Hybrid Bills in current and previous sessions

A Bill with characteristics of both a Public Bill and a Private Bill is called a Hybrid bill. Such Bills are examined in Parliament by a combination of both Public Bill and Private Bill procedures.

Hybrid Bills before Parliament

The High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill was confirmed as a Hybrid Bill at the examination hearing on 8 January 2014.

The Bill and related documents including the environmental statement can be found on the Bills before Parliament webpage:

Any Hybrid Bill would follow the procedure outlined in the Research Briefing Paper: Hybrid Bills

In anticipation of HS2 Phase One legislation, Hybrid Bill Standing Order procedure has been changed in two areas:

  • first, to would allow for electronic deposition of documents on HS2 Phase One (in view of the large amount of documentation associated with the Bill)
  • secondly, to provide for appointment of an assessor to report on and summarise comments received on environmental aspects of HS2 Phase One.

Previous Hybrid Bills

Crossrail Bill

An overview of proceedings on the Crossrail Bill is available at:

Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill (House of Commons)

The Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill was nominated by the House of Commons on 5 December 2005. The Committee met from 13 December 2005 until 18 October 2007:

The Committee reported on 18 October 2007 and the First Special Report of the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill, Session 2006-07, HC 235-I, was published on Tuesday 23 October 2007:

Crossrail Bill Committee (House of Commons)

The Crossrail Bill was committed to a Public Bill Committee on 8 November 2007. The Committee met on 22 and 27 November and reported the Bill, as amended, to the House.

Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill (House of Lords)

The Crossrail Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 14 December 2007:

Further information on Hybrid Bills


Further information

House of Commons bill stages
The HS2 (Phase One) Hybrid Bill video

In this short film, Rt Hon Lindsay Hoyle MP introduces The HS2 (Phase one) Hybrid Bill

FAQs on the High Speed 2 hybrid bill

Further information on the High Speed 2 hybrid bill, how to petition on it, and opening times for petitioning.

Guidance leaflet on the HS2 Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons
Petitioning toolkit

Contact information

House of Commons Private Bill Office

House of Commons,
London, SW1A 0AA
phone: 020 7219 3250
fax: 020 7219 3690
email: prbohoc@parliament.uk

House of Lords Private Bill Office

Room 23, 1st Floor,
House of Lords,
London, SW1A 0PW
phone: 020 7219 3231
fax: 020 7219 2571
email: prbohol@parliament.uk