On 13 December 2022, the House of Commons agreed a motion to appoint Members to the High Speed Rail (Crewe - Manchester) Bill Select Committee.
Seven Members were appointed to the Committee, with four being chosen from the Government and three from opposition parties, in line with the motions approved by the House on 20 June 2022. Committee members are appointed by the House and, unless discharged, remain on the Committee until either the next dissolution of Parliament or when the Committee has reported the Bill to the House.
The Members appointed are:
- Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly
- Antony Higginbotham, Conservative MP for Burnley
- Grahame Morris, Labour MP for Easington
- Holly Mumby-Croft, Conservative MP for Scunthorpe
- Gavin Newlands, Scottish National Party MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North
- Andrew Percy, Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole
- Martin Vickers, Conservative MP for Cleethorpes
The Chair of the Committee will be elected at the Committee’s first meeting.
Role of the Committee
Now that membership has been approved, the Committee is able to commence its work considering petitions against the Bill.
The Committee provides individuals and bodies directly and specially affected by the Bill with the opportunity to object to the Bill’s specific provisions and to seek its amendment. The Committee will hear the cases made by the promoter of the Bill (the Secretary of State for Transport) and petitioners against the Bill, to determine whether any amendments should be made to the Bill or any assurances or undertakings given by the promoter before the Bill can proceed.
The Committee is not able to consider the principle or underlying policy of the Bill, nor can the Committee request that the route be changed, or new additional stations or spurs be built.
Hearings with petitioners are expected to start in the New Year.
For further information, or to be added to the mailing list for this Bill, please contact HS2Committee@parliament.uk.
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Official information about the Bill and the procedures relating to it is available on the gov.uk website here.
The High Speed Rail (Crewe - Manchester) Bill received its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 20 June 2022. Second reading is when Members of Parliament discuss the principle and purpose of the Bill and decide whether to allow it to progress to its next stage.
As well as the motion on second reading, the House agreed a number of other related motions: a money resolution; a motion committing the Bill to a Select Committee; two instruction motions, requiring the Committee to act in accordance with the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 and to amend the Bill to remove a specified provision; a carry over motion; and a motion providing for a salary to be paid to the Chair of the Committee.
What happens next?
Following second reading there will now be a petitioning period, during which time individuals, groups and organisations which are directly and specially affected by the Bill are able to submit a petition against the Bill outlining their objections to it and what they wish to be done to reduce or mitigate their concerns. Petitioners are then able to appear before the Select Committee established by one of the motions agreed at second reading to make their case. The Committee will hear from all petitioners with the right to be heard before reporting the Bill, along with any amendments, to the House.
The webpage for the Select Committee on the High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Bill can be found here: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/597/high-speed-rail-crewe-manchester-bill-select-committee-commons/
Petitions against the Bill can be submitted here: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/6779/petitioning-against-the-high-speed-rail-crewe-manchester-bill/