Third reading of Civil Aviation Bill

23 May 2012

The House of Commons held the third reading of the Civil Aviation Bill on Tuesday 22 May. The Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

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 to aviation; and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

The Civil Aviation Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 19 January 2012 and received second reading on 30 January 2012. The Bill was considered in a Public Bill Committee between 21 February to 13 March 2012. The report stage took place on 25 April 2012.

A carry over motion was agreed on 30 January 2012 and the Bill received its third reading on 22 May 2012 in the 2012-13 session of Parliament.

Watch the proceedings on third reading and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

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.

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

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produce briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The Library published briefing papers for second reading and a report on the committee stage.

Third reading

Third reading is the final chance for the Commons to debate the contents of a Bill. It usually takes place immediately after report stage as the next item of business on the same day.

What happens at third reading?

Debate on the Bill is usually short, and limited to what is actually in the Bill, rather than, as at second reading, what might have been included.

Amendments (proposals for change) cannot be made to a Bill at third reading in the Commons.

At the end of the debate, the House decides (votes on) whether to approve the third reading of the Bill.

What happens after third reading?

If the Bill started in the Commons it goes to the House of Lords for its first reading.

If the Bill started in the Lords it returns to the House of Lords for consideration of any amendments the Commons has made.

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