High Speed Rail (London — West Midlands) Bill — Second Reading — 28 Apr 2014 at 22:49
The majority of MPs voted for a High Speed Rail link between London and the West Midlands.
MPs were considering the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill and the motion approved in this vote was:
- That the Bill be now read a Second time.
The approval of the motion signified support for the general principles of the Bill and enabled it to continue on its path to becoming law.
A parliamentary briefing paper prior to the second reading debate explained the effect of the Bill:
- The Bill confers the powers required to construct Phase One of the proposed HS2 scheme from London Euston to Birmingham Curzon Street and Handsacre with intermediate stations in West London (Old Oak Common) and at Birmingham Airport. It does not provide for a direct connection to Heathrow Airport. While provision for a rail link to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1) remains in the Bill the Government intends for it to be removed during the Bill’s progress through Parliament.
- This is a Hybrid Bill, which means it has elements of both a public and a private Bill: it gives both Parliamentary approval and planning permission for the scheme. Those directly and specially affected by the construction of the route will be able to petition a specially-convened select committee on the Bill.
-  Parliament's webpage on the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill
-  Briefing Paper on Second Reading of the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||220 (+2 tell)||26 (+1 tell)||0||81.6%|
|Lab||187||10 (+1 tell)||0||76.7%|