Bus Services Bill: Commons stages

28 April 2017

Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords have agreed on the text of the Bus Services Bill. The Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 becoming an Act of Parliament (law).

The Bus Services Bill 2016-2017

Summary of the Bill

The Bus Services Bill  is essentially an enabling Bill, extending the ability of local transport authorities to introduce franchising or a new partnership arrangement called an enhanced partnership. It also makes amendments to the existing Quality Partnership provisions and renames this an Advanced Quality Partnership; aims to make it easier to introduce multi-operator ticketing and improvements to enhance passenger accessibility and information.

Certain parts of this Bill have been certified by the Speaker as relating exclusively to England, so the ‘English votes for English laws’ procedure will apply to it in the House of Commons.

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

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper for Bus Services Bill.

Bus Services Bill: Commons stages

Royal Assent 

The Bus Services Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 becoming an Act of Parliament (law).

Report stage and Third Reading

Both the Report stage and Third Reading of the Bill took place on Monday 27 March.

The Bill passed its Third Reading with Amendments. It then passed to the House of Lords for further scrutiny where the Commons amendments were agreed to.

Committee stage

Committee stage is where detailed examination of the Bill takes place. Most Public Bill Committees are able to take evidence from expert and interest groups outside Parliament.

The Bus Services Bill Public Bill Committee considered the Bill on 14 and 16 March 2017, find out more about the Public Bill Committee:

Second Reading

MPs debated the Second Reading of the Bus Services Bill on Wednesday 1 March 2017. The Bill passed Second Reading without a division.

Related information

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