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House of Commons Members Estimate Committee

 

House of

 

Commons

 

Members

 

Estimate

 

Committee.

 

 

152D.—(1) There shall be a committee of this House, called

 

the House of Commons Members Estimate Committee.

 

(2) The members of the committee shall be those Members

 

who are at any time members of the House of Commons

 

Commission pursuant to section 1 of the House of Commons

 

(Administration) Act 1978; the Speaker shall be chairman of

 

the committee; and three shall be the quorum of the committee.

 

(3) The functions of the committee shall be—

 

(a) to codify and keep under review the provisions of the

 

resolutions of this House relating to expenditure

 

charged to the Estimate for House of Commons:

 

Members;

 

(b) to modify those provisions from time to time as the

 

committee may think necessary or desirable in the

 

interests of clarity, consistency, accountability and

 

effective administration, and conformity with current

 

circumstances;

 

(c) to provide advice, when requested by the Speaker, on

 

the application of those provisions in individual cases;

 

(d) to carry out the responsibilities conferred on the

 

Speaker by the resolution of the House of 5th July 2001

 

relating to Members’ Allowances, Insurance, &c.,

 

except the responsibility of appointing the Advisory

 

Panel provided for in paragraph (5)(1) of that

 

Resolution.

 

(4) Paragraph (3)(b) above does not empower the

 

committee—

 

(a) to create a new form of charge on the Estimate for

 

House of Commons: Members; or

 

(b) to increase any rate of charge or payment determined

 

by resolution of this House.

 

(5) The committee shall report to the House from time to

 

time, and in any case not less than once a year, the provisions

 

of the resolutions of this House relating to expenditure charged

 

to the Estimate for House of Commons: Members, as codified

 

and modified pursuant to paragraph (3) of this order.

 

(6) The committee shall have power to sit notwithstanding

 

any adjournment of the House.

 

Public Petitions

 

Presentation of

 

petitions.

 

 

153. Every Member offering to present a petition to the

 

House, not being a petition for a private bill, or relating to a

 

private bill before the House, shall confine himself to a

 

statement of the parties from whom it comes, the number of

 

signatures attached to it, and the material allegations contained

 

in it, and to reading the prayer of such petition.

 

Time and manner

 

of presenting

 

petitions.

 

 

154.—(1) Every petition presented under Standing Order

 

No. 153 (Presentation of petitions) not containing matter in

 

breach of the privileges of this House, and which according to

 

the rules or usual practice of this House can be received, shall

 

be brought to the Table—

 

(a) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays,

 

after a member of the government shall have signified

 

his intention to move ‘That this House do now

 

adjourn’, for the purpose of bringing the sitting to a

 

conclusion, and

 

(b) on Fridays, at the commencement of public business,

 

provided that petitions remaining to be presented at ten

 

o’clock on a Friday on which private Members’ bills

 

have precedence under Standing Order No. 14

 

(Arrangement of public business) shall stand over and

 

may be brought to the Table after a member of the

 

government shall have signified his intention to move

 

‘That this House do now adjourn’, for the purpose of

 

bringing the sitting to a conclusion.

 

(2) Proceedings under paragraph (1)(a) and (1)(b) of this

 

order shall not be interrupted at the moment of interruption.

 

(3) The Speaker shall not allow any debate, or any Member

 

to speak upon, or in relation to, such petition; but it may be read

 

by the Clerk if required.

 

Petition as to

 

present personal

 

grievance.

 

 

155. In the case of a petition presented under Standing Order

 

No. 153 (Presentation of petitions) and complaining of some

 

present personal grievance, for which there may be an urgent

 

necessity for providing an immediate remedy, the matter

 

contained in such petition may be brought into discussion on

 

the presentation thereof and proceedings under this order may

 

be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.

 

Printing of

 

petitions and of

 

ministerial

 

replies.

 

 

156. All petitions presented under Standing Order No. 153

 

(Presentation of petitions), and not proceeded with under

 

Standing Order No. 155 (Petition as to present personal

 

grievance), shall be ordered to lie upon the Table and to be

 

printed, and the Clerk of the House shall transmit all such

 

petitions to a Minister of the Crown and any observations made

 

by a Minister or Ministers in reply to such petitions shall be laid

 

upon the Table by the Clerk of the House and shall be ordered

 

to be printed.

 

Petitions against

 

imposition of tax.

 

 

157. Petitions against any resolution or bill imposing a tax or

 

duty for the current service of the year shall be henceforth

 

received, and the usage under which the House has refused to

 

entertain such petitions shall be discontinued.

 

Parliamentary Papers

 

Presentation of

 

command papers.

 

 

158. If, during the existence of a Parliament, papers are

 

commanded by Her Majesty to be presented to this House at

 

any time, the delivery of such papers to the Votes and

 

Proceedings Office shall be deemed to be for all purposes the

 

presentation of them to this House.

 

Presentation of

 

statutory

 

instruments.

 

 

159. Where, under any Act of Parliament, a statutory

 

instrument is required to be laid before Parliament, or before

 

this House, the delivery of a copy of such instrument to the

 

Votes and Proceedings Office on any day during the existence

 

of a Parliament shall be deemed to be for all purposes the

 

laying of it before the House:

 

Provided that nothing in this order shall apply to any

 

statutory instrument being an order which is subject to special

 

parliamentary procedure or to any other instrument which is

 

required to be laid before Parliament, or before this House, for

 

any period before it comes into operation.

 

Notification in

 

respect of certain

 

statutory

 

instruments.

 

 

160. When any communication has been received by the

 

Speaker, drawing attention to the fact that copies of any

 

statutory instrument have yet to be laid before Parliament, and

 

explaining why such copies have not been so laid before the

 

instrument came into operation, the Speaker shall thereupon

 

lay such communication upon the Table of the House.


 
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