Second reading

The second Reading consists of consideration of the Bill which can further be divided in to two stages. The first stage consists of a general discussion of the Bill when the principal underlying the Bill is discussed. At this stage it is open to the House to refer a Bill to a Select Committee of the House or to circulate it for the purpose of eliciting opinion or straightway take in to consideration at once.

The second stage consists of consideration of a Bill clause by clause. Discussion takes place on each clause of the Bill and amendments, if any, are moved at this stage, when all the Clauses, the Schedules, the Enacting Formula and the Short Title of the Bill and amendments have been put to vote and disposed of, the Second Reading is deemed to be over.