Members of the Lords, including a former secretary of state for transport and the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for transport, discussed the key principles and purpose of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Bill during second reading, on Monday 9 September.
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department for Transport, opened the debate on the bill and responded on behalf of the government.
Following second reading, members considered a 'carry-over motion', proposed by Baroness Vere of Norbiton, which would allow the Lords consideration of the bill to continue after a dissolution or suspension of Parliament. The motion was agreed without further debate.
Committee stage, the first chance for detailed line-by-line scrutiny, is yet to be scheduled.
High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Bill summary
This bill aims to allow construction of the second phase of a new national high speed rail network, HS2. This phase involves building a new railway line between the West Midlands and Crewe.