Consultation outcome

Explanatory notes for bills: new format

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel has summarised responses to the consultation and has published its response.

Original consultation


The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel has published a proposed new format for explanatory notes, which help explain the contents of bills.

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Consultation description

Working with colleagues from the Cabinet Office, Parliament and the Legislation team at the National Archives, the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel has helped to develop a proposed new format for explanatory notes. The new format aims to make them accessible in a user friendly form across multiple platforms.

If you have any comments or suggestions on the new format, please email as soon as possible (and by 31 January 2015 at the latest).

You can also read HTML versions of these explanatory notes:


New format Explanatory Notes on Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill

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Published 21 November 2014
Last updated 15 May 2015 + show all updates
  1. Government response to the consultation added.

  2. Added new format explanatory notes for the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill.

  3. First published.