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 (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill is to make provision for a railway between a junction with Phase One of High Speed 2, near Fradley Wood in Staffordshire, and a junction with the West Coast Main Line near Crewe in Cheshire; and for connected purposes.

The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Monday 17 July 2017.

Previous Hybrid Bills

High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

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.

Select Committee on the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (House of Commons)

The Select Committee on the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill was nominated by the House of Commons on 29 April 2014:

  • 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.

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