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City of Westminster Bill [HL] 2008-09 to 2012-13

Type of Bill:
Private Bill
Parliamentary agents:
Sharpe Pritchard LLP
Promoted by:
Westminster City Council
Petitioning period:
Lords: 23.1.09 to 6.2.09Commons: Dates to be announced

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Lords Bill as introduced into the House of Lords | PDF version, 285KB 22.01.2009

Latest news on the City of Westminster Bill [HL] 2008-09 to 2012-13

The Bill was withdrawn by the Promoters on 18 June 2012 and will not proceed further. 

The Promoters had previously been seeking to revive this Bill in Session 2012-13. Permission needed to be granted by both Houses  to enable it to continue its passage. The House of Lords agreed to revive the Bill and the House of Commons was in the process of deciding that question at the point the Bill was withdrawn.

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 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 Lords ended on 6 February 2009.
  • There will be a further opportunity to petition against the Bill if it reaches the House of Commons.  If you need further information about petitioning in the House of Commons please contact the House of Commons Private Bill Office [email protected] tel: 020 7219 3250.

The Bill is opposed, 1 of the 3 petitions deposited against the Bill in the House of Lords remains outstanding (the petitioners who presented petition no. 2 have been found by the Committee not to have the right to be heard and petition no. 1 has been withdrawn).

to view the petitions follow the link to "bill documents" on the left-hand side of this page.

Summary of the City of Westminster Bill [HL] 2008-09 to 2012-13

The Bill (as originally introduced) would revise the street trading provisions in the City of Westminster Act 1999 in particular by: 
  • extending the definition of street trading to include sale of motor vehicles over the internet if the vehicle is kept on the street
  • giving powers to the council to designate areas where news vendors’ exemption does not apply
  • allowing the council to designate and alter licensable areas, and have more control over what is traded in them
  • giving further controls to the council for dealing with itinerant ice cream vendors
  • establishing new powers and procedures for the council to suspend vendors’ licences on the grounds of dangerous, abusive or violent behaviour.

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