Second reading of the Civil Aviation Bill, now have your say

31 January 2012

Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, introduced the second reading of the Civil Aviation Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 30 January.

The Bill passed without a vote and will now be considered by a Public Bill Committee. A Carry-over motion was agreed which allows a Bill that has not received Royal Assent to resume its progress in a new session of Parliament without having to start from the beginning.

Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

Watch and read the second reading debate and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Have your say

The Bill has now been sent to a Public Bill Committee for scrutiny and there is a call for written evidence.

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Government's Civil Aviation Bill? If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.

Guidance for submitting written evidence

Deadline for submissions

The Committee is able to receive written evidence from Monday 30 January, when the Bill passes the Second Reading Stage; and will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Thursday 15 March. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration. The Public Bill Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 21 February.

Summary of the Bill

To make provision about the regulation of operators of dominant airports; to confer functions on the Civil Aviation Authority under competition legislation in relation to services provided at airports; to make provision about aviation security; to make provision about the regulation of provision of flight accommodation; to make further provision about the Civil Aviation Authority’s membership, administration and functions in relation to enforcement, regulatory burdens and the provision of information relating toaviation; and for connected purposes.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation on the Civil Aviation Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

Draft Civil Aviation Bill 

On the 23 November 2011, the Department for Transport published a draft Bill to help implement the Government’s plans for modernising key elements of the regulatory framework for civil aviation in the United Kingdom.

On 19 January 2012 the House of Commons Transport Select Committee published a report on the Draft Civil Aviation Bill.

Second reading

Second reading is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of the Bill. It usually takes place no sooner than two weekends after first reading.

What happens at second reading?

The Government minister, spokesperson or MP responsible for the Bill opens the second reading debate. The official Opposition spokesperson responds with their views on the Bill.

The debate continues with other Opposition parties and backbench MPs giving their opinions. At the end of the debate, the Commons decides whether the Bill should be given its second reading by voting, meaning it can proceed to the next stage.

What happens after second reading?

The Bill proceeds to committee stage and will be considered in a Public Bill Committee. Each clause (part) and any amendments (proposals for change) to the Bill may be debated.

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