Secondary navigation

Law Commission Act 2009

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Starting in the House of Lords)
Lord Lloyd of Berwick
Emily Thornberry

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Lords

  1. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Law Commission Act 2009 | PDF version, 57KB 20.11.2009

Latest news on the Law Commission Act 2009

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 12 November.

The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Law Commission Act 2009

The Bill contains provisions relating to the work of the Law Commission (a statutory body created in 1965 to promote the reform of the law of England and Wales) and would amend the Law Commission Act 1965. The provisions of the Bill would

  • require the Lord Chancellor to prepare an annual report, to be laid before Parliament, on the implementation of Law Commission proposals
  • require the Lord Chancellor to set out plans for dealing with any Law Commission proposals which have not been implemented and provide the reasoning behind decisions not to implement proposals
  • allow the Lord Chancellor and Law Commission  to agree a protocol about the Law Commission’s work. The protocol would be designed to provide a framework for the relationship between the UK Government and the Law Commission, and the Lord Chancellor would have to lay the protocol before Parliament.

Stay up to date

Keep up to date with the progress of Bills going through Parliament. Sign up for email alerts or use our RSS feeds.

Related information

Guide to the passage of a Bill

Find out what happens at each stage of a Public Bill’s journey through Parliament with the Passage of a Bill guide.

When does a Bill become law?

Explanation of what happens after Bills have been passed, and when laws may change.