Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Private Business 2001

Arrangement of Clauses (Contents)


      NOTE:—The references in brackets in the marginal notes are to the corresponding standing orders of the House of Lords.




  1.  In these orders, unless the context otherwise requires— Definitions.
(HL 1)
  the term "community" means a community for the purposes of the Local Government Act 1972;
  the term "deposited" with reference to a plan, section, book of reference or ordnance map means deposited in accordance with Standing Order 27 (Deposit of plan, book of reference and section, etc.);
  the term "district" in relation to England means metropolitan district or non-metropolitan district;
  the term "the Examiners" means the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills appointed under Standing Order 69 (Appointment of Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills), and the term "the Examiner" means that one of the Examiners who deals with any particular petition, bill or other matter;
  the term "functions" includes powers and duties;
  the term "lessee" includes a reputed lessee and a person holding an agreement for a lease;
  the term "local authority" means any of the following:—
      In England,
        (a)  the council of a county,
        (b)  the council of a district,
        (c)  the council of a parish or group of parishes or the parish meeting of a parish which has no separate parish council,
        (d)  the council of a London borough;
        (e)  the Greater London Authority;
      In Scotland, a council for a local government area;
      In Wales,
        (a)  the council of a county,
        (b)  the council of a county borough,
        (c)  the council of a community or group of communities or the community meeting of a community which has
no separate council;
  the term "London," except where the context otherwise requires, means Greater London;
  the term "London borough" includes the City of London, and the term "council of a London borough" includes the Common Council of the City of London;
  the term "mechanical power" includes every motive power not being animal power;
  the term "minister of the Crown" means the holder of an office in Her Majesty's government in the United Kingdom and includes the Treasury;[1]
  the term "occupier" applies only to persons whose interest in the premises occupied is not less than that of a quarterly tenant;
  the term "ordnance map" means a map published, prepared or approved by the Ordnance Survey;
  the term "owner" includes a reputed owner;
  the term "parish" means a parish for the purposes of the Local Government Act 1972;
  the term "pier" includes quay and wharf;
  the term "provisional order" includes pilotage order;
  the term "tramroad" means a tramway laid otherwise than along a street or road and shall for the purpose of these orders be deemed not to be a tramway; and when a bill relates to a tramway laid partly along, and partly not along, a street or road, the provisions of these orders relating to tramways and tramroads respectively shall apply to the parts laid along, and the parts not laid along, a street or road respectively, whatever may be the description of the whole system used in the bill;
  the term "trolley vehicle system" means a system of traction whereby vehicles adapted for use upon roads without rails are moved by electrical power transmitted thereto from some external source;
  the term "water company" means a company appointed to be a water undertaker or a sewerage undertaker under Chapter I of Part II of the Water Act 1989;
  the term "waterway" includes canal and inland navigation.
  Other expressions defined in the Interpretation Act 1978 have the same meanings in these orders as if these orders were an Act of Parliament passed after the commencement of that Act.
  Where the standing orders require anything to be deposited with, or delivered or sent to, the proper officer of a local authority, that requirement shall be satisfied by depositing it with or delivering or sending it to, the chief executive of the authority for transmission (where the chief executive is not the proper officer) to that officer.
  Where by virtue of any Act of Parliament or order in council any functions of any minister have, whether before or after the date of making of these orders, been transferred to some other minister, references in any standing order to the minister from whom the functions have been transferred shall, so far as the standing order relates to the subject matter of the transferred functions have effect as if for such references there were substituted references to the minister to whom the functions have been transferred; and references to any "ministry" shall be construed accordingly. For the purposes of this order "minister" shall include any government department.
  References in any standing order to registered post, a registered letter or to the registration of such letters shall be construed as including a reference to the recorded delivery service, a letter sent by that service and the acceptance by an officer of the Post Office of letters for recorded delivery, respectively.
  For the purposes of Standing Orders 50(1) and 52(4) distances from one of the termini of a railway, tramroad or tramway (as the case may be) may be marked at intervals of two hundred metres.


1   The interpretation of "minister of the Crown", previously in S.O.144, is transferred to S.O.1 with effect from 27th November 2001. Back

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