A106 - Amendment to include a Bill Summary Paragraph

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A106 - Amendment to include a Bill Summary Paragraph
Proposed by:
The Financier MP

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Rakas21
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Under Bill Formatting Section of the Guidance Document:

Append Subsection 2:

Notes:
All bills should provide an explanatory paragraph that outlines the aim of the legislation and a basic rationale for why it is necessary. Optionally, further points that could be used to justify the legislation can be entered here. To keep the bill tidy, the notes section should be wrapped with a spoiler tag as follows:

Spoiler:
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Summary Paragraph and additional notes goes here
Notes:
Spoiler:
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It is often the case that MPs simply state their position as a post with Aye or Nay without detailing their reasoning. Whilst this is understandable if MPs are pressed for time, such an action does not help ignite debate of the legislation. It is hoped that by mandating a summary paragraph, the proposers of the bill can detail the aims of the legislation to spark discussion of it. A secondary effect is that it may help new MPs and the speaker keep on top of what each bill does, helping to identify whether bill ideas have already passed in the MHoC.

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Aye, it'll be handy.
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(Original post by Birchington)
A106 - Amendment to include a Bill Summary Paragraph
Proposed by:
The Financier MP

Seconded by:
Rakas21
mobbsy91
Jammy Duel
tengentoppa
RayApparently
PetrosAC

Under Bill Formatting Section of the Guidance Document:

Append Subsection 2:

Notes:
Spoiler:
Show

It is often the case that MPs simply state their position as a post with Aye or Nay without detailing their reasoning. Whilst this is understandable if MPs are pressed for time, such an action does not help ignite debate of the legislation. It is hoped that by mandating a summary paragraph, the proposers of the bill can detail the aims of the legislation to spark discussion of it. A secondary effect is that it may help new MPs and the speaker keep on top of what each bill does, helping to identify whether bill ideas have already passed in the MHoC.

Hi Birchington, the amendment doesn't seem to have been sent through correctly as the bit for the guidance document is missing. Underneath the heading could you add the following (including the Quote tags):

Append Subsection 2:

Notes:
All bills should provide an explanatory paragraph that outlines the aim of the legislation and a basic rationale for why it is necessary. Optionally, further points that could be used to justify the legislation can be entered here. To keep the bill tidy, the notes section should be wrapped with a spoiler tag as follows:

[*SPOILER*]Summary Paragraph and additional notes goes here[/*SPOILER*] (without the asterisks)
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Not sure, there is already a sentance at tge top of bills to tell people what it does and I'm not sure this will accheive much.
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As I said to The Financier when he suggested this: if it works, great and if not, no harm done.

It does sometimes annoy me when a bill has no explanation as to why it's needed.
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As I said to The Financier when he suggested this: if it works, great and if not, no harm done.

It does sometimes annoy me when a bill has no explanation as to why it's needed.
I echo this view

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Not sure, there is already a sentance at tge top of bills to tell people what it does and I'm not sure this will accheive much.
There is often little explanation of why a piece of legislation is needed. At the very least, having a summary paragraph will encourage parties to put more effort in arguing the case for something.

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I echo this view

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I echo Petros' echoing of this view.
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I echo Petros' echoing of this view.
I echo James' echoing of my echoing of this view.

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There is often little explanation of why a piece of legislation is needed. At the very least, having a summary paragraph will encourage parties to put more effort in arguing the case for something.

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But what if people stop reading the bills and only read the summery paragraph?
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I'm assuming this is going in the Notes section, if so then aye.
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Hi Birchington
I have added your amendments.
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But what if people stop reading the bills and only read the summery paragraph?
I doubt they would because nitpicking is what we do best here , and even if they did then they'd be terrible MPs.
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But what if people stop reading the bills and only read the summery paragraph?
MPs are unlikely to do so. We're also not asking for an extremely comprehensive detailing to be included otherwise it won't be much of a summary. The content of the bill is still the primary focus.

The other thing is that a summary paragraph helps when bills are highly complex/specialised in nature. We often get a ton of abstains if what a complex bill does is not explained in the notes. This could go a long way in encouraging MPs to take a non-neutral position.
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But what if people stop reading the bills and only read the summery paragraph?
Then they aren't very good MPs. Even if I vehemently agree from the summary I will still read through the bill itself, for example, I want the legislation to be correct and will make sure there ARE NOT errors or serious flaws.

Obviously it's an 'aye' from me.
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MPs are unlikely to do so. We're also not asking for an extremely comprehensive detailing to be included otherwise it won't be much of a summary. The content of the bill is still the primary focus.

The other thing is that a summary paragraph helps when bills are highly complex/specialised in nature. We often get a ton of abstains if what a complex bill does is not explained in the notes. This could go a long way in encouraging MPs to take a non-neutral position.
right ok, I'm just not sure this'll work so I'll likely abstain.
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Aye, definitely support this, too often stuff comes up here that's a wall of text and it's late at night so I don't have the alertness t'read it all!
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