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Bill documents — Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill 2017-19

Bills

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 404 2017-19, as introduced | PDF version 12.06.2019

Explanatory Notes

Documents to explain the purpose of the Bill.

House Explanatory Notes Date
Commons Bill 404-EN 2017-019 | PDF version 12.06.2019

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
Commons Delegated Powers Memorandum from Ministry of Justice (PDF) 13.06.2019

"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) 21.06.2019

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.

House Amendment Paper Date
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 16 July 2019 | PDF version 17.07.2019
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 10 July 2019 | PDF version 11.07.2019
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 9 July 2019 | PDF version 10.07.2019
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 8 July 2019 | PDF version 09.07.2019
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 5 July 2019 | PDF version 08.07.2019
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 3 July 2019 | PDF version 04.07.2019
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 2 July 2019 | PDF version 03.07.2019
Commons Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 2 July 2019 | PDF version 02.07.2019
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 28 June 2019 | PDF version 01.07.2019
Commons Notices of Amendments as at 26 June 2019 | PDF version 27.06.2019

Selection of amendments: Commons

In the House of Commons, amendments are grouped together so that amendments relating to a particular topic or issue are discussed together.

House Selection of amendments: Commons Date
Commons Consideration in Committee: Selection 1 (PDF) 02.07.2019

Public Bill Committee and report stage proceedings: Commons

Details of the Public Bill Committee and report stage proceedings in the House of Commons. The documents contain the text of amendments considered at each sitting and show whether it was agreed to, negatived (not agreed), not called, not moved or withdrawn.

House Public Bill Committee and report stage proceedings: Commons Date
Commons Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 2 July 2019 | PDF version 03.07.2019

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 Committee Stage Report 10.07.2019
Commons Briefing paper on Second Reading 20.06.2019

Press notices

Archive of press notices related to the Bill.

House Press notices Date
Commons Schedule of meetings (PDF) 02.07.2019
Commons Have your say on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill 26.06.2019

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
Commons Human Rights Memorandum from Ministry of Justice (PDF) 13.06.2019

Written evidence

Written submissions from outside bodies and individuals are circulated to MPs appointed to examine the Bill during committee stage in a Public Bill Committee. The following written submissions were sent to this committee.

House Written evidence Date
Commons Written Evidence: Resolution (DDSB01) (PDF) 03.07.2019
Commons Written Evidence: Dr Sharon Thompson, Cardiff University (DDSB02) (PDF) 03.07.2019
Commons Written Evidence: The Law Society for England and Wales (DDSB03) (PDF) 03.07.2019
Commons Written Evidence: Sue Kincaid (DDSB04) 03.07.2019
Commons Written Evidence: James Brien (DDSB05) 03.07.2019
Commons Written Evidence: Nicholas D Hart (retired former solicitor) (DDSB06) 03.07.2019

Impact Assessments

List of related Impact Assessments

House Impact Assessments Date
Impact Assessment from Ministry of Justice (PDF) 13.06.2019

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