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City of London Corporation (Open Spaces) Act 2018

Type of Bill:
Private Bill
Parliamentary agents:
Winckworth Sherwood LLP
Promoted by:
Petitioning period:
The House of Commons petitioning period ended at 5pm on 15 February 2016.
The House of Lords petitioning period ended on 23 October 2017

The deadline for petitioning in the House of Lords is 5pm on 23 October 2017.

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

  • Royal Assent Royal Assent (no debate) | 15.03.2018

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
City of London Corporation (Open Spaces) Act 2018 (c. i) 15.03.2018

Latest news on the City of London Corporation (Open Spaces) Act 2018

House of Lords  The Bill had a Third Reading on 27 February and received Royal Assent on 15 March. It had previously been referred to an Unopposed Bill Committee. For further information on the Committee, see the tab on the left hand side of this page. The Bill had a formal Second Reading on 25 October 2017.  The petitioning period in the House of Lords has now ended and no petitions were presented against the Bill.  The Bill received a formal First Reading on 10 October 2017.

House of Commons The Bill received a Third Reading on 10 October 2017 and has been sent to the House of Lords. If the Bill is read a Third time on 10 October it will be sent immediately to the House of Lords where it will receive a formal First Reading.  For a short period it will be possible to object to the Bill by submitting a petition against it (see petition Information below). 

Report Stage was agreed on 25 April 2017.

Revival - Both Houses agreed to revive the Bill in Session 2017-19 (see the stages tab on the left for details) and the Bill will now continue its passage through Parliament.

An Opposed Bill Committee was appointed specifically to consider the Bill. The Committee met on 15 November 2016 and on 22 February 2017. The Committee reported the Bill to the House with amendments. For further information see the tab on the left hand side of this page: "Commons Opposed Bill Committee".


A suspension motion was agreed to in the Commons on 3 May 2016 and in the Lords on 5 May 2016. These formal proceedings (known as carry-over motions) enable the Bill to continue its passage through Parliament in session 2016-17.  The Bill was taken formally through the stages it completed in the last session on 25 May 2016. The Bill was examined for compliance with the appropriate Standing Orders on 18 December 2015.  The Promoter was found to have complied with all of the Standing Orders except for Standing Order 39.  The House of Lords Standing Orders Committee and the House of Commons Standing Orders Committee met in the week of 18 January 2016 to decide whether the Bill should be allowed to be introduced. Leave to introduce was granted subject to a condition from the Commons Standing Orders Committee that petitioning extend to 15 February 2016.

The Bill was presented on 21 January 2016 and had its first reading on 22 January 2016. Second Reading took place unopposed on 2 February 2016.


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 deadline for petitions  to the House of Commons was 5pm on 15 February 2016The deadline for petitions to the House of Lords was 5pm on 23 October 2017.  There will be no further opportunities to petition against this Bill. 

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. 

Summary of the City of London Corporation (Open Spaces) Act 2018

To make provision relating to the public open spaces under the management and control of the City of London Corporation; and for related purposes.

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