§ The Chairman of Committees
My Lords, I beg to move the second Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.
24 This Motion relates to seven Private Bills which were introduced in this House last Session and which had not completed their passage through this House. The House agreed to my Motion last Session to carry over consideration of these Bills to the present Session and the appropriate Message was sent to another place to seek its concurrence. Unfortunately, another place failed to concur with this Message before the end of the Session.
The purpose therefore of this Motion is to revive these seven Bills and allow them to continue at the stage which they had reached last Session. If your Lordships agree to this Motion, a Message will be sent to another place seeking its concurrence. I beg to move.
Moved, That the promoters of the Bills which originated in this House in the last Session of Parliament but had not received the Royal Assent shall notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of this House have leave to introduce the said Bills in the present Session and the petitions for the Bills shall be deemed to have been deposited and all Standing Orders applicable thereto shall be deemed to have been complied with.
That every such Bill shall be deposited in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than five o'clock on the 28th November next with a declaration annexed thereto signed by the agent concerned 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 last Session of Parliament.
That the proceedings on such Bills shall in the present Session be pro forma only, in regard to every stage through which the same shall have passed in the last Session of Parliament, and that no new fees be charged to such stages.
That all petitions relating to the Heathrow Express Railway Bill and the Southampton Rapid Transit Bill which were presented in the last Session of Parliament and which stood referred to the Select Committees on those Bills and have not been withdrawn, together with any minutes of evidence, shall stand referred to the Select Committees on those Bills in the present Session of Parliament.
That no petitioners shall be heard before the Select Committees on the Heathrow Express Railway Bill and the Southampton Rapid Transit Bill unless their petition was presented within the time limited within the last Session of Parliament or is deposited pursuant to paragraph (b) of Standing Order 109 relating to Private Business.
That, in relation to the Heathrow Express Railway Bill and the Southampton Rapid Transit Bill, Standing Order 110 relating to Private Business shall have effect as if the words "under Standing Order 109" were omitted. —(The Chairman of Committees.)
On Question, Motion agreed to, and it was ordered that a Message be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.