Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Private Business 2001

Arrangement of Clauses (Contents)

CHAIRMAN OF WAYS AND MEANS AND COUNSEL TO THE SPEAKER

  
  81.  The Chairman of Ways and Means shall, on or before 8th January in each year, seek a conference with the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords or with his Counsel for the purpose of determining in which House of Parliament the respective private bills should be first considered, and such determination shall be reported to the House: Division of bills between this House and House of Lords. (HL 90)
  
  Provided that if the Chairman of Ways and Means is unable to act or the office of Chairman of Ways and Means is vacant, the Counsel to the Speaker shall act in his stead for the purposes of this order.
  
  82.  The Chairman of Ways and Means, with the assistance of the Counsel to the Speaker, shall examine all private bills, whether opposed or unopposed, and call the attention of the House, and also of the chairman of the committee of every opposed private bill, to all points which may appear to him to require it; and copies of all private bills shall be laid by the agent before the said Chairman and Counsel not later than the day after the Examiner has examined the petition for the bill. Examination of bills by Chairman of Ways and Means.
(HL 91)
  
  83.  [Repealed 12th November 1951]
  
  84.  One clear day before the day appointed for the consideration of any private bill by a committee there shall be laid before the Chairman of Ways and Means and the Counsel to the Speaker, by the agent for the bill, copies of the bill as proposed to be submitted to the committee, signed by the agent, together with copies of any estimates deposited in accordance with Standing Order 45 (Deposit and form of estimates): Copies of filled-up bill to be laid before Chairman of Ways and Means, etc. (HL 123)
  
  Provided that, in the case of an opposed or recommitted bill, such copies as aforesaid shall be so laid not less than two clear days before the day so appointed.
  
  85.—(1)  The Chairman of Ways and Means shall be at liberty, at any time, to report to the House any special circumstances relative to any private bill which may appear to him to require it, or to inform the House that, in his opinion, any unopposed private bill should be treated as an opposed private bill. Power of Chairman of Ways and Means to report special circumstances, etc., to House. (HL 91, 92)
  
  (2)  Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (1) of this standing order, where in the case of a private bill which has been read a first time no report from a minister of the Crown has been presented to the House under Standing Order 169A, the Chairman of Ways and Means may, if he thinks fit, direct the attention of the House to that fact.[4]
  
  86.  Not less than three clear days before the consideration of any private bill ordered to lie upon the table, a copy of the bill, as amended in committee, shall be laid by the agent before the Chairman of Ways and Means and the Counsel to the Speaker. Copy of bill as amended in committee to be laid before Chairman of Ways and Means, etc.
  
  87.  Where the promoters intend to offer any clause, or to propose any amendment, on the consideration of any private bill ordered to lie upon the table, or any verbal amendment on the third reading of any private bill, the same shall be submitted by the agent to the Chairman of Ways and Means and the Counsel to the Speaker on the day on which notice is given thereof in the Private Bill Office. Submission to Chairman of Ways and Means, etc., of amendments proposed by promoters. (HL 148)
  
  88.  A copy of all amendments made in the House of Lords to any private bill originating in this House, and of all amendments to such amendments intended to be proposed by the promoters in this House, shall be laid by the agent before the Chairman of Ways and Means and the Counsel to the Speaker before 2 p.m. on the day before that on which it is proposed to consider the Lords amendments. Copy of Lords amendments, etc., to be laid before Chairman of Ways and Means, etc. (HL 150)



4   Subsection (2) is inserted with effect from 27th November 2001. Back


 
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