Private Bills and Chairman of
(Clerk of Private Bills and Examiner: Philippa Tudor)
The Office supervises the passage of private legislation
in accordance with the requirements of the House and supports
the Chairman of Committees.
The complement comprises 6 posts (including 2 part-time
Counsel who share a post). The Clerk of Private Bills also acts
as Clerk to the Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee; a
second Clerk acts as Private Secretary to the Chairman of Committees.
3 Activities and Financial Performance
- 5 private Acts (compared with 7 in 1999-200)
received Royal Assent, including a Scottish Order Confirmation
Act. Two (4) private bills were deposited in November 2000. Five
(9) private bills were carried over to the new session, and 2
were subsequently revived. No (2) petitions were deposited against
- 2 (9) unopposed bill committees sat. Two Special
Procedure Orders were laid, neither of which was opposed.
- Since the start of the 2000-01 session, private
bills, and information about them, have been published on the
Parliamentary website. Private bills and Acts are now published
in the new format.
- In July 2000 the House agreed to uprate the Private
Business fees in line with inflation.
- In March 2001 the House agreed to a large number
of amendments to the Private Business Standing Orders.
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee
The work of the Committee is described in the Review
of the Year (paragraph 15). The Committee made a special report
outlining its work during the 1999-2000 session and making recommendations
for the future. It also reported twice on the Regulatory Reform
Bill, which is expected to lead to an expansion in the Committee's
4 Future Activities
A new edition of Private Business Standing Orders
was published in May 2001.