Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill 2023-24


To make provision about licences to search and bore for and get offshore petroleum.

What is this Bill?

The Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill is a Government Bill tabled by a Minister of the Crown.

Is this Bill currently before Parliament?

Yes. This Bill was introduced on 08 November 2023 and is currently before Parliament.

Whose idea is this Bill?

Government Bills implement the legislative agenda of the Government. This agenda, and the Bills that will implement it, are outlined in the Queen's Speech at the Session's State Opening of Parliament.

What type of Bill is this?

Government Bills are technically Presentation Bills, but the Government can use its legislative time to ensure the schedule of debates to scrutinise the Bill.

So is this going to become a law?

Though the Bill can be amended from its original form, the Bill will almost certainly be enacted in law before the end of the Session, or will be carried over to the subsequent Session.

How can I find out exactly what this Bill does?

The most straightforward information is contained in the initial Explanatory Notes for the Bill.

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Official Bill Page Initial Explanatory Notes Initial Briefing papers Ministerial Extracts from Debates All Bill Debates

Next Event: There is no future stage currently scheduled for this bill

Last Event: Tuesday 23rd April 2024 - Committee stage (Lords)

Bill Progession through Parliament

Commons Completed
Lords - 80%

Timeline of Bill Documents and Stages

22nd May 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49-R(e) Amendments for Report
22nd May 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49-R Running list of amendments
21st May 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49-R(d) Amendments for Report
17th May 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49-R(c) Amendment for Report
13th May 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49-R(b) Amendment for Report
10th May 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49-R(a) Amendment for Report
23rd April 2024
Committee stage: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
23rd April 2024
Committee stage (Lords)
19th April 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49-I Marshalled list for Grand Committee
18th April 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49(f) Amendments for Grand Committee
17th April 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49(e) Amendment for Grand Committee
16th April 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49(d) Amendment for Grand Committee
11th April 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49(c) Amendment for Grand Committee
5th April 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49(b) Amendments for Grand Committee
27th March 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 49(a) Amendments for Grand Committee
26th March 2024
2nd reading (Lords)
26th March 2024
2nd reading: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
29th February 2024
Briefing papers
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill: HL Bill 49
28th February 2024
Select Committee report
12th Report of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
22nd February 2024
Delegated Powers Memorandum
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill: Delegated Powers Memorandum
21st February 2024
1st reading: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
21st February 2024
1st reading (Lords)
21st February 2024
Explanatory Notes
HL Bill 49 Explanatory Notes
21st February 2024
Bill
HL Bill 49 (as brought from the Commons)
20th February 2024
3rd reading (Commons)
20th February 2024
Committee of the whole House (Commons)
20th February 2024
Amendment Paper
Committee of the whole House Amendments as at 20 February 2024
20th February 2024
Bill proceedings: Commons
Committee of the whole House Proceedings as at 20 February 2024
20th February 2024
Selection of amendments: Commons
Provisional grouping and selection of amendments
19th February 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 19 February 2024
16th February 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 16 February 2024
9th February 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 9 February 2024
1st February 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 1 February 2024
30th January 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 30 January 2024
23rd January 2024
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 23 January 2024
22nd January 2024
2nd reading (Commons)
22nd January 2024
Programme motion
4th January 2024
Briefing papers
Research briefing on Second Reading
8th November 2023
1st reading (Commons)
8th November 2023
Impact Assessments
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill Impact Assessment from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
8th November 2023
Bill
Bill 009 2023-24 (as introduced)
8th November 2023
Bill
Bill 009 2023-24 (as introduced) - xml download
8th November 2023
Explanatory Notes
Bill 009 EN 2023-24
8th November 2023
Delegated Powers Memorandum
Delegated Powers Memorandum from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero