People often get confused between a Bill and an Act.  The life cycle of an Act of Parliament can be confusing and people often do not know when they still have an opportunity to influence the legislation and when they need to start preparing to comply with it.

For this reason, we have drafted a visual aid in the form of a time line that sets out [private]the Life Cycle of an Act of Parliament.

For the purposes of an example, we have indicated where our privacy legislation (in the form of the Protection of Personal Information Bill) currently is in the life cycle.[/private]