HL Deb 07 August 1888 vol 329 cc1822-3

THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (The Duke of BUCKINGHAM and CHANDOS) said, he had to ask their Lordships to make some Amendments in the Standing Orders relating to private legislation. The Orders, as amended, had been printed and circulated, and the Amendments also. The Amendments had for their object to assimilate the classification of Bills in certain cases, and to meet the case of the new schemes which had lately arisen—namely, tram roads as distinct from, and in addition to, tramways. Some of the Amendments were directed to the purpose of simplifying the very lengthy and expensive notice which the promoters of a Bill had to give. There was also a proposal to place Private Bills which came from the other House under the same obligation as Bills which originated in their Lordships' House, of being read a second time within seven days of the first reading. The object of that was to prevent the delay which had frequently arisen in getting Committees to work on different groups of Bills, in consequence of some one Bill in a group not having been pressed to a second reading by its promoters. All the changes which he had placed on the Paper were concurred in by the Speaker and the Officers representing the other House of Parliament. In conclusion, he moved the adoption of the Amendments as printed.

Motion agreed to.

Standing Orders considered and amended, and to be printed as amended. (No. 260.)