Kew Gardens Bill: Commons second reading

Kew gardens
24 June 2019

MPs debated the second reading of the Kew Gardens (Leases No. 3 ) Bill in the House of  Commons on Monday 24 June 2019.

Second reading

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, David Rutley opened the debate on behalf of the Government. Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Dr David Drew, responded on behalf of the Opposition. 

The Bill passed second reading without a division and now progresses to Committee stage.

The Kew Gardens (Leases No. 3 ) Bill 2017-19

Summary of the Bill

The Bill has passed through its House of Lords stages and will now be considered by the House of Commons.

The Kew Gardens (Leases No. 3 ) Bill changes the Government's powers of management for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

It would allow leases of up to 150 years, instead of the current limit of 31 years. This could enable Kew to generate more income from residential and commercial leases, and enable it to achieve its core objectives which include retaining UNESCO World Heritage Site status

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Kew Gardens 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 second reading.

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