About the Parliamentary Process

About the Parliamentary Process

Before HS2 can be built, Parliament must pass a Hybrid Bill.

The House of Commons HS2 Select Committee have finished examining the HS2 Bill. We have provided indicative, estimated timescales that the Bill may now follow as it continues through Parliament:

c. March 2016: The Bill will be considered by a Public Bill Committee, who will examine the Bill on a clause by clause basis, a process followed with all government bills.

c. end of March 2016: Report and third reading stages of the Bill on the floor of the House of Commons. This will probably take place on the day before the Easter recess. On the same day, the petitioning period in the Lords is likely to be announced.

28 March–8 April 2016: House not sitting due to Easter recess. 

c. April 2016: Second reading of the Bill in the House of Lords and end of Lords petitioning period.

c. May 2016: Likely start date of House of Lords Select Committee. 

c. End of July 2016: Likely end date of House of Lords Select Committee. 

End of 2016: If the Bill progresses through the House of Lords, this is the likely date of Royal Assent. 

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