Guide to making legislation

This guide covers the procedures to follow when preparing primary legislation and taking it through Parliament.


Guide to making legislation


This guidance sets out what bill teams need to do at each stage of preparing primary legislation and taking it through Parliament, from bidding for a slot in the legislative programme to gaining Royal Assent.

This guide has been prepared by the Secretariat to the Parliamentary Business and Legislation Committee of Cabinet, with the advice of Parliamentary Counsel and the Offices of the Chief Whips, Leader of the House of Commons, Leader of the House of Lords and the Public Bill Offices of both Houses. It replaces the version published in July 2015.

Published 5 July 2013
Last updated 14 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated attached document

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  4. July 2014 guidance document published.

  5. Updated version of the guidance.

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  7. Updated with April 2013 version

  8. New version added - April 2013.