HC Deb 01 December 1948 vol 458 c1970

"190.—(1) Each day, so soon as the House is ready to proceed to private business the clerk at the table shall read from the private business list the titles of the several Bills set down therein, and if, upon the reading of any such title as aforesaid, no Motion is made with respect to the Bill, further proceeding, thereon shall stand adjourned until the next Sitting of the House.

(2) Any Bills set down in the private business list in pursuance of notices given by the agents therefor shall be arranged in the following order: consideration of Lords amendments, Third Readings, consideration of Bills, ordered to lie upon the table, Second Readings. They shall be followed by the Orders of the Day, if any, relating to private Bills arranged in the same order."

"245.—Standing Order 173 shall apply to the withdrawal of petitions presented and memorials deposited under the orders contained in this chapter."

The House will be aware that one of the functions of the Chairman of Ways and Means is to exercise care and supervision over the Private Business of the House. It is now my duty to move these Amendments to the Standing Orders relating to Private Business. They are all purely formal and for the most part necessitated by the division of the old Committee and Private Bill Office into the Committee Office and the Private Bill Office, respectively. No question of principle is involved in any of these Amendments and I commend them to the House.

Question put, and agreed to.