Space Industry Bill [HL] Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

1.The Space Industry Bill [HL] was introduced into the House of Lords on 27 June 2017. It received its second reading on 12 July 2017. The committee stage had not been scheduled at the time of writing.

2.The Bill was prefigured by the National Space Policy published in December 2015, in which the Government said that it supported “the growth of a robust and competitive commercial space sector” in the UK.1 Among other things, the Bill aims to: establish a framework for the regulation of spaceflight and associated activities in the UK; protect the safety and security of such activities; deal with issues of liability in this sphere; and require appropriate training for those involved in relevant activities.

3.Many of the provisions in the Draft Spaceflight Bill, published in February 2017, are also in the present Bill, in some cases in an amended form. The Draft Bill was the subject of scrutiny by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.2 The House of Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee (DPRRC) fed into that process.3 The Government issued a response to the Science and Technology Committee’s report,4 and the principal respects in which the Bill differs from the Draft Bill are helpfully set out in a House of Lords Library Note.5 The DPRRC has subsequently reported on the Bill.6


1 HM Government, National Space Policy (2015), p 12: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/484865/NSP_-_Final.pdf [accessed 22 August 2017]

2 House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, The Draft Spaceflight Bill (Fourteenth Report, Session 2016–17, HC 1070)

3 Letter submitted by Baroness Fookes, Chairman, House of Lords Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform, to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, April 2017: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/science-and-technology-committee/the-draft-spaceflight-bill/written/49837.html

4 HM Government, Government Response to the Science and Technology Committee Report: The Draft Spaceflight Bill, Cm 9465, June 2017: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/621179/cm-9465-print.pdf [accessed 22 August 2017]

5 House of Lords Library, Space Industry Bill [HL], Library Note, LLN-2017–0039, 5 July 2017

6 Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [HL] Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] Space Industry Bill [HL] (1st Report, Session 2017–19, HL Paper 10)




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