HL Deb 27 July 1931 vol 81 cc1167-8

Page 92, line 16, leave out ("Omnibuses") and insert ("Public service vehicles") Page 92, line 30, leave out ("Trackless trolley") and insert ("Trolley vehicle").—(The Earl of Onslow.)


My Lords, I should like to say a word or two upon this Motion. I have always regarded it as a matter of the greatest importance that our Standing Orders with regard to all Private Bill legislation should be effective, and I think that our Private Bill legislation and our Private Bill Committees carry out some of the most useful work that we do in this House. Therefore I heartily commend the adoption of these proposed Amendments to the Standing Orders which would draw the attention of the House to cases where it is proposed to authorise the taking or compulsory user of the surface of "any public park or public open space." I understand that is to be the wording of the new Standing Order. We all know what happened lately when it came upon us as a surprise that portions of a certain public open space were going to be taken for the purposes of a railway station. I think that the other matters to which the Lord Chairman has referred are really matters of detail to bring our Standing Orders into line and to put them into the same words as those of similar Standing Orders in the other House. I hope, therefore, that your Lordships will accept the proposal of the Lord Chairman.


My Lords, I should like to say how much obliged I am to the noble Earl for the two Amendments he proposes in paragraphs (d) and (e) of the proposed new Standing Order 4. The noble and learned Lord the Leader of the House has just referred to the subject of encroachment on public spaces. These two Amendments will at least give us notice when anything is proposed to be clone, and as such the Amendments will be valued by all who place importance upon the health and amenities of our great towns.

On Question, Motion agreed to.