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Middle Level Act 2018

Type of Bill:
Private Bill
Parliamentary agents:
BDB Pitmans LLP
Promoted by:
Petitioning period:
House of Commons: 24.1.17 to 5pm on 30.1.17
House of Lords: 1.3.18 to 5pm on 12.3.18

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) | 01.11.2018

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Middle Level Act 2018 c. ii 01.11.2018

Latest news on the Middle Level Act 2018

The Bill received Royal Assent and was enacted on Thursday 1 November 2018.

House of Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments: Consideration took place on Tuesday 16 October. The Commons agreed to the Lords Amendments and so the Bill now awaits Royal Assent.

House of Lords Third Reading: Formal third reading took place on Wednesday 12 September. The Bill passes back to the Commons for consideration of Lords Amendments.

House of Lords Opposed Bill Committee: The Committee sat in the week commencing 25 June, and adjourned on Thursday 28 June pending further consideration. The Committee reconvened on Thursday 12 July. The bill was reported with amendments and undertakings were given by the promoter. The right to be heard of a petitioner to be heard on his petition was disallowed.

House of Lords: The Bill received a formal first reading on 1 March 2018. The petitioning period in the House of Lords ended on Monday 12 March 2018. Seven petitions were submitted. The Bill had a formal second reading on Thursday 22 March. Two petitions were withdrawn prior to the sitting of the Select Committee (otherwise known as the Opposed Bill Committee).

House of Commons Report Stage: Consideration of the Bill as amended in committee took place on Wednesday 28 February. Third Reading was also taken and the bill passed.

House of Commons Opposed Bill Committee: On 15, 16 and 17 January an opposed bill committee sat to hear the case for the Bill by the promoters and petitioners against the Bill. The membership of the committee was Julian Knight (Chair), Tulip Siddiq, Alex Sobel and Giles Watling.

Revival:  The revival motion in the House of Commons was debated and agreed to on 17 October.  The House of Lords agreed to the revival of the Bill on 25 October.  The Bill will shortly go through its First and Second Readings and will be referred to an Opposed Bill Committee. 

Petition information

House of If you are "directly and specially 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 Lords ran from 1 March to 12 March 2018. Further information about petitioning can be found by following the link or you can contact the Private Bill Office.  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 Middle Level Act 2018

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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