HC Deb 18 November 1969 vol 791 cc1083-4
The Chairman of Ways and Means (Mr. Sydney Irving)

I beg to move:

That notwithstanding anything in Standing Order 231 (Presentation of Petition for bill under section 1(4) of the Procedure Act) the Promoters of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Bill be permitted to present the Petition for their Bill on or before 27th November.

At a late stage the promoters of this Bill discovered that there was a small number of persons resident in Scotland who might have borrowed money from one of the banks and have charged lands there as security. It was too late then for the promoters to apply to the Secretary of State for Scotland under Section 1(4) of the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1936, in the time prescribed for the petition for the Bill to be presented in the normal way.

There is therefore a failure to comply with Standing Order NO. 231. I have seen the parliamentary agent concerned and satisfied myself that the rights of other parties are in no ways prejudiced by my moving of this motion. Nor has the agent's failure in any way affected the proper consideration of the representations which the Act requires.

I therefore commend the Motion to the House.

Question put and agreed to.