty,
    if not ‘bounden’ then at least ‘expected’,
    surely ?

    • Lord Norton
      Lord Norton
      26/07/2012 at 9:42 am

      milesjsd: ‘One surmises that
      “anyone interested in Acts of Parliament and the passage of legislation”
      should actually include all 63 million residents in Britain;..’


  2. Gareth Howell
    26/07/2012 at 7:02 am

    Thank you.

    We really need a completely new Congress and Senate buildings in a spacious place instead of the chronically “touristéd” and “trafficked”
    location that we have at the moment.

    The proud people of Oregon who actually have more senators and congress men per capita, enjoy a splendid Capitol building.(scroll down)

    We should too, and leave Westminster to the architectural historians, and trippers.

    When I was a schoolboy my history and economics teacher, taught me as much. There must be similar enlightened masters about today, if not a good many more.

    The £900m spent on Portcullis house would have been much better spent on a greenfield site. 09/11 had not quite happened by the time it was built, but that is entirely by the way of course.

    The best and most creative days in Westminster are invariably the working term of Jan-March when there are few supernumerary people about to disturb deep deliberation and philosophical thought.

    June to December is Bedlam.

    • Lord Norton
      Lord Norton
      26/07/2012 at 9:44 am

      Gareth Howell; The USA has the advantage of space, which we do not have. I am not quite sure what the alternative to London would be.

      • MilesJSD
        27/07/2012 at 1:19 am

        Looking at the aerial maps of Britain, we have plenty enough space for up-to-date Governance advances;

        and for an “in depth defensive” distribution of up-to-date electronicly-secured and networking Parliamentary Places and Governance-Support-Centres

        Westminster would not be a difficult target for such strikes as the 911 or even of some form of ‘suitcase-wmd’.

        A number of governance-estates, each of large enough hectarage to house both parliamentary and all support-governance centres is surely well within our geographic, budgeting, and educational abilities ?

        And in the latter ‘support-centres’ should be included both the ‘colleges of experts’ and some non-legislative People-Representative information-distribution, discussion-facilitating, and
        of at least the two sites given here
        by Lord Norton who appears to be in favour of Enabling All 63 million (odd) Britain-Residents to participate in Governance Matters and Issues.

        Electronic multi-way democratic communication networks

        and modern, ‘state-of-the-art’, ‘in depth’ Governance-Estates

        are surely long overdue to be designed and built.

      • Gareth Howell
        03/08/2012 at 4:28 pm

        Miles has just said something! I agree.
        It should not.

        The problem of presenting the profit motive
        of all the new towns and cities built in the last 80 years, from Welwyn Garden city onwards, might arise in a way it has never done before.

        The development profits (from agricultural land) of such a small city would be difficult to conceal.

        I don’t know which of the satellite cities built since 1955 is deemed as the most successful,(possibly City of MK) but the same gripe reiterated here by the noble lord, might well have been levelled (levelling a gripe) at any one of those, and see how they flourish, with the modern cosmopolitan people of the UK.

  3. Dave H
    28/07/2012 at 2:45 pm

    The one I use for stuff that has passed through the system is, although I did get to learn my way around the Parliament site a few years ago when tracking the CSF Bill. The archives are quite good, it’s possible to go and read all the submissions made by interested individuals and organisations.

  4. Twm O'r Nant
    30/07/2012 at 5:17 pm

    A dozen or twenty new satellite cities have been built for outside London in the last 50 years.

    A new town/city could well be planned for the express purpose of public administration and political organisation.

    It might well be North of London, Warwickshire perhaps.

    I discussed the possibility of building a new capital in Uganda, with my US brother who is interested in, and visits that part of the world for charitable purposes and I did some research in to the architectural concepts of new towns and cities worldwide.

    In Uganda where they are expecting an increase in population from 30 to 50 million in the next 20 years, the most likely outcome will be that a number of villages will become so closely cponcentrated in population that a city will emerge. As with London, the metropolis has emerged from the development of about 50 or more villages in a small area
    ie Richmond village, Hampstead village, going further out to Croydon and Ealing… none of these WERE anything more than villages outside London in my late mother’s youth, and in the late 19thC. They were just developing.

    There are however a good many planned cities throughout the world, some more successful than others. I think Canberra Australia was planned as a seat of government, and there are other similar examples. Nigeria… the federal capital of Ajuba (which made the idea seem viable for Uganda)has not been particularly successful but is still fairly early days.

    The problem with the united Kingdom, and the plans for Scotland and then even Wales, are that it is merely the LOB (Location of offices bureau) written far too large.

    It might have been ok if the Regional Government plans had taken off at all well but they did not.

    In February Westminster is well organised and calm on the whole. As the year goes on it becomes more and more chaotic.

    A new seat of government outside London, and more for the English than the others, would be a very good plan indeed!!!

    Projected Population? 2-300,000

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