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High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Act 2021

Hybrid Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Sessions 2017-19, 2019-19, 2019-21

Last events

motion to revive Bill
2 March 2020
Motion to revive Bill
25 February 2020
Carry-over motion
9 September 2019

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News - High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe)

The Bill completed Report and Third Reading in the Commons on 15 July 2019. The Bill duly had a formal first reading for introduction in the House of Lords on Tuesday 16 July.

This triggered a petitioning period for the individuals and organisations directly and specially affected by the scheme. Petitioning ran from 17 July to 16 August. A total of 35 petitions were submitted of which 10 have subsequently been withdrawn.

Visit the Select Committee website for the latest news and sight of the published petitions.

Second reading - the general debate on all aspects of the Bill - took place on 9 September 2019.

The Bill was carried over into the new session. This meant the Bill could continue its progress through Parliament from the start of the session.

Following the 2019 General Election, both Houses passed “revival motions” allowing the Bill to continue its progress. In accordance with these motions the Bill was reintroduced in the House of Commons on 3 March 2020, whereupon it was deemed to have passed through all the stages through which it had passed previously. Prior to the Bill’s reintroduction, Minister Andrew Stephenson made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the Human Rights Act 1998: “In my view the provisions of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill are compatible with the Convention rights".

5/3/20: Select committee appointed: Lord Brabazon of Tara; Lord Goddard of Stockport; Lord Haselhurst; Lord Hope of Craighead (Chair); Lord Horam; Lord Liddle; Lord Snape.

11/3//20: The committee went on a site visit.

16/3/20: The Standing Orders (Private Business) Committee agreed to the submission of a late petition by Theo Clarke MP.

16/3/20: The committee sat for the Promoter's opening statement and on 17/3/20 for the teach-in sessions before adjourning due to the Covid- 19 pandemic.

20/7/20: The committee sat again in "virtual" proceedings for the noise presentation and from 21 July considered petitions before adjourning on 28 July for the summer recess.

2/9/20: The committee sat again in "hybrid" proceedings in Committee Room 4 and the following week in 4A further to consider petitions.

23/9/20: The committee concluded its petition hearings.

19/10/20: A report has been agreed and marks the conclusion of the select committee's work. The report can be found here

The bill will now continue its parliamentary stages: committee, report, third reading and Commons consideration of Lords amendments.

Line by line examination of the Bill took place during the final day of committee stage on 12 November. Amendments discussed covered new clause 59.

Report Stage took place in the Lords on 30 November and 8 December, with Third Reading taking place on 14 December.

Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments takes place on Tuesday 19 January 2021.

Royal Assent took place on 11 February 2021 and the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Act 2021 can be found here

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