7.206 Hybrid bills are public bills which are
considered to affect specific private or local interests, in a
manner different from the private or local interests of other
persons or bodies of the same class, thus attracting the provisions
of the Standing Orders applicable to private business (see paragraph
REFERENCE OF BILLS TO EXAMINERS
7.207 Each bill introduced in the Lords is examined
by the Public Bill Office to see whether it may affect any private
interests to which protection is given by the Standing Orders.
If, prima facie, this is found to be so, an order is made
referring the bill to the Examiners, and the second reading of
the bill cannot be moved until the report of the Examiners has
been received, although notice of second reading of the bill may
be entered in the order paper. In the case of a Commons bill,
an order is made for it to be referred to the Examiners if it
was so referred by that House.
7.208 It is open to any member who considers
that a public bill may be hybrid, or has become hybrid as a result
of any amendment made to it (see below), to move that the bill
be referred to the Examiners. Such a motion is usually moved immediately
before second reading, but may be moved with notice between stages
at any time before third reading.
REPORT FROM EXAMINERS
7.209 If the Examiners report that no standing
orders are applicable, the bill may proceed on its ordinary course.
7.210 However, if the Examiners find that the
standing orders relating to private business are applicable, the
bill is a hybrid bill, and (unless the House orders otherwise)
an order of the House is made providing for petitions against
the bill to be deposited by a given date.
7.211 If no petitions are deposited against the
bill, the bill proceeds as a public bill in the usual way. If
petitions are deposited, the bill is committed after second reading
to a select committee.
7.212 Since the bill is a public bill, and has
been affirmed in principle on second reading, the preamble does
not have to be proved before the select committee; but in other
respects the committee broadly follows the procedure of a select
committee on an opposed private bill (see paragraph 8.38). When
the bill is reported from the select committee it is recommitted
to a Committee of the whole House and thereafter follows the usual
course of a public bill. The bill is reprinted as amended by the
select committee and the amendments are also printed separately.
7.213 A bill may become prima facie hybrid
as a result of an amendment made to it (and a hybrid bill may
be amended in such a way as to affect private or local interests
not previously affected). If an amendment is agreed to which,
in the opinion of the Public Bill Office, has such an effect,
the bill may be referred to the Examiners before its next stage,
on a motion moved by the Chairman of Committees.
Provisional Order Confirmation
7.214 For Provisional Order Confirmation Bills,
see paragraph 8.70.
309 Procedure 3rd Rpt 1992-93. Back
See appendix H, page 223. Back
LJ (1701-05) 185. Back
LJ (1972-73) 383. Back
Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills 4th Rpt 1987-88. Back
SO 52. Back
Report of the Select Committee on the Speakership of the House
of Lords, HL Paper 92 2005-06. Back
Procedure 2nd Rpt 1991-92. Back
Procedure 4th Rpt 1999-2000. These bills were formerly known as
"tax simplification bills". Back
Procedure 1st Rpt 2005-06. Back
Private Business SO 84. Back