The House of Lords HS2 bill select committee will be publishing their report on Thursday, with their website saying that
The Committee will meet at 10am in public in Committee Room 4. The Chairman will announce the publication of the report and make a few, brief concluding remarks. The Committee will adjourn very shortly thereafter and the report will be made available on the Committee’s website.
The report’s publication is one of the last steps in the Parliamentary process for the Phase 1 Bill, with the third reading debate due in early January, and after that Royal Assent.
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Although the ‘Salisbury Convention’ says the Lords does not vote down legislation from the Government’s manifesto, members of the House of Lords are getting less compliant, as can be seen with the legislation about tax credits in October 2015. But even with the convention, they can submit amendments, and at the very least it is a chance to set down on record in Hansard about the problems with HS2.
If you are on Phase 2, what happens with Phase 1 really matters to you.
Firstly, what happens on Phase 1 will set a precedent for Phase 2, and other infrastructure projects.
More importantly, if Phase 1 is cancelled, for whatever reason, Phase 2 will not go ahead.
We will be letting you know what you can do to help later on (we need to see the report first!), so please make sure you are on our mailing list.
PS You will be able to view the meeting on Parliament TV.