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The Armed Forces Bill passed to the House of Lords in June 2011 (HL Bill 76 2010-12). Second reading took place on 6 July, while the Committee stage took place over 6 and 8 September 2011. Report Stage in the Lords took place on 4 October 2011. No amendments to the Bill were passed during those initial Lords stages.

However, six amendments to the Bill were agreed at Third Reading which took place on 10 October, including several tabled or supported by the Government. This note briefly examines those amendments.

The Bill will now be returned to the Commons for consideration (Bill 232). The Bill must receive Royal Assent before 7 November when the Armed Forces Act 2006 is due to expire.

Commons consideration of the Lords Amendments will take place on 19 October 2011.

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