HL Deb 25 October 1968 vol 296 cc1601-2

10.50 a.m.

Message from the Commons: That they have made certain Orders relating to the Foremen and Staff Mutual Benefit Society (Application of Rules) etc. (No. 2) Bill, to which they desire the concurrence of this House; namely,

"That the Promoters of the Foremen and Staff Mutual Benefit Society (Application of Rules) etc. (No. 2) Bill 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 before the close of the present Session of their intention to suspend further Proceedings and that all fees due on the Bill up to that date be paid;

That on the third day on which the House sits in the next Session the Bill shall be presented to the House;

That there shall be deposited with the Bill a Declaration signed by the Agents for the Bill, stating that the Bill is the same, in every respect, as the Bill presented to this House, in the present Session;

That the Bill shall be laid upon the Table of the House by one of the Clerks in the Private Bill Office on the next meeting of the House after the day on which the Bill has been presented, and when so laid, shall be read the first and second time (and shall be recorded in the Journal of this House as having been so read) and shall stand referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills;

That any petition presented in the present Session against the Bill shall stand referred to the Committee on the Bill in the next Session;

That no further Fees shall be charged in respect of any Proceedings on the Bill in respect of which Fees have already been incurred during the present Session;

That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House."


My Lords, I beg to move that the Commons Message be now considered.

Moved, That the Commons Message be now considered.—(The Earl of Listowel.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.


My Lords, I beg to move that this House do concur in the Resolutions concerning the Foremen and Staff Mutual Benefit Society (Application of Rules) etc. (No. 2) Bill, communicated in the Commons Message of this day.

Perhaps I should say a few words of explanation to your Lordships in connection with this Bill. The full text of the Message set out in the Order Paper is in italics and so your Lordships will have already received it. The purpose of this Motion is to enable this Bill, which is a Commons Bill now in that House, to continue its progress through Parliament next Session. I am obliged to ask your Lordships to agree to this Motion on the day of Prorogation because the Bill received its Second Reading in another place only late last night, and by that time your Lordships' House had risen. The Message which the House is considering could, therefore, only be brought up this morning. It must receive the concurrence of this House before Prorogation and a Message to that effect must be sent back to another place while that House is still sitting, if the further passage of the Bill through Parliament next Session is to be secured. My Lords, I beg to move.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.

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