November 26, 2013

High Speed 2 Hybrid Bill

Hybrid Bills are relatively unique and are used when a project affects the interests of specific individuals and organisation.  

The Parliamentary Process

25th November 2013 First Reading The Bill is presented to the House and the Environmental Statement is made available.  Public consultation on the Statement commences.
24th January 2014 Consultation on the Environmental Statement closes  
TBC An Independent Assessor presents the responses of the Environmental Statement.  
TBC Second Reading MPs have the opportunity to debate the Bill and a vote takes place.  If the Bill passes its Second Reading, the principle of the Bill is agreed.
TBC Select Committee established The Select Committee will hear evidence and petitions in relation to the Bill.
TBC Petitioning Directly affected parties can petition the Hybrid Bill Committee.  The Petition cannot be about anything other than seeking mitigation/slight route alignments.
TBC Public Bill Committee A cross-party panel of MPs reviews and examines the Bill.  Further changes can be made at this stage.
TBC Report and Third Reading  
TBC House of Lords approval  
TBC Returns to the Commons The Commons will consider any amendments made by the Lords
TBC Royal Assent  

The consultation on the Environmental Statement is now running.  This consultation closes on 24th January 2014 and the response form is available here.


Map books and explanatory notes are available here.


A background paper compiled by the House of Commons Library about Hybrid Bills is available here.