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Practice of The
House.

IV.

THE ORDERS REGULATING THE PRACTICE OF THE

HOUSE WITH REGARD TO PRIVATE BILLS.

193. No Private Bill shall be brought into this House, but upon a Petition Petition for Bill. which shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office, with a printed Copy of the

proposed Bill annexed: And such Petition shall be signed by the Parties,

or some of them, who are Suitors for the Bill.

193a. No Bill, originating in this House, for confirming a Provisional First reading of Order or Provisional Certificate shall be read the First Time after Provisional Order Whitsuntide.

194. ALL Bills promoted by the London County Council, containing power to raise Money, by the creation of stock or on loan, shall be introduced as Public Bills; but after being read a Second Time by The House, shall be referred to a Select Committee to be nominated by the Committee of Selection, in like manner as Private Bills.

But this Order shall not apply to a Bill promoted by the London County Council for the borrowing of money, which complies with the following

conditions:

(1.) If it authorises the borrowing and expenditure for the purposes mentioned in the Bill of the sum shown by the estimates recited in the preamble to be required for each such purpose, that purpose being the execution of a power conferred or extended either by the Bill, or by some public, local, or personal Act;

Provided that the Bill may authorise the borrowing and expenditure for any purpose for which estimates are not recited in the preamble, if it fixes a maximum aggregate sum to be so borrowed, and requires every such borrowing to be sanctioned by the Local Government Board;

(2.) If it is so framed as not to authorise the borrowing and expendi ture of any money after the financial period, that is to say, the period ending on the 30th day of September next after the expiration of the then current financial year of the Council

(3.) If it is so framed as to provide for the money borrowed being repaid, whether by the creation of a sinking fund, or the redemption of stock, or otherwise, within the period fixed by the Bill, or if the borrowing is sanctioned by the Local Government Board fixed by that Board, and the Committee or Board in fixing the period for the repayment of money borrowed for any work shall not fix any period which is in their opinion disproportionate to the duration of such work, and shall in no case fix a period exceeding that prescribed by any public Act relating thereto, or if no period is so prescribed exceeding sixty years;

(4.) If in the case of any Bill conferring or extending any power involving the expenditure of money after the financial period, the recited estimates show the total amount of money required for the execution of the power as well as the particular amount to be borrowed and expended during the financial period.

Bills.

Procedure in case of
Bills promoted by
the London County
Council.

Bills.

194a. WHERE any Act has conferred upon the London County Council London County any power involving the expenditure of money for any purpose after the Council Money then current financial period, or has extended any such power, it shall not be competent for the Committee on any Bill authorising the borrowing and expenditure of money for the same purpose during a subsequent financial period, except in pursuance of an express instruction from The House, to reduce

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Practice of The
House.

Regulations as to
London County
Council Bills,

38 & 39 Vict. c. 65.

Report from
Treasury on
certain London
County Council
Bilis.

Reports from
Public Depart-
ments on London
County Council
Bills.

reduce the total amount of money shown by the estimates recited in such Act to be required for the execution of the power.

1946. A BILL complying with the conditions specified in Standing Order 194, if it contains no powers or provisions except in relation to and consequential on the borrowing and expenditure of money, or in relation to the Consolidated Loans Fund, or to borrowing by the Council, shall be subject to the following requirements, that is to say :

(1.) The Petition for the Bill, with the declaration and printed copy of the Bill annexed, shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office on or before the 14th day of April, or the first day on which The House shall re-assemble after the Easter Recess, whichever shall be the later, instead of the 17th day of December in the previous year;

(2.) Notice of such Bill shall be published in the months of February and March, or either of them, instead of in the months of October and November in the previous year ;

(3.) Copies of the Bill shall be deposited with the Treasury and the Local Government Board on or before the day on which the Petition for the Bill is deposited in the Private Bill Office;

(4.) The Bill shall as soon as may be after the deposit of the Petition be presented for first reading, and shall, after the first reading, be referred to the Examiner, who shall give Two clear days' notice at the Private Bill Office of the day appointed for the examination thereof, and the Bill shall not be read a second time until the Examiner has reported whether the preceding requirements of this Order have been complied with;

(5.) Whenever the Bill is amended at any stage, a copy of the Bill as so amended shall be forthwith deposited with the Treasury and the Local Government Board;

(6.) The Tables accompanying the Bill, as required by Section 12 of "The Metropolitan Board of Works Loans Act, 1875," shall be made up to the 31st day of March preceding the last day allowed for the deposit of the Bill, and if printed copies of those Tables have been deposited in the Private Bill Office, and at the Vote Office, and with the Treasury and Local Government Board, at least One clear day before the Second Reading of the Bill, it shall be sufficient if those Tables are prefixed to the Bill as brought up for Second Reading in this House.

194c. No Bill promoted by the London County Council shall authorise any alteration of the mode of dealing with the Consolidated Loans Fund, or of borrowing by the Council, unless a report of the Treasury on the proposed alteration is presented to The House and referred to the Committee on the Bill. The Committee shall consider the report, and may, if they think fit, hear the officers of the Treasury. If the Committee disagree with the report, they shall report the fact to the House, with the reasons of their disagreement.

194d. In the case of any Bill promoted by the London County Council authorizing the borrowing and expenditure of money, if there is presented to The House and referred to the Committee on the Bill a report from the Local Government Board or Treasury with respect to the Bill or to the borrowing by the County Council and the management of the Consolidated Loans Fund during the previous financial year, the Committee shall report specially to The House in what manner the matters contained in such report have been dealt with by the Committee, and any circumstances arising out of such report which, in the opinion of the Committee, it is desirable that The House should be informed of. If no such report is referred to the Committee, the Committee shall report the fact to The House.

194e. THE

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Practice of The
House.

194e. THE estimates recited in any Bill promoted by the London County Council shall be supported by such plans and specifications as the Committee Estimates recited think proper.

in London County Council Bills.

195. ALL Private Bills shall, on the day previous to the day fixed for Deposit of Private their being laid upon the Table of The House, be deposited in the Private Bills. Bill Office, and shall be laid, by one of the Clerks of that Office, on the Table of The House, together with a list of such Bills.

Private Bills.

196. WHERE the Examiner has endorsed the Petition for a Private Bill Presentation of "Standing Orders complied with," the Bill shall be presented by being laid on the Table of The House not later than One clear Day after such endorsement, or if when it is endorsed The House is not sitting, then not later than One clear Day after the first sitting thereof subsequent to such endorsement, and if The House is not sitting on the latest Day on which the Bill ought to be laid on the Table of The House, then the Bill shall be so laid on the First Day on which The House again sits.

Where the Examiner has reported with respect to any Private Bill that the Standing Orders have not been complied with, and the Report has been referred to the Select Committee on Standing Orders, and the Select Committee on Standing Orders have reported that the Standing Orders ought to be dispensed with, the Bill shall be presented by being laid on the Table of The House not later than One clear Day after The House has given leave to the parties to proceed with the Bill.

197. A PRIVATE Bill shall, when laid on the Table of The House, be Bill deemed to be deemed to have been read a First Time and ordered to be read a Second read a First Time. Time, or referred to the Examiners, as the case may be, on the day on

which it is so laid, and shall be recorded in the Votes as having been

so read.

198. No Petition for additional Provision in any Private Bill will be Petition for addireceived by this House, unless a printed Copy of the proposed Clauses be tional Provision. annexed thereto.

referred to Com

199. ALL Reports of the Examiner of Petitions for Private Bills, in which Reports of he shall report that the Standing Orders have not been complied with, and Examiner to be all Special Reports of the said Examiner, shall be referred to the Select mittee on Standing Committee on Standing Orders.

200. ALL Petitions praying that any of the Sessional or Standing Orders of The House relating to Private Bills may be dispensed with, and all Petitions for the re-insertion of Petitions for Private Bills in the General List of Petitions, and all Petitions opposing the same, shall be presented to this House by depositing the same in the Private Bill Office; and every such Petition, so deposited, shall stand referred to the Select Committee on Standing Orders.

200a. WHERE a Bill having been brought in on Motion (not being a Bill to confirm a Provisional Order or Certificate) is read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time, on a day appointed, and it appears that the Standing Orders relative to Private Bills may be applicable to the Bill, the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills shall examine the Bill with respect to compliance with the Standing Orders, and shall proceed and report forthwith, and the Order of the Day relating to the Bill shall not be affected thereby; but if the Examiner report that any Standing Order applicable to the Bill has not been complied with, and the Select Committee on Standing Orders report that such Standing Order ought not to be dispensed with, the Order of the Day relating to the Bill shall be discharged.

Orders.

Petitions for Dispensation, &c. to be mittee on Standing

referred to Com

Orders.

When Standing Orders applicable to Bill brought in on Motion are not complied with, relating to the Bill, discharged.

Order of the Day

201. EVERY Private Bill, printed on paper, of a size to be determined Printed Bill to be upon by Mr. Speaker, shall be presented to The House, with a Cover of presented. Parchment attached to it, upon which the Title of the Bill is to be written;

and the short Title of the Bill, as first entered on the Votes, shall corre-
spond with that at the head of the Advertisement.

202. ALL

Practice of The
House.

202. ALL Charges in any way affecting the Public Revenue, which occur in the Clauses of any Private Bill, shall be printed in Italics in such Bill affecting the Public when presented to the House.

All charges

Revenue to be inserted in Italics.

Printed copies of

203. EVERY Private Bill (except Name Bills) shall be printed; and printed Bills to be delivered copies thereof delivered to the Vote Office for the use of the Members before the First Reading.

at Vote Office.

Time between
First and Second
Reading.

Petition relating to Bills to be presented to House by being deposited in the Private Bill Office.

Petitions or Memorials may be withdrawn.

Second or Third Reading to be postponed when opposed.

Private Bills to

stand referred to
Committee of

Selection, General
Committee on Rail
way and Canal
Bills, and Divorce.

Provisional Order

Bills to stand re

ferred to Commit

General Com

mittee.

204. THERE shall not be less than Three clear Days, nor more than Seven, between the First and Second Reading of any Private Bill, or any Bill to confirm any Provisional Order or Provisional Certificate, unless any such Private Bill have been referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, in which case such Bill shall not be read a second time later than Seven clear Days after the Report of the Examiner, or of the Select Committee on Standing Orders, as the case may be.

205. EVERY Petition in favour of or against any Private Bill, or any Bill to confirm any Provisional Order or Provisional Certificate before The House, or otherwise relating thereto (not being a Petition for additional Provision), shall be presented to this House, by depositing the same in the Private Bill Office, and there shall be indorsed thereon the name or short Title by which such Bill is entered in the Votes, and a Statement that such Petition is in favour of or against the Bill, or otherwise as the case may be, together with the name of the Member, Party or Agent depositing the same.

206. ANY Petitioner or Memorialist may withdraw his Petition or Memorial, on a requisition to that effect being deposited in the Private Bill Office, signed by him or by the Agent who deposited such Petition or Memorial; and where any such Petition or Memorial is signed by more than one person, any person signing such Petition or Memorial may with draw his opposition by a similar requisition, signed and deposited as aforesaid.

207. In cases where the Second or Third Reading of a Private Bill, or the consideration of a Bill as amended by the Committee, or any proposed Clause or Amendment, or any Motion relating to a Private Bill, is opposed, the same shall be postponed until the day on which The House shall next sit. Provided that where any such Opposed Private Business is set down by direction of the Chairman of Ways and Means and is disposed of, any Motion contingent directly or otherwise thereon may with the assent of the Chair be considered and disposed of at the same sitting.

208. EVERY Private Bill, not being a Railway, Canal, or Divorce Bill, after having been read a Second Time and committed, shall stand referred to the Committee of Selection; and if a Railway or Canal Bill, to the General Committee on Railway and Canal Bills; and if a Divorce Bill, to the Select Committee on Divorce Bills.

208a. EVERY Bill for confirming Provisional Orders or Provisional Certificates shall, after the Second Reading, stand referred to the Committee tee of Selection, or of Selection, or to the General Committee on Railway and Canal Bills, as the case may require, and be subject to the Standing Orders regulating the proceedings upon Private Bills, so far as they are applicable: Provided that, when any Order or Certificate contained in any such Bill is opposed, the Committee to whom such opposed Order or Certificate is referred shall consider all the Orders or Certificates comprised in such Bill," and may, if "they think fit, divide the Bill into two Bills, dealing with the opposed "and unopposed Orders or Certificates respectively, and report the same separately.'

Unopposed Bills when treated as opposed, to be again referred to Committee of

Selection or General
Committee (S.O.

83.)

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209. WHEN The House shall have been informed by the Chairman of Ways and Means, that in his opinion any unopposed Private Bill should be treated as an opposed Bill, such Bill shall be again referred to the Committee of Selection; or in the case of a Railway or Canal Bill, to the General Committee on Railway and Canal Bills.

210. EVERY

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