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The stages of the reform to the CSA legislation

A draft law takes the form of a parliamentary Bill. It must go through the necessary stages in both Houses of Parliament. The Queen must signify her approval, which is a formality. The Bill then becomes an Act and enters into force on the day the Bill receives the Royal Assent, unless the Act provides for other dates. [ Making New Law | Bill procedure ]

Note: only one of the Child Support sections (section 24) of the 2000 Act entered into force immediately. The remaining sections are being entered into force as a result of Commencement Orders.

Dates Legislative stage References
1998-03-23 Important brief debate in the Commons, with the Cabinet Minister, Harriet Harman, identifying some of the questions being considered for the reforms. Commons Hansard

1998-07-06
to
1998-11-30

Green Paper (consultation document) - period from issue to end of consultation.

CHILDREN FIRST: a new approach to child support
1998-07-22 Social Security Select Committee - Oral Evidence, after the Green Paper was issued SSSC - Oral Evidence
1999-07-01 White Paper (proposal/policy document) issued. A new contract for welfare: CHILDREN'S RIGHTS AND PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITIES
1999-11-10 Social Security Select Committee - Tenth Report, The 1999 Child Support White Paper SSSC - Tenth Report
1999-12-01 Commons first reading. (The first reading of a public bill is a formality. Once formally presented, a bill is printed and proceeds to a second reading). Commons Hansard
1999-12-17 Government's Response to the Social Security Committee's Report on The 1999 Child Support White Paper DSS publications
1999-12-20 Child Support provisions in the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (PDF file). House of Commons Library Research Papers
2000-01-11 Commons second reading. (This provides the first main occasion for debate on the general principles of a bill). Commons Hansard
2000-01-19 Social Security Select Committee - First Report, Power to Incur Expenditure under Section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999: New Information Technology System for the Child Support Agency (Further Report) Social Security - Report

2000-01-18
to
2000-03-07

Commons committee stage. (The committee considers each bill clause by clause and may make amendments). Standing Committee F
2000-03-08 Social Security Select Committee - Second Report Power to Incur Expenditure under Section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999: New Information Technology System for the Child Support Agency (Further Report) Social Security - Report

2000-03-29

2000-04-03

Commons report stage. (The report stage is an opportunity for members not serving on the standing committee to propose further amendments or new clauses to a bill).

Commons Hansard

Commons Hansard

2000-04-03 Commons third reading. (At the third reading a bill is reviewed in its final form including amendments made at earlier stages). Commons Hansard
2000-04-05 Lords first reading. (The first reading of a public bill is a formality. Once formally presented, a bill is printed and proceeds to a second reading). Lords Hansard
2000-04-17 Lords second reading. (This provides the first main occasion for debate on the general principles of a bill). Lords Hansard

2000-04-19

Lords - motion for approval

Lords Hansard

2000-05-08

2000-05-15

2000-05-22

Lords committee stage. (The committee considers each bill clause by clause and may make amendments).

Lords Hansard

Lords Hansard

Lords Hansard

2000-05-25

Lords - motion for approval

Lords Hansard

2000-06-22

2000-06-27

Lords report stage. (The report stage is an opportunity for members not serving on the standing committee to propose further amendments or new clauses to a bill).

Lords Hansard

Lords Hansard

2000-07-19 Lords third reading. (At the third reading a bill is reviewed in its final form including amendments made at earlier stages). Lords Hansard
2000-07-24 Commons - Lords Amendments considered Commons Hansard
2000-07-25 Lords - Returned from the Commons Lords Hansard
2000-07-26 Lords - Commons reasons considered Lords Hansard
2000-07-28 Royal Assent.

Lords Hansard

2002-03-20 The Announcement of the delay to the reformed scheme, plus subsequent discussion. Commons Hansard
2002-05-22 Work and Pensions Select Committee - Minutes of Evidence, mostly about the delay to the reformed scheme. WPSC - Minutes of evidence
2003-01-27 Announcement that the new scheme would start for new customers on 3rd March 2003. Commons Hansard
     
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