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Digital Economy Bill will not undergo Committee stage before washup

The Digital Economy Bill will not undergo scrutiny by the Public Bill Committee before its simultaneous Second Reading and vote into law in the washup that precedes the dissolution of Parliament prior to the General Election.

According to the Scrutiny Unit, Public Bill Committee planning anticipate that Parliament will be dissolved close to the Bill’s Second Reading and that therefore it will not enter Committee stage, as there would be no committee available to convene.

The normal schedule would be Second Reading -> 1 week after, Committee formed -> 3-4 weeks of line by line examination. But that's not what will happen here. Committee planning are therefore not accepting written submissions.

No wonder John Whittingdale MP has said what he has about the constitutional legitimacy of this procedure.