Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Private Business 2001

Arrangement of Clauses (Contents)

PRACTICE IN THE PRIVATE BILL OFFICE

  
  192.—(1)  Registers shall be kept in the Private Bill Office, in which in respect of every private bill the clerks appointed for the business of that office shall enter the name and place of business of the parliamentary agent soliciting the bill and all the proceedings from the petition to the passing of the bill. Private Bill Office registers.
  
  (2)  The entries as to proceedings shall specify briefly:—
  
      (a)   each day's proceeding before the Examiner or in the House, or in any committee to which the bill may be referred;
      (b)  the day and hour on which the Examiner or the committee is appointed to sit; and
      (c)  the day and hour to which the proceedings before the Examiner or committee are adjourned.
  
  (3)  The registers shall be open to public inspection daily in the said office.
  
  192A.—(1)  Any petition required to be deposited in the Private Bill Office shall be prepared and signed in strict conformity with the rules and orders of the House: Rules for petitions.
  
  Provided that—
  
      (a)  a petition may be prepared otherwise than in writing by hand; and
      (b)  except in the case of a petition for a private bill or a petition for additional provision in a private bill, a petition may be signed on behalf of the petitioner by his agent.
  
  (2)  A petition signed by the petitioner's agent shall, when so deposited, be accompanied by a written authority of the petitioner or petitioners authorising the agent to sign the petition on his or their behalf.
  
  193.  The receipt of every document required by the standing orders of the House to be deposited in the Private Bill Office shall be acknowledged by one of the clerks of the said office by endorsement upon the document when deposited. Acknowledgment of receipt of documents.
  
  194.  A list of all petitions for private bills shall be kept in the Private Bill Office in the order of their deposit, which list shall be called the "General List of Petitions for Private Bills", and each petition therein shall be numbered. General List of Petitions for Bills.
  
  194A.  Every petition for a private bill deposited in the Private Bill Office, together with the printed copy of the proposed bill annexed thereto, shall be open to the inspection of all parties. Inspection of petitions for bills.
  
  195.  [Repealed 12th November 1951.]
  
  196.  The House copy of a private bill shall be in the custody of the clerks of the Private Bill Office. Custody of House copy of bill.
  
  197.  Between the first and second readings of a private bill, the bill shall be examined by the clerks of the Private Bill Office as to its conformity with the rules and standing orders of the House. Examination of bills.
  
  198.—(1)  Not less than three clear days' notice in writing of the day proposed for the second reading of a private bill shall be given to the clerks in the Private Bill Office by the agent for the bill; and no such notice shall be given until the day after that on which the bill has been ordered to be read a second time. Notice of second reading.
  
  (2)  In the case of a bill originating in this House, no such notice shall be given for a day later than the eighth day after that on which the bill has been read the first time:
  
  Provided that when the House has resolved to adjourn to a day beyond such eighth day notice for the second reading may be given for the day to which the House has adjourned or the following day.
  
  199.  Not less than— Notice of committee.
  
      four clear days' notice in the case of an opposed bill,
      one clear days' notice in the case of a recommitted bill, and
      one days' notice in the case of an unopposed bill,
  
of the day and hour appointed for the first sitting of the committee on the bill shall be given to the clerks in the Private Bill Office by the clerk to the Committee of Selection with regard to all opposed bills, and, with regard to all other bills, by the clerk attending the committee to whom the bill is either referred or recommitted; and, where the first sitting of the committee on a bill is deferred, notice thereof shall be given by such clerk as aforesaid on the day on which the sitting is deferred.
  
  199A.  Notice, in writing, shall be given by the clerk attending a committee on a private bill to the clerks in the Private Bill Office of the day and hour to which that committee is adjourned. Notice of adjournment of committees.
  
  200.—(1)  In the case of an opposed bill a filled-up bill as proposed to be submitted to the committee, and, in the case of a recommitted bill, a filled-up bill as proposed to be submitted to the committee on re-committal, signed in each case by the agent for the bill, shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office, not less than two clear days before the sitting of the committee on the bill; and a copy of the proposed amendments shall, not less than one clear day before the sitting of the committee on the bill, be furnished by the promoters to such parties petitioning against the bill as may apply for it. Deposit of filled-up bill.
  
  (2)  In the case of an unopposed bill, a filled-up bill signed by the agent for the bill shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office before the day appointed for the consideration of the bill by the committee.
  
  201.  Not less than one clear day's notice in writing of the day proposed for the consideration of a private bill ordered to lie upon the table shall be given to the clerks in the Private Bill Office by the agent for the bill. Notice of consideration of bill.
  
  202.  After the report of the committee on any bill is made out, the clerk attending the committee shall deliver into the Private Bill Office the committee bill, signed and initialled by the chairman. Delivery of committee bill to Private Bill Office.
  
  203.  The House copy of every private bill printed as amended in committee and deposited under the provisions of Standing Order 179 (Printing of bill as amended in committee) in the Private Bill Office shall be examined with the committee bill by the clerks of that office, and the examining clerks shall endorse thereon a certificate of such examination. Examination of bill printed as amended.
  
  204.  When it is intended by the promoters 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, not less than one clear day's notice thereof shall be given to the clerks in the Private Bill Office. Notice of amendments on consideration of bill, or on third reading.
  
  204A.  When an order of the day has been read for the consideration or further consideration, as amended, of a private bill set down by direction of the Chairman of Ways and Means at 7 pm, the question, That the bill, as amended, be now considered (or be now further considered) shall not be put: but (unless the Chairman of Ways and Means names a future day for the consideration or further consideration of the bill, or a motion is made to recommit the bill in whole or in part), the House— Opposed business (consideration and third reading).
  
  (1)  shall forthwith proceed to consider any amendments proposed on consideration of the bill which have been selected by the Speaker; and
  
  (2)  may, if there are no such amendments or when the amendments have been disposed of, proceed to the third reading of the Bill, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 205 (Notice of third reading).
  
  205.  Subject to the provisions of Standing Order 204A (Opposed business (consideration and third reading)), not less than one clear day's notice, in writing, shall be given by the agent for the bill to the clerks in the Private Bill Office, of the day proposed for the third reading of a private bill; and no such notice shall be given until the day after that on which the bill has been ordered to be read the third time. Notice of third reading.
  
  206.  The amendments (if any) which are made on the consideration of any private bill ordered to lie upon the table, and on the third reading of any private bill, shall be entered by one of the clerks in the Private Bill Office upon the House copy of the bill as amended in committee; which clerk shall sign the said copy so amended, in order to its being deposited and preserved in the said office. Entry of amendments on House copy of bill.
  
  207.  The copy of every private bill after it has been printed fair, deposited in the Private Bill Office under Standing Order 185 (Printing of bill after third reading) shall, before the same is sent to the House of Lords, be examined by the clerks in the said office with the bill as read the third time, and the examining clerks shall endorse thereon a certificate of such examination. Examination of bills before transmission to House of Lords.
  
  208.  Not less than one clear day's notice in writing of the day proposed for taking into consideration the amendments made by the House of Lords to a private bill shall be given to the clerks in the Private Bill Office by the agent for the bill, and if any amendments thereto are intended to be proposed by the promoters, a copy of such amendments shall also be deposited, and notice given thereof, not less than one clear day previous to the day on which the amendments made by the House of Lords are proposed to be taken into consideration; and no such notice shall be given until the day after that on which the bill has been returned from the House of Lords. Notice of consideration of Lords amendments.
  
  208A.  When an order of the day has been read for consideration or further consideration of Lords amendments to a private bill set down by direction of the Chairman of Ways and Means at 7 pm, the question, That the Lords amendments be now considered (or be now further considered) shall not be put: but (unless the Chairman of Ways and Means names a future day for the consideration or further consideration of the Lords amendments) the House shall forthwith proceed to consider the same. Opposed business (Lords amendments).
  
  209.—(1)  All notices required to be given to the clerks in the Private Bill Office and all deposits required to be made in that office shall be delivered or made between 11 am and 5 pm (or, on a Friday, between 9.30 am and 3 pm) on any day on which the House sits, and between 11 am and 1 pm on any day on which the House does not sit; and after any day on which the House has adjourned beyond the following day, no notice shall be given for the first day on which it is next to sit. Time for delivering notices, etc.
(HL 201)
  
  (2)  When the time for delivering notices, or making deposits, expires on a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or any bank holiday, the time shall be extended to the next day following which is not such a day.
  
  210.  The clerks in the Private Bill Office shall daily prepare, and cause to be hung up in the lobby of the House, lists of all private bills upon which a committee is appointed to sit, specifying the hour of meeting and the room where the committee will sit. Daily list of committees sitting.



 
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