Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Private Business 2001

Arrangement of Clauses (Contents)

COMMITTEES ON BILLS, WHETHER OPPOSED OR UNOPPOSED

  

General provisions


  135.  All questions before committees on private bills shall be decided by a majority of votes, and whenever the votes are equal the chairman shall have a second or a casting vote. Decision of questions in committees on bills.
  
  136.  A committee on a private bill shall not, without express authority from the House, receive evidence other than that which may be adduced by or on behalf of any parties entitled to be heard. Reception of evidence by committees on bills. (HL 124)
  
  136A.—(1) A committee on a private bill promoted by the council of a county shall not hear evidence that a provision in the bill that alters functions of the council of a district in the county is acceptable to that district council unless the evidence comprises proof, as required by paragraph (3) of this order, that the inclusion in the bill of that provision has been approved by that district council in the manner required by paragraph (2) of this order. County council bills conferring powers on district councils: proof of need. (HL 124A)
  
  (2)  Approval for the purposes of paragraph (1) of this order shall be by resolution passed by a majority of the whole number of the members of the council of the district at a meeting thereof held after ten clear days' notice of the meeting, and of the purposes thereof, has been given by advertisement in one or more local newspapers circulating in the district, such notice being given in addition to the ordinary notice required to be given for the convening of a meeting of the council.
  
  (3)  The proof referred to in paragraph (1) of this order shall be a document purporting to be a copy of the resolution referred to in paragraph (2) of this order together with a certificate purporting to be signed by the proper officer of the council to the effect that the copy is a true copy and that the resolution was passed by the majority, and after the notice mentioned in that paragraph.
  
  (4)  A provision that alters functions of a member or an officer of the council of a district shall for the purposes of this order be deemed to alter functions of that council.
  
  (5)  This order shall apply to Greater London as if it were a county, the Greater London Authority were the council of the county and the councils of London boroughs were councils of districts in the county.
  
  137.  At the first sitting of the committee for the consideration of any private bill, copies of the bill, as proposed to be submitted to it, shall be laid before each member of the committee. Copies of filled-up bill to be laid before committee.
  
  138.  The clerk attending a committee on a private bill shall enter on the minutes of the proceedings of the committee the names of the members attending the committee, and, if any division takes place in the committee, the names of members voting in such division, distinguishing on which side of the question they respectively vote. Record of members' attendances and votes.
  
  139.  A committee on a private bill shall not examine into the compliance or non-compliance with Standing Order 4 (Contents of notice) to 68 (Proof of consent of directors, etc., who are named in bill). Committee on bill not to inquire into compliance with certain orders.
(HL 125)
  
  140.  [Repealed 22nd July 1959]
  
  141.  The chairman of a committee on a private bill shall sign, with his name at length, a printed copy of the bill (to be called the committee bill), on which the amendments made in the committee are to be fairly written; and also sign, with the initials of his name, the several clauses added in the committee. Chairman to sign committee bill, etc.
  
  142.—(1)  Unless the parties promoting the bill have informed the committee that it is not their intention to proceed with the bill, the chairman of a committee on a private bill, when reporting the bill to the House, shall report whether the allegations of the bill have been found to be true. Chairman to report on allegations of bill, etc.
  
  (2)  Where any alteration has been made in the preamble of the bill, the chairman shall report such alteration, together with the grounds of making it, and shall report whether the allegations contained in the preamble of the bill, as amended, have been found to be true.
  
  (3)  Where the parties promoting the bill have informed the committee that it is not their intention to proceed with the bill, the chairman shall report to the House accordingly when reporting the bill.
  
  143.  [Repealed 12th November 1951]
  
  144.  All reports upon a private bill, or the objects thereof, made by or under the authority of any minister of the Crown, and presented to the House, shall stand referred to the committee on the bill; and, whenever a recommendation is made in any such report, the committee may, if it thinks fit, hear an officer of the department in charge of the minister making such report in explanation thereof, and shall notice such recommendation in its report, and shall state its reasons for dissenting, should such recommendation not be agreed to. Reports by ministers of the Crown.
(HL 127)
  
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  For the purposes of this order a report shall be deemed to have been presented to the House if copies thereof are deposited in the Private Bill Office.
  
  145.  The minutes of the proceedings of a committee on a private bill shall be brought up and laid on the table of the House, with the report of the bill. Minutes of proceedings.



5   The interpretation of "minister of the Crown", previously in lines 12 to 15 of this Standing Order, is transferred to S.O.1 with effect from 27th November 2001 (see S.O.1 lines 48-50). Back


 
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