[This replaces HL Bill 85]

Space Industry Bill [HL]

Commons Amendments

[The page and line references are to Bill 137, the Bill as first printed for the Commons.]

After Clause 10

1

Insert the following new Clause—

 

“Grant of licences: assessments of environmental effects

 

(1)    

This section applies to—

 

(a)    

a spaceport licence;

 

(b)    

an operator licence authorising launches of spacecraft or carrier

 

aircraft.

 

(2)    

The regulator may not grant an application for a licence to which this

 

section applies unless the applicant has submitted an assessment of

 

environmental effects.

 

(3)    

In this section “assessment of environmental effects”—

 

(a)    

in relation to a spaceport licence, means an assessment of the effects

 

that launches of spacecraft or carrier aircraft from the spaceport in

 

question, or from launches of spacecraft from carrier aircraft

 

launched from the spaceport, are expected to have on the

 

environment;

 

(b)    

in relation to an operator licence authorising launches of spacecraft

 

or carrier aircraft, means an assessment of the effects that those

 

launches are expected to have on the environment.

 

(4)    

If or to the extent that the regulator directs, the requirement imposed by

 

subsection (2) to submit an assessment of environmental effects may be met

 

by submitting—

 

(a)    

an equivalent assessment prepared previously in compliance with

 

a requirement imposed by or under another enactment, or

 

(b)    

an assessment of environmental effects prepared in connection

 

with a previous application.

 

    

The regulator may make a direction under this subsection only if satisfied

 

that there has been no material change of circumstances since the previous

 

assessment was prepared.

 
 


 
 

2

 
 

(5)    

The regulator must take into account the assessment of environmental

 

effects (including any assessment submitted as mentioned in subsection

 

(4)) in deciding—

 

(a)    

whether to grant a licence to which this section applies;

 

(b)    

what conditions should be attached to such a licence under section

 

12.

 

(6)    

The regulator must issue guidance about—

 

(a)    

the form, contents and level of detail of an assessment of

 

environmental effects;

 

(b)    

the time for submitting an assessment of environmental effects;

 

(c)    

the circumstances in which the regulator will or may give a

 

direction under subsection (4).

 

    

Guidance under paragraph (a) may specify matters that are to be dealt with

 

in an assessment of environmental effects only if the regulator so requires

 

in a particular case.”

Clause 34

2

Page 25, line 15, leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

3

Page 25, line 22, after first “or” insert “duty under subsection”

 

4

Page 25, line 26, after “may” insert “or must”

 

5

Page 25, line 29, after “or” insert “duty under subsection”

Clause 71

6

Page 47, line 11, leave out subsection (2)

 



22 February 2018