§ The CHAIRMAN of WAYS and MEANS (Mr. Whitley)
I beg to move, in Standing Order 204 (as amended), after the word "Certificate" ["any Provisional Order or Provisional Certificate"], to insert the words "except in the case of Private Bills which have been brought from the Lords and have been referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, in which case such Bill shall not be read a second time later than Seven clear days after the Report of the Examiner, or of the Select Committee on Standing Orders, as the case may be."
The House will remember that just before we parted for the Recess we made an Amendment to the Standing Orders relating to Private Bills, the object of which was to expedite the earlier stages of those Bills when they originate in this House, so that the Private Bill work may be got through earlier in the year than has hitherto been the case. Since that Amendment was made a doubt has been expressed whether it did not also affect the Bills which originate in the other House. I do not think that is the result but I have thought it desirable that there should not be any doubt whatsoever about it and for that reason I put down these explanatory words on the Paper.
§ Question put, and agreed to.