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House of Lords Opposed Bill Committee on the Canterbury City Council Bill 2010-11

Here you can browse the record of the public proceedings of the House of Lords Opposed Bill Committee on the Canterbury City Council Act 2013.

Committee members and staff

The members of the Opposed Bill Committee which is considering the following 4 bills: Canterbury City Council Bill, Leeds City Council Bill, Nottingham City Council Bill and Reading Borough Council Bill were appointed on 11 October 2011. Two members were replaced on 31 October 2011.

Members of the Committee:

Lord Blair of Boughton (Crossbench)

Viscount Eccles (Conservative)

Lord Glasman (Labour)

Baroness Knight of Collingtree (Chairman) (Conservative)

Lord Strasburger (Liberal Domocrat)

Latest news

This Bill, together with the Leeds City Council Bill, the Nottingham City Council Bill and the Reading Borough Council Bill were considered by an Opposed Bill Committee which was appointed solely for that purpose.  That Committee has now finished its task.

The Committee met on 2, 3 and 9 November 2011 to hear evidence relating to the Bills.  They also met on Thursday 24 November 2011 to deliberate in private.  The Committee adjourned to further deliberate on the Bills. Having agreed their report, the Committee reported the Bill (together with the other three Bills being considered by the Committee) to the House with amendments on 20 December 2011.  They also published a Special Report containing their decisions on the Bills together with the  amendments they had made to each of the Bills.  The Report is House of Lords Paper 242 and a link to that report is at the bottom of this page.  The Committee was appointed solely to consider these four Bills and it has now finished that task.

The amendments proposed to the Bill together with further amendments proposed by the Promoters of this Bill during the course of the Committee hearings are shown below.
The Committee heard evidence from the petitioners and also took account of the Government's views on the Bills. The Government makes its views known by presenting one or more Government reports to the House of Lords on the Bill. The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have submitted two reports on the four Bills being considered by this Committee as well as a report on the compliance of the Bills with the European Convention on Human Rights.  Links to the reports are given further down this page. Petitions and reports against each of the other three Bills may be found on that Bill's webpage.

An Instruction to the Committee was debated with the Second Reading of the four Bills and agreed to at the end of the second reading debate.  The Committee had to follow this instruction during their consideration of the Bills.  They commented on the matters raised in the instruction in their Special Report to the House (see link at the bottom of the page).  Follow this link for the Special Report from the Lords Select Committee on the Bournemouth Borough Council Bill and the Manchester City Council Bill mentioned in the Instruction to the Committee.
 

Documents

Minutes of Evidence

The Committee sits mostly in public and the Minutes of Evidence (or verbatim transcripts) of the public sittings are listed below.

Proceeding Date
Corrected Transcript of Day 3 - House of Lords Opposed Bill Committee on the Canterbury CC, Leeds CC, Nottingham CC and Reading BC Bills | PDF version, 461KB 09.11.2011
Corrected Transcript of Day 2 - House of Lords Opposed Bill Committee on the Canterbury CC, Leeds CC, Nottingham CC and Reading BC Bills | PDF version, 675KB 03.11.2011
Corrected Transcript of Day 1 - House of Lords Opposed Bill Committee on the Canterbury CC, Leeds CC, Nottingham CC and Reading BC Bills | PDF version, 788KB 02.11.2011

Government reports

The Government is required to make a report on the promoters’ statement of compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights as soon as the bill has received a first reading. If the Government wishes to make its views about the provisions of a bill known it does so by making one or more further reports which are considered by a Committee on the Bill in the House to which the report is made.

Government report Date
Second Report from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to the House of Lords (PDF, 105KB) 08.11.2011
Report from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to the House of Lords (PDF, 604KB) 20.10.2011
Report on European Convention on Human Rights compliance. Made to the Lords by the Department for Business Innovations and Skills (PDF, 58KB) 19.01.2010

Petitions against the Bill

It is open to any individual, group of individuals or organisation ‘directly and specially affected’ by the provisions of a private or hybrid bill to voice their objections in a petition against that bill.

Petition against the Bill Date
Petition No.1: House of Lords (PDF, 878KB)
Petitioner: Simon James Casey
22.01.2010

Committee reports

The Committees which consider this Bill may produce special reports on their conclusions. These Committees may also amend or reject the Bill they are considering without producing a report.

Committee report Date
Special Report from the Opposed Bill Committee on the Canterbury CC, Leeds CC, Nottingham CC and Reading BC Bills | PDF version, 408KB 21.12.2011

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