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Money

 

resolutions and

 

ways and means

 

resolutions in

 

connection with

 

bills.

 

 

52.—(1) The Speaker shall put the questions necessary to

 

dispose of proceedings on motions authorising expenditure in

 

connection with a bill and on ways and means motions in

 

connection with a bill—

 

(a) forthwith, if such a motion is made at the same sitting

 

as that at which the bill has been read a second time; or

 

(b) not later than three‑quarters of an hour after the

 

commencement of those proceedings, if the motion is

 

made otherwise.

 

(2) Business to which this order applies may be proceeded

 

with at any hour, though opposed.

 

Application of

 

public money

 

standing orders

 

to private bills,

 

&c.

 

 

53. In relation to private bills, provisional order bills and bills

 

introduced under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland)

 

Act 1936, or the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act

 

1945, the standing orders relating to public money shall have

 

effect subject to any exceptions prescribed by the standing

 

orders of this House relating to private business.

 

Consideration of

 

estimates.

 

 

54.—(1) Three days, other than Fridays, before 5th August,

 

shall be allotted in each session for the consideration of

 

estimates set down under the provisions of paragraph (3) of

 

Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee); and not more

 

than one day so allotted may be taken in the form of two half

 

days, not being Fridays.

 

(2) On any such day—

 

(a) consideration of estimates or reports of the Liaison

 

Committee relating thereto shall stand as first business;

 

and

 

(b) other business may be taken before the moment of

 

interruption only if the consideration of estimates has

 

been concluded.

 

(3) On any such half day—

 

(a) proceedings on consideration of estimates or reports

 

of the Liaison Committee relating thereto, standing as

 

first business, shall be interrupted at seven o’clock on

 

Monday or Tuesday, four o’clock on Wednesday or

 

three o’clock on Thursday; or

 

(b) notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (2) of this

 

order, consideration of estimates or reports of the

 

Liaison Committee relating thereto may be set down

 

for consideration at the hour specified in sub‑paragraph

 

(a) above and shall be entered upon at that time:

 

Provided that on days on which business stands over

 

until seven o’clock, four o’clock or three o’clock under

 

the provisions of Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment

 

on specific and important matter that should have

 

urgent consideration) or has been set down for that hour

 

under the provisions of Standing Order No. 20 (Time

 

for taking private business) proceedings under this

 

sub‑paragraph shall not be entered upon until such

 

business has been disposed of and may then be

 

proceeded with for three hours, notwithstanding the

 

provisions of Standing Order No. 9 (Sittings of the

 

House).

 

(4) On any day or half day allotted under this order, questions

 

necessary to dispose of proceedings (other than a dilatory

 

motion) on the estimates on which debate has been concluded

 

shall be deferred until the hour prescribed under paragraph (5)

 

of this order.

 

(5) At the moment of interruption on an allotted day or half

 

day, or as soon thereafter as proceedings under the proviso to

 

paragraph (3)(b) of this order have been disposed of, the

 

Speaker shall put, successively, any questions deferred under

 

paragraph (4) of this order, and any questions necessary to

 

dispose of proceedings on all other estimates appointed for

 

consideration on that day.

 

Questions on

 

voting of

 

estimates, &c.

 

 

55.—(1) On any day to which the provisions of paragraphs

 

(2), (3) or (4) of this order apply the Speaker shall at the

 

moment of interruption put the questions on—

 

(a) any outstanding vote relating to numbers for defence

 

services;

 

(b) any motion authorising amounts and limits on

 

appropriations in aid, set out in outstanding estimates.

 

(2) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this order shall apply

 

on a day not later than 6th February, if any of the following

 

total amounts have been put down for consideration:

 

(a) votes on account for the coming financial year;

 

(b) supplementary and new estimates for the current

 

financial year which have been presented at least

 

fourteen days previously.

 

(3) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this order shall apply

 

on a day not later than 18th March, if any of the following

 

numbers or total amounts have been put down for

 

consideration:

 

(a) votes relating to numbers for defence services;

 

(b) supplementary and new estimates for the current

 

financial year which have been presented at least

 

fourteen days previously;

 

(c) excess votes, provided that the Committee of Public

 

Accounts has reported that it sees no objection to the

 

amounts and modifications to limits on appropriations

 

in aid necessary being authorised by excess vote.

 

(4) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this order shall apply

 

on a day not later than 5th August in respect of any motion

 

authorising amounts, and limits on appropriations in aid, set

 

out in outstanding estimates.

 

(5) At least two days’ notice shall be given of the motions

 

which are to be put down for consideration under paragraphs

 

(2), (3) or (4) of this order.

 

(6) The provisions of this order shall not apply to any vote of

 

credit or votes for supplementary or additional estimates for

 

war expenditure.

 

Consolidated

 

Fund Bills.

 

 

56. When a motion shall have been made for the second

 

reading of a Consolidated Fund or an Appropriation Bill, the

 

question thereon shall be put forthwith, no order shall be made

 

for the committal of the bill and the question for third reading

 

shall be put forthwith; and the said questions may be decided

 

at any hour, though opposed.

 

Public Bills

 

Presentation and

 

first reading.

 

 

57.—(1) A Member may, after notice, present a bill without

 

previously obtaining leave from the House to bring in the same.

 

(2) When a bill is presented either in pursuance of an order of

 

the House or under the provisions of paragraph (1) of this

 

order, the bill shall be read the first time without any question

 

being put, shall be ordered to be read a second time on such day

 

as the Member presenting it shall appoint, and shall be ordered

 

to be printed.

 
 

Bills brought

 

from the Lords.

 

 

57A.—(1) If a Member informs the Clerks at the Table of his

 

intention to take charge of a bill which has been brought from

 

the Lords, the bill shall be deemed to have been read the first

 

time on the day on which the Member so informs the Clerks,

 

and to have been ordered to be read a second time on such day

 

as he shall appoint, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the

 

House as having been read the first time and ordered to be read

 

a second time on the day so appointed, and shall be ordered to

 

be printed.

 

(2) If a public bill is passed by the Lords and carried to the

 

office of the Clerk of the House at a time when this House is

 

not sitting, then, provided that a Member shall have notified the

 

Clerks at the Table, in writing, of his intention to take charge

 

of the bill—

 

(a) the Clerk of the House shall arrange for the printing

 

and circulation of copies of the bill, and

 

(b) the bill shall be recorded in the Journal of the House

 

as having been read the first time on the next sitting day

 

and as having been ordered to be printed pursuant to

 

this standing order and to be read a second time on such

 

day as the Member shall have appointed.

 

Consolidation

 

bills.

 

 

58.—(1) In this order ‘a consolidation bill’ means a public

 

bill which falls to be considered by the select committee

 

appointed under Standing Order No. 140 (Joint Committee on

 

Consolidation, &c., Bills).

 

(2) Notices of amendments, new clauses and new schedules

 

to be moved in committee in respect of a consolidation bill may

 

be received by the Clerks at the Table before the bill has been

 

read a second time.

 

(3) When a motion shall have been made for the second

 

reading, or for the third reading, of a consolidation bill, the

 

question thereon shall be put forthwith.

 

(4) If a motion that a consolidation bill be not committed is

 

made by a Minister of the Crown immediately after the bill has

 

been read a second time, the motion shall not require notice and

 

the question thereon shall be put forthwith and may be decided

 

at any hour, though opposed.

 

Law Commission

 

bills.

 

 

59.—(1) Any public bill, the main purpose of which is to

 

give effect to proposals contained in a report by either of the

 

Law Commissions, other than a private Member’s bill or a bill

 

to which Standing Order No. 58 (Consolidation bills) applies,

 

shall, when it is set down for second reading, stand referred to

 

a second reading committee, unless—

 

(a) the House otherwise orders, or

 

(b) the bill is referred to the Scottish Grand Committee.

 

(2) If a motion that a bill such as is referred to in paragraph

 

(1) above shall no longer stand referred to a second reading

 

committee is made by a Minister of the Crown at the

 

commencement of public business, the question thereon shall

 

be put forthwith.

 

(3) The provisions of paragraphs (3) to (5) of Standing Order

 

No. 90 (Second reading committees) shall apply to any bill

 

referred to a second reading committee under paragraph (1)

 

above.

 

Tax law rewrite

 

bills.

 

 

60.—(1) In this order ‘a tax law rewrite bill’ means a bill

 

which has been presented, or brought in upon an order of the

 

House, by a Minister of the Crown and which has been ordered

 

to be proceeded with as such a bill.

 

(2) A motion may be made by a Minister of the Crown at the

 

commencement of public business, that a specified bill be so

 

proceeded with, and the question thereon shall be put

 

forthwith.

 

(3) A tax law rewrite bill shall, upon the making of an order

 

under paragraph (2) above, stand referred to a second reading

 

committee unless the House otherwise orders.

 

(4) A motion may be made by a Minister of the Crown at the

 

commencement of public business, that a tax law rewrite bill

 

shall no longer stand referred to a second reading committee,

 

and the question thereon shall be put forthwith.

 

(5) The provisions of paragraphs (3) to (5) of Standing Order

 

No. 90 (Second reading committees) shall apply to any bill

 

referred to a second reading committee under paragraph (3)

 

above.

 

(6) A tax law rewrite bill shall, upon its being read a second

 

time, stand committed to the Joint Committee on Tax Law

 

Rewrite Bills.

 

(7) A bill which has been reported from the said Joint

 

Committee shall stand re‑committed to a committee of the

 

whole House unless the House otherwise orders.

 

(8) If a motion that the committee of the whole House be

 

discharged from considering a tax law rewrite bill is made by a

 

Minister of the Crown immediately after the order of the day

 

has been read for the House to resolve itself into a committee

 

on the bill, the motion shall not require notice and the question

 

thereon shall be put forthwith and may be decided at any hour,

 

though opposed; and if such question is agreed to the bill shall

 

be ordered to be read the third time.


 
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