Presentation Bill

The main method for a Bill to be put before Parliament

In Short

The most common method by which Bills are laid before Parliament

How does it work?

You give notice that you intend to introduce a Bill, but only need provide a Short Title and a Long Title (a summary of the bill). Providing all the required information is presented, the First Reading can occur.

Most Government Bills are introduced this way, as the Government can set any date for future bill stages. For a Private Members Bill, Presentation Bills can only be performed once Ballot Bills have had their First Reading. Unlike a Ballot Bill or Ten Minute Bill, whose numbers are inherently limited, there is no limit to the number of Bills an MP can table under this procedure.

As Presentation Bills are listed on the order paper subsequent to ballot bills, they rarely become law.