§ 2.56 p.m.
§ THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (THE EARL OF LISTOWEL) rose to move:
§ (1) That the promoters of every Private Bill which shall have been introduced into or presented to this House in the present Session of Parliament, shall have leave to introduce or present the same in the next Session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so be lodged in the Private Bill Office not later than Noon on the last sitting day of 1053 the present Session; and provided that all fees due by them thereon, up to that period, be paid;
§ (2) That a list of all such Bills, with a statement of the stages at which they shall have arrived, shall be prepared in the Private Bill Office, and printed;
§ (3) That every such Bill shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office not later than Three o'clock on or before the third day on which the House shall sit after the next meeting of Parliament for business other than judicial business, with a declaration annexed thereto, signed by the agent, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill at the last stage of the proceedings thereon in this House in the present Session;
§ (4) That the proceedings on any such Bill shall, in the next Session of Parliament, be pro forma only in regard to every stage through which the same shall have passed in the present Session, and that no new fees be charged in regard to such stages;
§ (5) That the Standing Orders by which the proceedings on Bills are regulated shall not apply to any Private Bill which shall have originated in this House in the present Session, in regard to any of the stages through which the same shall have passed;
§ (6) That every certificate from the Examiners in respect of a Petition for Additional Provision in any Private Bill originating in the House of Commons, upon which the proceedings shall have been suspended in that House in the present Session, shall be deemed to have been given in respect of such petition in the next Session of Parliament;
§ (7) That no petitioners shall be heard before the Committee on any Bill in the next Session unless their petition shall have been presented within the time limited in the present Session;
§ (8) That any petition presented in respect of any Special Order which has been referred to a Select Committee in the present Session shall stand referred to a Select Committee in the next Session.
§ The noble Earl said: My Lords, in moving this rather lengthy Motion I think I should say that its purpose is really very simple. It is to provide for Private Bills introduced into this House in this Session, and now before the House, to continue their progress in the next Parliament. 1054 In this way the Promoters of these Bills, and such Petitioners as there are against them, will not be put to the trouble and expense of depositing their Bills and petitions again after the Dissolution. Paragraph 8 of the Motion makes a similar provision for any Petition which there may be against a Hybrid Special Order; and also extends the time of depositing Petitions against such Orders. The Motion is in accordance with precedent and a similar Motion, I understand, will be moved in another place next week. 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.