Local Government Bill [HL]|
1. The Local Government Bill is a government
bill introduced into the House of Lords on 26 May 2010. On 8 June
2010 the House agreed to a motion that the Bill be referred to
the Examiners with respect to the applicability to the Bill of
the Private Business Standing Orders of the House (HL Deb, 8 June
2010, cols 603-613).
2. Under Lords Private Business Standing Order
83, the Examiners must in these circumstances certify whether
any of the standing orders, compliance with which in the case
of a private bill is to be proved before an Examiner, are applicable
to the Bill and, if they are, whether or not they have been complied
with. The Examiners have leave to report also to the House of
Commons, if the House of Commons so orders; and Commons Private
Business Standing Order 224(6) provides for the Examiners to report
also on the applicability of, and (if relevant) compliance with,
the equivalent Commons Private Business Standing Orders.
3. The relevant Standing Orders are those numbered
4 to 68 in the case of each House. They are applicable only if
the Bill is hybrid. So the Examiners must first determine the
issue of hybridity and then, if the Bill is hybrid, determine
whether the applicable Standing Orders have been complied with.
4. On 18 June 2010 Exeter City Council and Norwich
City Council deposited memorials alleging that the Standing Orders
were applicable to the Bill and had not been complied with. These
memorials were withdrawn on 21 June 2010 and 22 June 2010 respectively.
5. On 23 June 2010 we held a hearing at which
the government made representations that the Bill was not hybrid
(a record of the hearing, including the written representations,
is at Appendix 1). By the time of the hearing, there was no party
alleging that the Standing Orders were applicable to the Bill.
6. Pursuant to House of Lords Private Business
Standing Order 83 we give the following certificate and pursuant
to House of Commons Private Business Standing Order 224 we report