HC Deb 02 November 1993 vol 231 cc133-4

Ordered, That the Promoters of the Greater Manchester (Light Rapid Transit System) Bill [Lords] shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with the Bill, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that the Agents for the Bill give notice to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office of their intention to suspend further proceedings not later than the day before the close of the present Session and that all Fees due on the Bill up to that date be paid;

Ordered, That, if the Bill is brought from the Lords in the next Session, the Agents for the Bill shall deposit in the Private Bill Office a declaration signed by them, stating that the Bill is the same, in every respect, as the Bill which was brought from the Lords in the present Session;

Ordered, That, as soon as a certificate by one of the Clerks in the Private Bill Office, that such a declaration has been so deposited, has been laid upon the Table of the House, the Bill shall be read the first and second time and committed (and shall be recorded in the Journal of this House as having been so read and committed) and shall be committed to the Chairman of Ways and Means, who shall make such Amendments thereto as have been made by the Committee in the present Session, and shall report the Bill as amended to the House forthwith, and the Bill, so amended, shall be ordered to lie upon the Table.

Ordered, That no further Fees shall be charged in respect of any proceedings on the Bill in respect of which Fees have alrady been incurred during the present Session;

Ordered, That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.—[The Chairman of Ways and Means.]

Mr. Bennett


Madam Speaker

Is the hon. Gentleman objecting to the Greater Manchester Bill?

Mr. Bennett

My objection, Madam Speaker, was to the British Waterways Bill, which I thought was the first question that you put.

Madam Speaker

The hon. Gentleman actually objected to the first motion. The Question that I put was, That Standing Order 205 (Notice of Third Reading) be suspended and the Bill now be read the third time. That is the motion which the hon. Gentleman objected to. The objection must stand for the moment, although I take it that he is also objecting to the Waterways Bill.

Sir Michael Neubert

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. It is obvious that the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish (Mr. Bennett) did not understand the position when he objected to the first motion. Could you not exercise your discretion and allow it to pass on this occasion?

Madam Speaker

Of course I can. I think that is a very common-sense approach. [HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."] I am glad to have the support of the House.