23 May 2024

With the general election now called and the dissolution of parliament expected on 30 May 2024, what happens to outstanding legislation?

Once the dissolution is complete, all sitting MPs will no longer be MPs and therefore government actions come to a halt. Members of the House of Lords retain their positions, but business will also come to an end until a new government is appointed.

One relevant law currently making its way through the legislative process is the Paternity Leave (Bereavement) Bill. It is currently at the committee stage in the House of Lords and must reach Royal Assent by 30 May 2024. If it does not it will fail as all parliamentary business is dropped after its suspension.

If we were to hazard a guess, this bill is among the raft of bills that will likely get passed in time, due to having a relatively small number of steps left until Royal Assent.

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