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Many proposals, especially those of a routine nature which may be thought of as matters of administrative necessity, originate in government departments.

Bills are drafted by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel in accordance with detailed instructions issued by departments.

The second reading speech (along with the explanatory memorandum) plays an important role in the legislative process and may be taken into account by the courts in deciding the meaning or intention of an Act.

The second reading debate is the discussion of the motion moved by the Minister.

A bill, which is a formal document prepared in the form of a draft Act, is no more than a proposal for a law or a change to the law.