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PROCEEDINGS OF, AND IN RELATION TO, THE COMMITTEE OF SELECTION, AND OF Proceedings of THE GENERAL COMMITTEE ON RAILWAY AND CANAL BILLS.
Selection, &c. 98. THERE shall be a Committee, to be designated “ THE COMMITTEE OF Committee of SELECTION," to consist of the Chairman of the Select Committee on Standing Selection. Orders, and Ten other Members who shall be nominated at the commencement of every Session, of which Committee Three shall be a Quorum.
99. There shall be a Committee, to be designated “ THE GENERAL COM- General Committee MITTEE ON RAILWAY AND CANAL Bills,” which shall be noininated at the on Railway and commencement of every Session by the Committee of Selection, of which Committee Three shall be a Quorum.
100. The Committee of Selection may, from time to time, discharge Committee of Members from further attendance on such General Committee, and add Selection may, other Members in their room, and shall appoint the Chairman of such and add others. Committee.
101. The General Committee on Railway and Canal Bills shall appoint General Comfrom among themselves the Chairman of each Committee on a Railway or
mittee to appoint
Chairmen. Canal Bill, or on a Group of such Bills, and may change the Chairman so appointed from time to time.
102. PRINTED Copies of all Private Bills, not being Railway or Canal Printed Copies of Bills, shall be laid before the Committee of Selection, and Printed Copies before committee of all Railway and Canal Bills before the General Committee on Railway of Selection and and Canal Bills, by the parties promoting the same, at the first Meeting of General Comthe said Committees respectively.
103. The Committee of Selection may, if they think fit, form into Groups Committee of all Private Bills, not being Railway or Canal Bills, and the General Com- Selection and
General Committee mittee on Railway and Canal Bills may form into Groups all Railway and to group Private Canal Bills, which, in their opinion, it may be expedient to submit to the Bills. same Committee, and such Groups shall be published in the Votes.
104. The General Committee on Railway and Canal Bills shall refer Railway and Canal cvery unopposed Railway or Canal Bill to the Committee on Unopposed unopposed Bills. Bills.
105. The Committee of Selection in the case of all Private Bills other Committee of than Railway and Canal Bills, and the General Committee on Railway and Selection and Canal Bills in the case of such Bills, shall, subject to the order in regard to on Railway, &c. the interval between the Second Reading of every Private Bill and the Bills, to appoint Sitting of the Committee thereupon, fix the time for holding the First First Sitting of Sitting of every Committee on a Private Bill which shall have been referred to either of the said Committees.
106. The Committee of Selection shall name the Bill or Bills which shall Committee of be taken into consideration on the first day of the meeting of the Committee Selection and
General Committoe on any Group of Bills not being Railway or Canal Bills ; and the General Committee on Railway and Canal Bills shall name the Bill or Bills which Bills to be conshall be taken into consideration on the first day of the meeting of each sidered on the first Committee on any Group of such Bills.
name Bill or
107. The Committee of Selection shall consider no Bill as an opposed Bills not Private Bill, unless within the time appointed by Standing Order 128, to be considered a Petition shall have been presented against it, in which the Petitioner or Petitioners shall have prayed to be heard, by themselves, their Counsel or Agents, or unless, where no such Petition shall have been presented, the Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means shall have reported to The House that in his opinion any Bill ought to be so treated.
Proceedings of Committee of
Committees on opposed Private Bills.
Committees on unopposed Private Bills.
108. The Committee of Selection shall refer every opposed Private Bill, which shall have been referred to them, or any Group of such Bills, to a Chairman and Three Members, and a Referee or a Chairman and Three Members, not locally or otherwise interested therein.
109. The Committee of Selection shall refer every unopposed Private Bill, which shall have been referred to them, to the Committee Unopposed Bills, which shall be composed of five Members, namely, the Chairman of Wavs and Means (who when present shall be ex-officio Chairman of every such Committee), the Deputy Chairman, two Members from time to time selected by the Chairman of Ways and Means from a panel to be appointed by the Committee of Selection at the commencement of every Session, and Counsel to Mr. Speaker; and three shall be the
110. The Committee of Selection shall give each Menaber not less than notice to Members. Seven Days' notice, by publication in the Votes or otherwise, of the week
in which it will be necessary for him to be in attendance for the purpose of
Notice of Appoint- 111. The Committee of Selection shall give to each Member sufficient ment and Declara
notice of his appointment as a Member of a Committee on any Private tion.
Bill, or Group of such Bills, and, in every case where a Declaration is
be returned properly filled up and signed.
every Member from whom they shall not have received in due time such reported.
Declaration, so filled up and signed, or, in lieu thereof, an excuse which
113. The Committee of Selection shall have the power of discharging substitute Members any Member or Members of a Committee, and of substituting other for others.
no answer to be
114. The Committee of Selection shall have power, in the execution of Selection may send their duties, to send for Persons, Papers, and Records. for Persons, &c.
Proceedings of Committees on
Committees on opposed Railway and Canal Bills.
PROCEEDINGS OF COMMITTEES ON OPPOSED Bills.
116. The Committee on every opposed Private Bill (not being a Railway,
117. Each Member of a Committee on an opposed Private Bill, or Group of such Bills, shall, before he be entitled to attend and vote on such Committee, sign the following Declaration :
I do hereby declare, That my constituents have no local interest, and
that I have no personal interest, in such Bill; and that I will never
attended to the Evidence relating thereto.
of Committees on Opposed Bills.
118. COMMITTEES shall not be allowed to proceed if more than One of their Members be absent, unless by special leave of the House.
119. No Member of a Committee on an opposed Private Bill shall absent Members not to himself from his duties thereon, except in the case of sickness, or by order absent themselves. of the House.
120. If the Chairman shall be absent from the Committee, the Member Chairman's absence. next in rotation on the List of Members who shall be present shall act as Chairman, but in the case of Railway and Canal Bills, only until the General Committee on such Bills shall have appointed, if they shall so think fit, another Chairman.
121. If at any time during the sitting of any Committee more than One Proceedings to of the Members be absent, the Chairman shall suspend the proceedings of be suspended if such Committee; and if at the expiration of One Flour from the time fixed Quorum not
122. If any of the Members shall not be present within One Hour after Members absent to the time appointed for the meeting of the Committee, or if any Member be reported to The shall absent himself from his duties on such Committee, every such Member shall be reported to The House at its next sitting.
123. IF, at any time after the Committee on a Bill shall have been formed, Absence of a Quorum of Members required by the Standing Orders cannot attend in Members by consequence of any of the Members who shall have duly qualified to serve wise to be reported. on such Committee having become incompetent to continue such service by death or otherwise, the Chairman shall report the circumstances of the case to The House, in order that such measures may be taken by The House as shall enable the Members still remaining on the Comunittee to proceed with the business referred to such Committee, or as the emergency of the case may require.
124. All questions before Committees on Private Bills shall be decided Method of deciding by a majority of voices, including the voice of the Chairman ; and whenever Questions. the voices are equal, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.
125. The Committee on each Group of Bills shall take the Bill or Bills Order in which first into consideration which shall have been named by the Committee of Bills are to be Selection, or by the General Committee on Railway and Canal Bills ; and the Committee shall, from time to time, appoint the day on which they will enter upon
the consideration of each of the remaining Bills, and on which they will require the parties severally promoting or opposing the same to enter appearances; and Two clear Days' notice, at the least, of such appointment shall be given by the Clerk attending the Committee to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office ; and in case the Committee shall postpone the consideration of any Bili, notice shall be given of the day to which the same is postponed.
126. Every Committee on an opposed Private Bill shall report specially Causes of Adjournto The House the cause of any Adjournment over any day on which The ment to be specially House shall sit.
127. No Petition against a Private Bill, or a Bill to confirm any Provisional Petition against Order or Provisional Certificate, shall be taken into consideration by the Bill must distinctly Committee on such Bill, which shall not distinctly specify the ground on objection, which the Petitioners object to any of the provisions thereof; and the
Proceedings of Committees on
Limit of time for
Petitioners shall be only heard on such grounds so stated ; and if it shall appear to the said Committee, that such grounds are not specified with sufficient accuracy, the Committee may direct that there be given in to the Committee a more specific statement, in writing, but limited to such grounds of objection so inaccurately specified.
128. No Petitioners against any Private Bill, or any Bill to confirm any Provisional Order or Provisional Certificate, shall be heard before the Committee on the Bill, unless their Petition shall have been prepared and signed in strict conformity with the Rules and Orders of this House, and shall have been presented to this House by having been deposited in the Private Bill Office, in the case of Private Bills, on or before the 12th day of February, and in the case of Bills originating in this House to confirm any Provisional Order or Provisional Certificate, not later than Seven clear Days after notice shall have been given of the day on which the Bill will be examined, except where the Petitioners shall complain of any inatter which may have arisen during the Progress of the Bill before the said Committee, or of any proposed additional provision, or of the Amend. ments as proposed in the filled up Bill deposited in the Private Bill Office. Provided that in the case of
(a) any Bill brought from the House of Lords; and
the time for depositing the Bill has been dispensed with ; and
under Standing Order 194 ; a petition against the Bill may be deposited at any time not later than Ten clear Days after the First Reading of the Bill.”
Competition to be a ground of locus standi.
129. It shall be competent to the Referees on Private Bills to admit Petitioners to be heard upon their Petitions against a Private Bill, on the ground of competition, if they shall think fit.
Locus standi of
Locus standi of dissenting shareholders.
130. WHERE a Bill is promoted by an Incorporated Company, Shareholders of such Company shall not be entitled to be heard before the Committee against such Bill, unless their interests, as affected thereby, shall be distinct from the general interests of such Company.
131. In case any Proprietor, Shareholder, or Member of or in any Company, Society, Association, or Co-partnership, shall by himself or any person authorised to act for him in that behalf, have dissented at any Meeting called in pursuance of Standing Orders 62 to 66, or at any Meeting called in pursuance of any similar Standing Order of the House of Lords, such Proprietor, Shareholder, or Member shall be permitted to be heard by the Committee on the Bill on a Petition presented to the House, such Petition having been duly deposited in the Private Bill Office.
Locus standi of Railway Companies.
132. WHERE a Railway Bill contains provisions for taking or using any part of the Lands, Railway, Stations or Accommodations of another Company, or for running Engines or Carriages upon or across the same, or for granting other facilities, such Company shall be entitled to be heard upon their Petition against such provisions or against the Preamble and Clauses of such Bill.
Locus standi of bodies representing trades, &c.
133. Where any body of persons corporate or unincorporated sufficiently representing a particular trade, business, or interest, in any district to which any Railway Bill relates, petition against the Bill, alleging that such trade, business, or interest will be injuriously affected by the rates and fares proposed to be authorized by the Bill, or is injuriously affected by the rates and fares already authorized by Acts relating to the Railway undertaking, it shall be competent to the Referees on Private Bills, if they think fit, to admit the Petitioners to be heard, on such allegation, against the Bill, or any part thereof, or against the rates and fares authorized by the said Acts, or any of them.
of Committees on
The provisions of this Order relative to rates and fares already authorized, Proceedings extend to Traders and Freighters, and to a single Trader, in any case where a
Opposed Bills. locus standi would have been allowed to them or him, if this Order had not been made.
Nothing in this Order shall authorize the Referees to entertain any question within the jurisdiction of the Railway Commissioners.
133a. Where any society or association sufficiently representing a trade, Iocus standi of business, or interest in any district to which any Bill relates, petition against associations, &c. the Bill, alleging that such trade, business, or interest will be injuriously affected by the provisions contained therein, it shall be competent to the Referees on Private Bills, if they think fit, to admit the Petitioners to be heard on such allegations against the Bill or any part thereof.
134. It shall be competent to the Referees on Private Bills to admit the Locus standi of Petitioners, being the Municipal or other authority having the local manage
Authorities and ment of the Metropolis, or of any Town, or the Inhabitants of any Town or Inhabitants of District alleged to be injuriously affected by a Bill, to be heard against such Towns, &c. Bill, if they shall think fit.
134a. The Municipal or other local authority of any town or district Local authorities alleging in their Petition that such town or district may be injuriously affected to have a locus by the provisions of any Bill relating to the lighting or water supply thereof, Lighting and or the raising of capital for any such purpose, shall be entitled to be heard Water Bills. against such Bill.
1346. It shall be competent to the Referees on Private Bills to admit the Locus standi of Petitioners, being the Council of any Administrative County or County County Councils. Borough, or being a Joint Committee of Councils of Administrative Counties or County Boroughs the whole or any part of which is alleged to be injuriously affected by a Bill, to be heard against such Bill if they think fit.
134c. The Council of any Administrative County alleging in their Petition County Council that such Administrative County, or any part thereof, may be injuriously to have a locus affected (A) by the provisions of any Bill relating to the water supply of Water kill or a any town or district, whether situate within or without such County, or (B) Tramway Bill. by the provisions of any Bill proposing to authorise the construction or reconstruction of any Tramway along any main road, or along any other road to the maintenance and repair of which the County Council contributes, within the Administrative County, shall be entitled to be heard against such Bill.
or River Con
134d. WHERE any owner, lessee, or occupier, or where any Conservancy or Locus standi of other authority charged with the control of river or other waters, petitions Owners of Rivers against a Bill alleging that under its provisions any water or water supply of which they may legally avail themselves will be diminished or injuriously affected, it shall be competent to the Referees on private Bills, if they think fit, to admit the Petitioners to be heard against the Bill or any part thereof.
134e. It shall be competent to the Referees on Private Bills, if they think Locus standi of fit, to admit the Petitioners, being the Conservators, constituted under Act Conservators of of Parliament, or under a scheme or an order of the Board of Agriculture, or open spaces. having the control, regulation, or management of any forest, common, or open space alleged to be injuriously affected by a Bill, to be heard against such Bill.
135. The owner, lessee, or occupier of any house, shop, or warehouse in Locus standi of any street or road through which it is proposed to construct any Tramway, owners, &c. against and who alleges in any Petition against a Private Bill or Provisional Order that the construction or use of the Tramway proposed to be authorized thereby will injuriously affect him in the use or enjoyment of his premises, or in the conduct of his trade or business, shall be entitled to be heard on such allegations before any Select Committee to which such Private Bill,