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High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill 2013-14 to 2016-17

Type of Bill:
Hybrid Bill
Sponsor:
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Department for Transport

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Lords HL Bill 111 2015-16 | PDF version, 1MB 23.03.2016

Latest news on the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill 2013-14 to 2016-17

The Select Committee which will consider the Bill was appointed on 5 May. Further information and the proceedings of the Select Committee can be found on the Lords HS2 Select Committee webpage. 

The petitioning period in the House of Lords ended at 5pm on Monday 18 April 2016. 820 petitions were accepted.  A list of petitions is available. The petitions are also online. They can be found by going to the publications tab (on the left of this page) and then scrolling down the page.

The Second Reading debate took place on 14 April 2014.  The Bill was read a Second time after a debate.  Lord Berkeley had tabled two instructions (to consider London petitions at an early stage and to appoint a specialist adviser).  These were not moved but were raised during the debate.  The second reading was agreed to (without a division) and committed to a Select Committee.  The Committee will be appointed shortly.

The Bill was examined for compliance with Standing Orders on 31 March 2016 (a formal proceeding which confirms that Standing Orders have been complied with or dispensed with on the Bill as it was sent from the Commons). 

The Bill received a First Reading in the House of Lords on 23 March 2016 and the petitioning period was announced in the Minutes of Proceedings. 

Report stage and Third Sitting in the Commons took place on 23 March 2016.

The House of Commons agreed a carry-over motion for this Bill on 23 March 2016. This means that Parliament will resume its consideration of the Bill in the 2016-17 session at the point the Bill reached this session.

The Commons Select Committee on the Bill considered petitions between April 2014 and February 2016.

House of Commons Select Committee publications and details of meetings are available on the House of Commons Select Committee web pages.

Report of the Independent Assessor on comments on the Environmental Statement

An Independent Assessor was appointed in December 2013 to produce a report summarising issues raised by comments on the Environmental Statement. The Independent Assessor was appointed under the Private Business Standing Orders of the House of Commons, by the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, a group of impartial parliamentary officials acting for both Houses of Parliament.

The report of the Independent Assessor was published on Wednesday 9 April 2014.

Additional Provision: Report of the Independent Assessor on comments on the Supplementary Environmental Information

The Independent Assessor has submitted a further report summarising the issues raised by comments on the Supplementary Environmental Information published with the Additional Provision on 9 September 2014.

The report was published on 16 December 2014.

Additional Provision (AP2): Summary of Issues raised by comments on the Supplementary Environmental Statement and AP2 Environmental Statement

The Independent Assessor has submitted a further report summarising the issues raised by comments on the Supplementary Environmental Information published with the Additional Provision AP2 on 13 July 2015.

The report was published on 3 November 2015.

Additional Provision (AP3): Summary of Issues raised by comments on the Supplementary Environmental Statement 2 and AP3 Environmental Statement

The Independent Assessor has submitted a further report summarising the issues raised by comments on the Supplementary Environmental Information published with the Additional Provision AP3 on 15 September 2015.

The Report was published on 16 December 2015.

Additional Provision (AP4): Summary of Issues raised by comments on the Supplementary Environmental Statement 3 and AP4 Environmental Statement

The Independent Assessor has submitted a further report summarising the issues raised by comments on the Supplementary Environmental Information published with the Additional Provision AP4 on 12 October 2015.

The Report was published on 11 February 2016.

Additional Provision (AP5): Summary of Issues raised by comments on the Supplementary Environmental Statement 4 and AP4 Environmental Statement

The Independent Assessor has submitted a further report summarising the issues raised by comments on the Supplementary Environmental Information published with the Additional Provision AP5 on 2 December 2015. 

The Report was published on 24 February 2016.

Environmental Statement consultation

The consultation on the HS2 Phase One environmental statement closed on 27 February 2014. Information on the consultation and the phase one environmental statement documents are available on the Government website.

Petition information

The petitioning period in the House of Lords ran from: 24 March 2016 to 17:00 on 18 April 2016  820 petitions were accepted.  A list is available here. The petitions themselves are also online. They can be found by going to the publications tab (on the left of this page) and then scrolling down the page.Petitions (objections) had to be deposited within those dates. The House of Lords Petitioning Kit is available here (for reference) (on the right hand side of the page).

Summary of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill 2013-14 to 2016-17

On 25 November 2013 the Government published the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill. The Bill confers the powers required to construct phase 1 of the proposed HS2 scheme from London Euston to Birmingham Curzon Street with intermediate stations in West London (Old Oak Common) and at Birmingham Airport. It provides for a connection to the existing rail link to the Channel Tunnel (HS1) but not to Heathrow Airport.

Key areas

  • authorisation of necessary works to construct and maintain phase 1 of the HS2 line (powers to carry out these works are conferred on a nominated undertaker (HS2 Ltd.))
  • power to acquire land (and limited rights in land) necessary for the works to be carried out
  • deeming of planning permission to be granted for the works
  • deregulation of works on HS2 (the disapplication of certain powers contained in other legislation)
  • railways matters, essentially the application of existing legislation to HS2 and the future regulatory regime for the line
  • facilitating works on conventional lines to integrate them with HS2.

This is a Hybrid Bill, meaning that it has elements of both a Public and a Private Bill. The Bill was given a Second Reading, therefore those directly and specially affected by the construction of the route were able to petition in front of a specially-convened Select Committee on the Bill.

Background information: Hybrid Bills

Further information on how hybrid bills are dealt with in Parliament is available on the Parliament website.

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