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Bill documents — Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [HL] 2017-19


Full text of the Bill as introduced and further versions of the Bill as it is reprinted to incorporate amendments (proposals for change) made during its passage through Parliament.

House Bill Date
Commons Bill 412 2017-19, as introduced | PDF version 26.06.2019
Lords HL Bill 175 (as introduced) | PDF version 01.05.2019

Explanatory Notes

Documents to explain the purpose of the Bill.

House Explanatory Notes Date
Commons Bill 412-EN 2017-19 | PDF version 26.06.2019
Lords HL Bill 175 Explanatory Notes | PDF version 01.05.2019

Delegated Powers Memoranda

The Government provide a delegated powers memorandum for all public (including hybrid) bills to justify the delegation of powers, usually to Ministers, in the bill.

House Delegated Powers Memorandum Date
Lords Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [HL]: Delegated Powers Memorandum (PDF) 01.05.2019

"English votes for English laws"

Under the 'English votes for English laws' procedure, the Speaker certifies Bills, or provisions of Bills, as relating exclusively to England, and/or to England and Wales. In relation to Finance Bills, the Speaker may certify founding financial motions, or clauses or schedules, as relating exclusively to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.The text of certificates issued by the Speaker, and information prepared by the Government on how government amendments affect the territorial application of provisions of the bill, are available here. (Similar information about the bill itself can be found in the Explanatory Notes – see above.).

House English votes for English laws Date
Commons Speaker's Signed Certificate (PDF) 16.07.2019

Amendment papers

Full list of amendment papers relating to the Bill. Individual amendment papers will be replaced with consolidated lists before the amendments are discussed.

See Lords amendments on the new Lords amendments page

House Amendment Paper Date
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 23 July 2019 | PDF version 24.07.2019
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 18 July 2019 | PDF version 19.07.2019
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 17 July 2019 | PDF version 18.07.2019
Lords HL Bill 175-R-I Marshalled list for Report (PDF) 14.06.2019
Lords HL Bill 175-I Marshalled list for Grand Committee (PDF) 31.05.2019
Lords HL Bill 175(b) Amendments for Grand Committee (PDF) 30.05.2019
Lords HL Bill 175(a) Amendment for Grand Committee (PDF) 23.05.2019

Briefing papers

House of Commons Library and House of Lords Library briefing papers aim to be politically impartial, containing factual information as well as a range of opinions on each subject. Briefing papers on Bills are produced before Second Reading and, in the Commons, after Committee Stage.

House Briefing papers Date
Commons Briefing Paper on Second Reading 15.07.2019

Library Notes

House of Lords Library Notes aim to be politically impartial and are compiled for Members of Parliament and their staff.

House Library Notes Date
Lords Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penaties) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages 08.05.2019

Human rights memoranda

The Government human rights memorandum is prepared by the Government to assist the Joint Committee on Human Rights with its scrutiny of the Bill’s human rights implications.

House Human rights memorandum Date
Lords Memorandum for the Joint Committee on Human Rights from the Cabinet Office (PDF) 01.05.2019

Legislative Consent Resolutions

These ‘legislative consent’ resolutions (also known as “Sewel motions”) are the formal way in which the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly give their assent to the UK Parliament legislating on devolved matters.

House Legislative Consent Resolutions Date
Commons Legislative Consent Motion from the Welsh Assembly (PDF) 04.07.2019

Will write letters

Occasionally questions put to government Ministers during debates on Bills in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords may be answered by the Minister saying 'I will write to the Hon Member'. Such “will write” replies are not published in Hansard but are placed in the Library of the House concerned and published on the Parliamentary website.

House Will write letters Date
Letter from Lord Young to Baroness Hayter regarding points raised in the debate: promotion of the 2021 Census and the veterans question in the Census (PDF, 171KB) 10.06.2019
Letter Lord Young to Baroness Barker regarding issues raised in the second reading debate: development of the proposed gender identify question and its guidance (PDF, 386KB) 21.05.2019

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