Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Private Business 2000

Arrangement of Clauses (Contents)

EXAMINERS OF PETITIONS FOR PRIVATE BILLS


  69. There shall be one or more officers of this House, to be called "THE EXAMINERS OF PETITIONS FOR PRIVATE BILLS," who shall be appointed by Mr Speaker. Appointment of Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
(HL 69)
  
  70. Every petition for a private bill shall stand referred to the Examiners and the Examiner shall report to the House whether Standing Orders 4 (Contents of notice) to 59 (Cross sections of roads, etc.), so far as applicable, have or have not been complied with; and, when they have not been complied with, he shall also report to the House the facts upon which his decision is founded, and any special circumstances connected with the case. Examination of petitions for bills.
(HL 72)
  
  71. The examination of the petitions for private bills which have been presented on or before 27th November shall commence on 18th December or, if that day is a Saturday or a Sunday, on the first Monday following that day. Date of commencement of examination of petitions for bills.
(HL 70)
  
  72. The Examiner shall give not less than seven clear days' notice in the Private Bill Office of the day appointed for the examination of each petition for a bill; and if the promoters do not appear at the time when a petition comes on to be heard, he shall strike it off the General List of Petitions and shall not re-insert it except by order of the House. Notice of examination of petitions for bills.
(HL 71)
  
  73.—(1) A petition for additional provision in a private bill shall stand referred to the Examiners and the Examiner shall report to the House whether the standing orders have or have not been complied with and, when they have not been complied with, he shall also report the facts upon which his decision is founded and any special circumstances connected with the case. Examination of petitions for additional provision.
(HL 73)
  
  (2) The Examiner shall give not less than two clear days' notice in the Private Bill Office of the day on which the petition will be examined.
  
  74.—(1) Bills brought from the House of Lords and bills presented by leave of this House in lieu of other bills which have been withdrawn after they have been read the first time shall be referred to the Examiners, and the Examiner shall report to the House whether such standing orders as have not been previously inquired into have or have not been complied with, and, when they have not been complied with, he shall also report the facts upon which his decision is founded and any special circumstances connected with the case. Examination of bills brought from House of Lords, etc.
(HL 74)
  
  (2) The Examiner shall give not less than two clear days' notice in the Private Bill Office of the day on which any such bill will be examined.
  
  74A. The promoters of a private bill shall be entitled to be heard before the Examiner by themselves or their agents. Right of promoters to be heard before Examiner.
  
  75.—(1)  Subject to the provisions of paragraph (2) of this order any parties shall be entitled to appear and to be heard by themselves or their agents, upon a memorial addressed to the Examiners and signed by those parties or their agents complaining of a non-compliance with the standing orders, if the matter complained of is specifically stated in the memorial, and the party (if any) who may be specially affected by the non-compliance with the standing orders or his agent has signed the memorial and has not withdrawn his signature: Memorials complaining of non-compliance with standing orders.
(HL 76)
  
  Provided that in reference to petitions for additional provision in private bills, to bills brought from the House of Lords and to bills presented by leave of this House in lieu of other bills which have been withdrawn, the Examiner shall be at liberty to entertain the memorial, although neither the party (if any) who may be specially affected by the non-compliance with the standing orders nor his agent has signed it.
  
  (2)  No party shall be heard by the Examiner unless his memorial has been deposited in the Private Bill Office—
  
      (a)  in the case of a petition for a bill deposited in that office on or before 27th November, on or before 17th December;

      (b)  in the case of a petition for a bill deposited in that office after 27th November, not later than the fourth day before the day appointed for the examination of the petition or, if the House is not sitting on that day, then on or before the next day on which the House sits;

      (c)  in the case of a petition for additional provision in a private bill, a bill referred to the Examiners after second reading, a bill brought from the House of Lords or a bill presented by leave of this House in lieu of another bill which has been withdrawn, before 12 noon on the day preceding the day appointed for the examination of the petition or bill as the case may be.
  
  (3)  With each memorial there shall be deposited two copies thereof for the use of the Examiners.
  
  76.Any proprietor or member of any company, society, association, or partnership who has by himself, or by any person authorised to act for him in that behalf, dissented at any meeting called in pursuance of Standing Orders 62 (Consents of proprietors of statutory companies promoting bills originating in this House) to 67 (Consents of members of companies, etc., not being promoters, in case of certain bills originating in House of Lords), shall be entitled to appear and be heard by himself or his agent, upon a memorial addressed to the Examiners and signed by him or his agent complaining of non-compliance with any of those standing orders. Right of audience before Examiner of proprietors dissenting at meeting under Standing Orders 62 to 67.
(HL77)
  
  76A.  Any memorialist may withdraw his memorial, on a requisition to that effect being deposited in the Private Bill Office, signed by him or his agent; and where any such memorial is deposited by or on behalf of more than one person, any of those persons may withdraw from the memorial by a similar requisition, signed and deposited as aforesaid. Withdrawal of memorials.
(HL79)
  
  77.  The Examiner may admit affidavits in proof of the compliance with the standing orders. Proof by affidavit.
(HL 80)
  
  78.  [Repealed 12th November 1951]
  
  79.  If the Examiner feels doubts as to the due construction of any standing order in its application to a particular case, he shall make a special report of the facts, without deciding whether the order has or has not been complied with. Examiner to make special report in certain cases.
(HL 81)
  
  80. The clerk to the Examiners shall daily prepare and cause to be hung up in the lobby of the House a list of all private bills and petitions for private bills upon which the Examiner is appointed to sit, specifying the hour of meeting, and the room where the Examiner will sit. Daily list of cases before Examiners.




 
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