Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Private Business 2000

Arrangement of Clauses (Contents)


PRACTICE OF THE HOUSE WITH REGARD TO PRIVATE BILLS


  163.—(1)  Where, in respect of a petition for a private bill, the Examiner has reported that the standing orders have been complied with the bill shall be presented to the House on 21st January or, if the House is not sitting on that day, on the first sitting day thereafter, or, if the report from the Examiner is laid on the table of the House on or after 21st January, on the first sitting day after the report was so laid. Presentation of bills.
  
  (2) Where, in respect of a petition for a private bill, the Examiner has reported that the standing orders have not been complied with, and the House, on consideration of a report from the Standing Orders Committee that the standing orders ought to be dispensed with, gives leave to the parties to proceed with the bill, the bill shall be presented to the House not later than the following day, or, if such leave was given before 21st January, on that day, or, if the House is not sitting on that day, on the first sitting day thereafter.
  
  (3) Where, in respect of a petition for a private bill, the Examiner has made a special report, then—
  
      (a) if the Standing Orders Committee determines that the standing orders have not been complied with and the House, upon consideration of a report from that committee that the standing orders ought to be dispensed with, gives leave to the parties to proceed with the bill, the bill shall be presented to the House within the time limited by paragraph (2) of this order;

      (b) if the Standing Orders Committee reports that the standing orders have been complied with, the bill shall be presented to the House not later that the following day or, if the report was made before 21st January, on that day, or, if the House is not sitting on that day, on the first sitting day thereafter.
  
  (4) A private bill shall be presented to the House by being deposited in the Private Bill Office and shall be laid by one of the clerks of that office on the table of the House on the next sitting day.
  
  (5) In this order the expression "sitting day" means a day on which the House sits.
  
  164.For presentation to the House a private bill shall be printed on paper of a size to be determined by Mr Speaker, and shall be enclosed in a cover of parchment upon which the title of the bill is written; and the short title of the bill, as first entered on the Votes, shall correspond with that at the head of the advertisement. This copy of the bill shall be called the House copy. House copy of bill.
  
  164A.In the case of any bill to which, in the event of its originating in this House, Standing Order 64 (Consents of members of companies, etc., not being promoters, in case of certain bills originating in this House) will apply, the name of any company, society, association or partnership not being promoters of the bill, upon which powers are proposed to be conferred, or whose constitution is proposed to be altered by the bill, shall be expressed in the title of the bill. Matters to be expressed in titles of certain bills.
  
  165.[Repealed 12th November 1951]
  
  166.—(1)  A private bill shall, when laid on the table of the House, be deemed to have been read the first time on the day on which it is so laid, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having been so read, and shall be ordered to be read a second time. First reading.
  
  (2)  A private bill brought from the House of Lords shall be deemed to have been read the first time on the day on which it is received and shall be recorded in the Journal of this House as having been so read.
  
  166A.—(1)  A petition for additional provision in a private bill shall have annexed thereto a printed copy of the provisions proposed to be added. Petitions for additional provision.
  
  (2)  No such petition shall be received unless it has been endorsed by the Chairman of Ways and Means.
  
  (3)  No such petition shall be received in the case of a bill brought from the House of Lords.
  
  167.All petitions praying that any of the standing orders of the House relating to private bills may be dispensed with, and all petitions for the re-insertion of petitions for private bills in the General List of such petitions, and all petitions opposing the same, shall be presented to the House by being deposited in the Private Bill Office. Presentation of petitions for dispensing with standing orders, etc.
  
  168.Subject to the provisions of Standing Order 156A (Modification of practice as to charges on public revenue) all charges in any way affecting the public revenue, which occur in the clauses of any private bill, shall be printed in italics in the bill when presented to the House. Charges affecting public revenue to be printed in italics.
  
  169.Every private bill which involves, or in respect of which there has been promised, a grant from any government department shall, on presentation to the House, have bound with it a printed statement in the form of a financial memorandum describing the grant and the amount thereof: Attachment of financial memoranda to certain bills.
  
  Provided that, for the purposes of this order, a provision of a bill shall not be deemed to involve a grant from any government department by reason only that it contains any such provision as is mentioned in Standing Order 156A (Modification of practice as to charges on public revenue).
  
  170.There shall be not less than four clear days between the first and second reading of any private bill. Interval between first and second reading.
(HL 99)
  
  171.Every petition in favour of or against any private bill, or otherwise relating thereto, shall be presented to the House by being deposited in the Private Bill Office, and there shall be endorsed thereon the short title by which the bill is entered in the Votes, and a statement that the petition is in favour of or against the bill, or otherwise as the case may be, together with the name of the member, party or agent depositing the same. Presentation of petitions relating to private bills.
  
  171A.—(1)  Every petition against a private bill originating in this House to which paragraph (1) of Standing Order 163 (Presentation of bills) applies, and which is not a bill the examination of the petition for which has been adjourned until after 20th January, shall be presented on or before 30th January; and every petition against any other private bill shall be presented not later than the tenth day after the first reading of the bill or, if the House is not sitting on that day, on or before the next day on which the House sits. Petitions against private bills.
  
  (2)  This order shall not apply—
  
      (a)  to any petition presented against a bill after it has been reported from a committee; or

      (b)  to any petition against a personal bill; or

      (c)  to any petition in which the petitioners complain of any amendment as proposed in a filled-up bill, or of any proposed additional provision or of any matter which has arisen during the progress of a bill before a committee.
  
  172.  A copy of any petition deposited in the Private Bill Office praying to be heard against, or otherwise relating to, a private bill shall, on application and payment by any party interested, be supplied to him by the agent concerned for the petition not later than the day following that on which the application and payment is received. Supply of copies of petitions.
(HL 102)
  
  173.  Any petitioner may withdraw his petition, on a requisition to that effect being deposited in the Private Bill Office, signed by him or his agent, and where any such petition is deposited by or on behalf of more than one person, any of those persons may withdraw from the petition by a similar requisition, signed and deposited as aforesaid. Withdrawal of petitions.
(HL 79, 103)
  
  174.—(1)  On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the time for private business shall end not later than 2.45 pm and business entered upon and not disposed of at that hour shall be deferred to such time as the Chairman of Ways and Means may appoint. Business not reached shall stand over to the next sitting, or in the case of opposed business until the next sitting other than a Friday. Time and manner of taking private business.
  
  (2)  During the time of private business opposed business shall not be proceeded with but shall be deferred to such time, other than a Friday, as the Chairman of Ways and Means may appoint.
  
  (3)  Opposed business shall include any proceedings on a private bill or a confirming bill which have been deferred under paragraph (2) of this order, so long as a notice of an amendment stands upon the order paper in the form of a notice of motion (other than a notice of motion in the name of the Chairman of Ways and Means) on second reading, consideration or third reading for such bill:
  
  Provided that no such notice of motion shall stand on the paper for more than seven days unless renewed.
  
  (4)  No opposed business shall be taken on a Friday.
  
  (5)  Business deferred under paragraphs (1) and (2) of this order shall be considered at the time of private business on the day appointed unless the Chairman of Ways and Means directs that such business shall be set down for 7 pm on any specified Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, and business so set down (including any motion contingent directly or otherwise upon any item of such business) shall be taken in such order as the Chairman of Ways and Means may determine:
  
  Provided that business so set down shall be distributed as nearly as may be proportionately between the sittings on which government business has precedence and other sittings.
  
  (6)  On any day specified under paragraph (5) of this order at 7 pm or as soon thereafter as any motion for the adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 20 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) has been disposed of, the business set down by direction of the Chairman of Ways and Means shall be entered upon and may be proceeded with subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 9 (Sittings of the House).
  
  175.Where it is sought by a proposed instruction to authorise or require a committee on a private bill to make an amendment in the bill, Mr Speaker, if he is of the opinion that the amendment is such that it could not have been inserted except upon petition for additional provision, shall decline to propose the question on the instruction to the House. Instructions to committees on bills.
(HL 93.)
  
  176.[Repealed 12th November 1951]
  
  177.There shall be an interval of not less than six clear days between the committal of an opposed private bill and the sitting of the committee thereon, except that, in the case of an opposed personal bill, the interval shall be not less than three clear days. Interval between committal of bill and sitting of committee.
  
  178.Every private bill reported from a committee, if amended in the committee, shall be ordered to lie upon the table; but, if not amended in committee, it shall be ordered to be read the third time: Procedure on report of bill from committee.
  
  Provided that if the committee reports that the allegations of the bill have not been proved to its satisfaction or that the parties promoting the bill have informed the committee that it is not their intention to proceed therewith, the bill shall be ordered to lie upon the table.
  
  179.Every private bill, as amended in committee, shall be printed at the expense of the promoters and copies thereof delivered to the Vote Office for the use of members of the House, not less than three clear days before the consideration of such bill; and, in the case of a bill originating in this House, a copy thereof as so amended, printed and covered in like manner as the House copy deposited under Standing Order 163 (Presentation of Bills), shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office, and shall become the House copy in lieu of the copy deposited under the said standing order. Printing of bill as amended in committee.
(HL 128)
  
  180.Not less than three clear days before the consideration of a private bill ordered to lie upon the table, a copy of the bill as amended in committee shall be deposited at every department or office at which it was deposited under Standing Order 39 (Deposit of copies of bills at Treasury and other public departments, etc.) or Standing Order 232 (Deposit of copies of substituted bill at public departments, etc.) or would be required to be deposited under those orders if it has been originally introduced as amended in committee. Deposit of copies of bill at public departments, etc., before consideration.
(HL 147)
  
  181.In the case of a private bill ordered to lie upon the table, there shall be an interval of not less than three clear days between the report and the consideration of the bill, and, where any bill does not contain the several provisions required by the standing orders or contains any provisions which contravene standing orders, the Chairman of Ways and Means shall, before the consideration of the bill takes place, so inform the House or signify the same in writing to Mr Speaker. Interval between report and consideration of bill, etc.
  
  182.If the Chairman of Ways and Means informs the House or signifies in writing to Mr Speaker that, in his opinion, a clause or amendment intended to be proposed by the promoters on the consideration of a private bill ordered to lie upon the table is such that it ought not to be entertained by the House without referring the same to the Standing Orders Committee, the clause or amendment shall stand referred to that committee, and no further proceeding shall be had in relation thereto until the report of that committee is brought up. Reference to Standing Orders Committee of proposed amendments on consideration.
  
  183.—(1)  Where the promoters intend to offer any clause or to propose any amendment on the consideration of a private bill ordered to lie upon the table, and the Chairman of Ways and Means considers that prints of the clause or amendment should be made available to members, he may give directions for the printing thereof, and, where any clause of the bill is proposed to be amended, the directions may include a requirement that the clause as proposed to be amended shall be printed in extenso with every addition or substitution in distinctive type, and the omissions included in brackets and underlined. Printing of proposed amendments on consideration.
(HL 148)
  
  (2)  The expense of printing any such amendment or clause shall be borne by the promoters of the bill.
  
  184.No amendments, not being merely verbal, shall be made to any private bill on the third reading. Amendments on third reading.
  
  185.Every private bill originating in this House, after it has been read the third time, shall be printed fair at the expense of the parties applying for the same; and a copy thereof, printed and covered in like manner as the House copy, shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office, and shall be the copy of the bill sent to the House of Lords. Printing of bill after third reading.
(HL 149)
  
  186.—(1)  Where amendments to a private bill originating in this House have been made by the House of Lords, and the Chairman of Ways and Means considers that prints thereof should be made available to members, he may give directions for the printing thereof at the expense of the promoters, and, where any clause has been amended, the directions may include a requirement that the clause as amended shall be printed in extenso with every addition or substitution in distinctive type, and the omissions included in brackets and underlined. Printing of Lords amendments.
  
  (2)  When the promoters intend to propose any amendments to the Lords amendments, Standing Order 183 (Printing of proposed amendments on consideration) shall apply as if they were amendments intended to be proposed on the consideration of a bill ordered to lie upon the table.
  
  187.[Repealed 30th July 1952]
  
  188.Except in cases of urgent and pressing necessity, no motion shall be made to dispense with any standing order of the House without due notice thereof. Motions for dispensing with standing orders.
  
  189.[Repealed 12th November 1951]
  
  190.—(1)  Each day, as soon as the House is ready to proceed to private business, the Clerk at the Table shall read from the Private Business List the short titles of the several bills set down therein, and if upon the reading of any such title as aforesaid, no motion is made with respect to that bill the bill shall be set down in the Private Business List for the next day on which the House shall sit. Procedure at time of private business.
  
  (2)  Any bills set down in the Private Business List in pursuance of notices given by the agents therefor shall be arranged in the following order: consideration of Lords amendments, third readings, consideration of bills ordered to lie upon the table, second readings. They shall be followed by the orders of the day, if any, relating to private bills arranged in the same order.
  
  191.  This House will not insist on its privileges with regard to any provision of a private bill brought from the House of Lords, or returned by that House with amendments, on the ground that that provision authorises or affects— Tolls and charges not in the nature of a tax.
  
      (a)  any toll or charge for services performed (not being in the nature of a tax); or

      (b)  any local rate; or

      (c)  any council tax or the non-domestic rate; or

      (d)  the sums payable by way of Revenue Support Grant under the enactments relating to local government in England and Wales or in Scotland.




 
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