§ 11.5 a.m.
§ THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (THE EARL OF LISTOWEL)
My Lords, I should like to explain shortly the twofold purpose of the lengthy Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. First, it is to provide for Private Bills introduced this Session, and now before the House, to continue their progress in the next Parliament. Otherwise the Promoters of these Bills, and such Petitioners as there are against them, would be put to the trouble and expense of depositing their Bills and Petitions again after the Dissolution. In the second place, paragraph 7 provides that the Standing Orders relating to the serving of notice on parties affected by a Bill, which have in fact been complied with in this Session in respect of a hybrid Bill now in another place, need not be applied again should the Bill be introduced in the next Parliament. The effect of this provision is to save the time and expense of serving about 200 notices on those affected by the Bill. My Lords, I beg 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 five o'clock on the last sitting day of 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 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;
- (7) That all Standing Orders complied with in respect of any Public Bill presented in the House of Commons during the present Session shall be held to have been complied with in respect of any Bill presented in that House in the next Session provided that the Bill presented in the next Session is the same in every respect as that which was presented in the present Session; and where the Examiner has already reported that the Standing Orders have been complied with in respect of any such Bill, he shall report only whether any further Standing Orders are applicable.—(The Earl of Listowel.)
§ On Question. Motion agreed to.