§ 2.35 p.m.
THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (LORD MERTHYR)
My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. In so doing, I think there are only two of the proposed Amendments to which I need draw attention. The first is the proposed alteration to Standing Order 99. That arose in February last on the Second Reading of the South Wales Transport Bill. Those of your Lordships who were here may remember that the noble Lord. Lord Ogmore, suggested that the Second Reading of a Private Bill should be taken always after the period for petitioning against the Bill had expired. Last February the Second Reading was one day before the period expired, and therefore it was not possible to say whether the Bill was opposed or otherwise. It is not possible to make that alteration without amending the Standing Order. Consequently, I now propose that certain words should be omitted from the Standing Order which will have the effect desired.
The second matter I should like to mention arose on Thursday last when I moved the Third Reading of the Humber Bridge Bill. I said then that the House would be asked to-day to leave out the specified measurements of the fences on either side of the bridge and to insert more general words. Your Lordships will see that that is done by this Amendment. So that in future the House will "require the erection of a good and sufficient fence" instead of a fence four feet high. If there are any other points to which any other noble Lord wishes me to refer, I shall be glad to do so.
§ Moved, That the Standing Orders relative to Private Bills, etc., be amended as follows:538
§ After Standing Order 19, page 20, insert as a new Standing Order 19A—
§ ("Notice in case of alteration of Court order
§ On or before the Eleventh day of December in the case of a Bill containing provision the effect of which is to confer power to disregard an order or undertaking then in force made by or given to a court, notice in writing of the proposal shall be given to the person at whose instance the order was made or the undertaking was given or his personal representative unless after reasonable inquiry his identity cannot be ascertained.")
§ Standing Order 27, page 22, line 9, leave out the second ("the")
Standing Order 27, page 22, 1ine 13, at end insert—
("Provided that it shall be sufficient (at the option of the Promoters) to deposit with the Clerk of the county council of each county and with the Town Clerk of each county borough so much only of the said plan, and section and book of reference as relates to the works lands or buildings in the county or county borough (as the case may be).")
§ Standing Order 27, page 22, line 14, after ("Provided") insert ("also")
Standing Order 27, page 22, line 31, at end insert—
("(3) Any such plan, section, book of reference and Ordnance map may, instead of being deposited as aforesaid, be sent by registered post to the office of the Clerk of the County Council or Town Clerk (as the case may be), and if so sent shall be posted on or before the Seventeenth day of November.")
§ Standing Order 27, page 22, line 39, after ("deposited") insert ("or sent by post")
§ Standing Order 36, page 26, line 1, at beginning insert ("(1)")
Standing Order 36, page 26, line 20, at end insert—
("(2) Any such plan, section and book of reference may, instead of being deposited as aforesaid, be sent by registered post to any such officer, and if so sent shall be posted on or before the Seventeenth day of November.
(3) The officer of each local authority with whom a copy of so much of the said plan, or plan and section, and book of reference is so deposited shall permit any person at all reasonable hours of the day to inspect them and to make copies thereof or extracts therefrom.")
§ Standing Order 99, page 52, line 31, leave out ("or later than the seventh,")
§ Standing Order 131, page 53, leave out line 5
§ Standing Order 131, page 59, line 37 at beginning insert ("(1)")
Standing Order 131, page 60, line 2, leave out from("founded:") to end of line 5 and insert—
("(2) Where in any Bill it is proposed to construct a bridge for carrying a public carriage road the Bill shall require the erection of a good and sufficient fence on each side of the bridge.")
§ Standing Order 206, page 82, line 31, leave out ("and another copy") and insert ("in the Office of the Chairman of Ways and means, and")539
§ Standing Order 207, page 83, line 13, after ("Commons") insert ("and in the Office of the Chairman of Ways and Means")
§ Standing Order 207, page 83, line 14, leave out ("another") and insert ("a")
§ Standing Order 210, page 85, line 14, leave out ("and another copy thereof to be deposited" and insert (", in the Office of the Chairman of Ways and Means, and ")
§ Standing Order 210, page 85, line 16, leave out ("another") and insert ("a")
§ Standing Order 210, page 85, line 22, leave out ("another") and insert ("a")
Standing Order 213, page 86, line 3, at end insert—
("Provided that should this House be recalled in pursuance of a sessional order a day on which the House sits pursuant to the recall shall not be a sitting day for the purposes of this Order and the first sitting day shall be deemed to be that day to which the House was originally adjourned.")—(Lord Merthyr.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to: the said Standing Orders amended accordingly.