HC Deb 24 June 1935 vol 303 cc779-81

Motion made, and Question proposed, That in the case of any Bill promoted by the London Passenger Transport Board during the present Session in pursuance of or for purposes connected with an agreement made on the 20th day of June, 1935, between the Treasury, the London Passenger Transport Board, the Great Western Railway Company, and the London and North Eastern Railway Company, a copy of the terms whereof was laid before this House on the 18th day of June, 1935, the following provisions shall, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relating to Private Business, have effect, that is to say:—

  1. (1) The Petition for the Bill, with a printed copy of the Bill annexed, shall be deposited in the Committee and Private Bill Office on or before the 27th day of June, 1935;
  2. (2) Notice of the Bill shall be published not later than the 2nd day of July, 1935—
    1. (a) once in each of two successive weeks with an interval between such publications of not less than six clear days in some newspaper or newspapers published in the county of London; and
    2. (b) once in the London Gazette;
  3. (3) All copies of the Bill required by the Standing Orders to be deposited shall be deposited on or before the day on which the Petition for the Bill is deposited in the Committee and Private Bill Office, and all copies of the Bill required to be available for inspection or purchase shall be so available on and after the said day;
  4. (4) The Bill shall, as soon as may be after the deposit of the Petition, be presented for First Reading, and shall, after the First Reading, be referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, who shall give two clear days' notice in the Committee and Private Bill Office of the day appointed for the examination thereof, and the Bill shall not be read a Second time until the Examiners have reported whether the preceding requirements of this Order have been complied with;
  5. (5) If any petition shall have been presented against the Bill within the time appointed by Standing Order 129, and not withdrawn, the Committee to which the Bill is referred shall have leave to consider it forthwith, provided that one clear day's notice of the day and hour appointed for the first meeting of the Committee shall have been given, and that a filled-up Bill shall have been deposited in the Committee and Private Bill Office and laid before the Chairman of Ways and Means and the Counsel to Mr. Speaker one clear day before the meeting of the Committee, and the Committee shall hear and determine any question of locus standi of petitioners;
  6. (6) The Bill, if reported by the Committee with Amendments, shall be ordered to lie upon the Table and may be taken into consideration on the day on which the House shall next sit provided amended prints shall have been previously deposited, and the Third Reading of such Bill may be taken immediately after the consideration of the Bill, as amended;
  7. (7) The Bill, if reported by the Committee without Amendment, shall be 781 ordered to be read the Third time on the day on which the House shall next sit;
  8. (8) All Amendments made by the House of Lords to the Bill shall be taken into consideration forthwith and, if opposed, shall be considered at such time as the Chairman of Ways and Means shall determine.
Where it is intended to propose any Amendment thereto a copy of such Amendment shall be deposited in the Committee and Private Bill Office, and notice given on the day on which the Bill shall have been returned from the House of Lords."—[The Prime Minister.]


I said on Friday that I would take the opportunity of speaking on this matter, but I understand that, if I did so now, it would be impossible for the Motion to go through to-day. Therefore, I will reserve what I have to say to a more convenient opportunity.


If the right hon. Gentleman has any question to raise, it would have to come on at half-past seven.

Question put, and agreed to.