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Marine Navigation Aids Bill [HL] 2009-10

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Starting in the House of Lords)
Sponsor:
Lord Berkeley

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Lords

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

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Lords Bill 15 09 - 10 | PDF version, 123KB 20.11.2009

Latest news on the Marine Navigation Aids Bill [HL] 2009-10

During second reading of the Bill on 5 February, a wide-ranging discussion took place on issues including the competitiveness of shipping and the marine industry.

The 2009-10 session of parliament has prorogued and this Bill will make no further progress.

Summary of the Marine Navigation Aids Bill [HL] 2009-10

The Marine Navigation Aids Bill proposes establishing a Marine Navigation Aids Commission.  The commission would be responsible for the operation and maintenance of shipping navigation aids and for the collection of light dues.  Light dues are the charges payable by ships that enter English, Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish waters.
Lord Berkeley introduced a similar Bill with the same title in the 2008-09 session of Parliament.  The Bill received a first reading on 14 May 2009 but did not progress any further.


Key areas

  • The Bill would create the Marine Navigation Aids Commission, funded by the General Lighthouse Fund.
  • The Office of Marine Navigation Aids Regulation would be established to regulate the work of the commission.  The office would ensure the commission procures and maintains navigation aids safely and efficiently, would set the charges payable by ships entering English, Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish Waters, and would administer the General Lighthouse Fund.
  • The Secretary of State would be empowered to appoint the members and chief executive of the commission and the chairperson of the Office of Marine Navigation Aids Regulation.

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