Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Private Business 2001

Arrangement of Clauses (Contents)


  211.  In the eight following orders a bill to confirm with or without amendment any one or more provisional orders is referred to as a confirming bill: but except as provided by Standing Order 228A (Application of certain orders to confirmation bills) nothing in those orders shall apply to provisional orders issued under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, or to bills to confirm such provisional orders, and nothing in those orders shall apply to orders within the meaning of the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act 1945, being orders in relation to which that Act applies, or to bills to confirm such orders. Meaning of "confirming bill". (HL 178)
  212.  Whenever plans, sections, books of reference, or maps are deposited with any public department in relation to— Deposit of duplicate plans, etc., in Private Bill Office.
(HL 179)
      (a)  any provisional order, or
      (b)  any order which becomes provisional at a time after it was made,
being an order by which it is proposed to authorise the compulsory acquisition of land or of rights to use land or the construction or alteration of works, copies of those documents shall also be deposited in the Private Bill Office—
      (i)  in the case of any such order as is mentioned in paragraph (a) of this order, on the same day as the deposit is made with the public department or, if such deposit is made after a prorogation of Parliament and before 20th November in any year, on or before 20th November;
      (ii)  in the case of any such order as is mentioned in paragraph (b) of this order, on or before the date of the presentation to either House of Parliament of a bill for confirming the order.
  213.  Where a provisional order proposed to be confirmed by a confirming bill contains or revives, or extends the time limited for the exercise of, any power to acquire land in such circumstances that, had it been a private bill, Standing Order 47 (Deposit of statement as to houses and persons on land to be acquired) would have applied, that order shall apply as if the expression "bill" included a provisional order. Application of Standing Order 47 to provisional orders.
(HL 180)
  214.—(1)  A confirming bill, after it has been read the first time, shall be referred to the Examiners, and the Examiner shall report to the House whether the two preceding standing orders (if applicable) have or have not been complied with, and, when they have not been complied with, he shall also report the facts on which his decision is founded and any special circumstances connected with the case; and Standing Orders 75 (Memorials complaining of non-compliance with standing orders) and 104 (Reference to Standing Orders Committee of reports from Examiner of non-compliance with standing orders, etc.), shall apply in relation to the examination of confirming bills in like manner as to the examination of petitions for private bills subject to the following modifications:— Examination of confirming bills by Examiners.
(HL 181)
      (a)  Parties shall be entitled to appear and be heard upon a memorial provided that such memorial has been deposited before 12 noon on the day before the day appointed for the examination of a confirming bill together with two copies of the memorial for the use of the Examiners.
      (b)  The Examiner shall be entitled to entertain a memorial against a confirming bill although neither the party (if any) who may be specially affected by non-compliance with standing orders nor his agent has signed it.
  (2)  Where in the House of Lords provisions have been inserted in a confirming bill to which the standing orders of this House would apply if the bill were a private bill, the Examiner shall inquire whether in respect of those provisions the standing orders have been complied with, and report to the House accordingly.
  (3)  Not less than two clear days' notice of the day on which a confirming bill will be examined shall be given in the Private Bill Office by the Examiner, but he shall not give such notice until after the bill has been printed by order of this House.
  215.  Standing Order 90 (Jurisdiction of Court of Referees) shall apply in relation to petitions against confirming bills in like manner as it applies in relation to petitions against private bills, and the proceedings of the Court of Referees shall be conducted in like manner as in the case of private bills, and shall be subject to the same rules and orders of the House so far as they are applicable, and accordingly Standing Orders 91 (Rules of practice and procedure of Court of Referees), 91A (Right of audience before Court of Referees) and 92 (Competition to be a ground of locus standi) to 102 (Locus standi of owners, etc., against tramway bills) shall apply as if a confirming bill were a private bill. Locus standi of petitioners against confirming bills.
  216.  No confirming bill shall be presented to the House after 15th May in any year in the course of a session which has begun in a previous year. Presentation of confirming bills.
(HL 182)
  217.—(1)  Every confirming bill on committal shall stand referred to the Committee of Selection. Proceedings in committees on confirming bills.
(HL 184, 185)
  (2)  Standing Orders 110 (Power of Committee of Selection to form groups of opposed bills) to 122 (Absence of chairman or members of committee on opposed bill), 124 (Order in which bills are to be considered by committee) to 138 (Record of members' attendances and votes), 141 (Chairman to sign committee bill, etc.), 145 (Minutes of proceedings), 199 (Notice of committee) to 200 (Deposit of filled-up bill) and 210 (Daily lists of committees sitting) shall, so far as they are applicable, apply as respects confirming bills as if they were private bills; subject, however, to the following modifications:—
      (a)  In the case of a bill originating in this House every petition against the bill presented on or before the seventh day after notice is given of the day on which the bill will be examined or, if the House is not sitting on that day, on or before the next day on which the House sits, shall stand referred to the committee on the bill.
      (b)  Where some one or more only of the orders to be confirmed by the bill are opposed, the Committee of Selection may, if it thinks fit, refer the bill to a committee constituted as provided in paragraph (2) of Standing Order 111 (Reference to committees of opposed and unopposed bills) who shall divide the bill into two bills, the one to confirm the opposed orders and the other to confirm the unopposed orders, and shall refer the former back to the Committee of Selection.
  (3)  The committee on a confirming bill shall report in respect of each order to be confirmed by the bill whether the same ought to be confirmed.
  218.  Confirming bills shall be set down for consideration in a separate list after private business arranged as prescribed for private bills in Standing Order 190 (Procedure at time of private business), and for the purposes of Standing Order 174 (Opposed business) opposed proceedings on confirming bills shall be treated as opposed private business. Proceedings in House on confirming bills.
  219.  The following standing orders shall apply to confirming bills in like manner as to private bills, that is to say:— Application of certain orders to confirming bills.
(HL 186)
      Standing Orders 76A (Withdrawal of memorials), 85 (Power of Chairman of Ways and Means to report special circumstances, etc., to the House), 156A (Modification of practice as to charges on public revenue), 169 (Attachment of financial memoranda to certain bills), 171 (Presentation of petitions relating to private bills), 172 (Supply of copies of petitions), 173 (Withdrawal of petitions), 177 (Interval between committal of bill and sitting of committee), and 191 (Tolls and charges not in the nature of a tax).
  220.  [Repealed 9th April 1986.]
  221.  [Repealed 9th April 1986.]
  222.  [Repealed 9th April 1986.]
  223.  [Repealed 9th April 1986.]

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