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Middle Level Bill 2016-17

Type of Bill:
Private Bill
Parliamentary agents:
Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
Promoted by:
Petitioning period:
House of Commons: 24.1.17 to 5pm on 30.1.17
House of Lords: TBA

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

  • 2nd reading: House of Commons 2nd reading: House of Commons (no debate) | 22.03.2017

Next event

  • 2nd reading: House of Commons 2nd reading: House of Commons | 29.03.2017

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Bill (as deposited) (PDF, 264KB) 28.11.2016

Latest news on the Middle Level Bill 2016-17

House of Commons: 

A Second Reading debate has been scheduled for approximately 4.00pm (subject to the timing of other business in the Chamber) on Wednesday 29 March. 

The formal Second Reading of the Bill has been opposed a number of times over the past month. This is because a blocking motion was tabled which effectively prevented the bill receiving a Second Reading until a debate was scheduled.

This Bill received a formal First Reading in the House of Commons on 24 January 2017. The petitioning period in the House of Commons began on 24 January and ended on 30 January 2017. Six petitions were deposited in this period.

The Bill successfully completed the examination of its compliance with Standing Orders on 19 December 2016 (those proceedings can be found here). 

Petition information

If you are "specially and directly affected" by this Bill you may oppose the Bill or seek its amendment before a Select Committee in either or both Houses.  If you present a "petition" against the bill at the appropriate times (during a "petitioning period") you may be able to have your views on the bill heard by the Committee (in whichever House you petition).

There are specific times when petitions can be presented. The petitioning period in the House of Commons began on 24 January 2017, and ended at 5pm on Monday 30 January 2017. Further information about petitioning can be found by following the link or you can contact one of the Private Bill Offices.  Staff in either office will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the process of opposing a private bill.  There will be a further, short petitioning period in the House of Lords if the Bill successfully passes through the House of Commons.

Summary of the Middle Level Bill 2016-17

A Bill to amend and update the powers of the Middle Level Commissioners to regulate navigation on the Middle Level of the Fens in the city of Peterborough and the counties of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk; to make further provision as to the regulation of navigation on those waterways; to make other provision as to the Commissioners; and for connected purposes.

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