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The Trade Union Bill is due to return to the House of Commons on 27 April 2016 for consideration of amendments agreed to during its passage through the Lords.

It received its Second Reading in the Lords on 11 January 2016 and was debated in Committee between 8-25 February 2016.  The first day of debate on Report took place on 16 March 2016.  The second day of Report took place on 19 April 2016.  Third Reading in the Lords took place on 25 April 2016.

The amendments agreed during the Lords Committee stage were relatively minor and largely supplanted by the variety of amendments agreed during Report stage and Third Reading.  This paper summarises those amendments at Report and Third Reading.

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All the amendments that were agreed in Lords are set out in this document.  They have been renumbered according to the order in which they were moved (i.e. the numbering does not reflect the numbering of the amendments as they were when debated).

Explanatory Notes published on 26 April 2016 summarise the effect of each of the amendments.

Proposed Government amendments to the Lords amendments, due to be debated in the Commons, are set out here.

For detailed background on the Bill, see the briefing produced prior to Second Reading in the House of Commons.  A briefing summarising Committee stage in the Commons is available here.   

The Bill’s progress can be followed on the Parliament website, here.

Structure of this briefing

This briefing discusses the amendments by reference to the stage of debate during which they were agreed (Report first and second sittings, then Third Reading). 

The right hand of each page provides the numbers of the amendments by reference to the renumbered list mentioned above.  Where the Government has indicated it will oppose or amend an amendment, this is noted below the amendment number.

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