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PROCEEDINGS OF, AND IN RELATION TO, THE

EXAMINERS.

REFERENCE OF Bills, &c., TO, AND DUTIES OF, AND PRACTICE BEFORE

EXAMINERS. 69, THE Examination of the Petitions for Private Bills which shall have When Examination been duly deposited in the Private Bill Office, shall commence on the of Petitions to 18th day of January, in such order and according to such regulations as shall have been made by Mr. Speaker.

commence.

70. One of the Examiners shall give at least Seven clear Days' Notice in Notice of day the Private Bill Office of the day appointed for the Examination of each appointed for Petition which shall have been duly deposited in the Private Bill Office; and in case the Promoters shall not appear at the time when the Petition shall come on to be heard, the Examiner to whom the case shall have been allotted shall strike the Petition off the General List of Petitions, and shall not re-insert the same, except by order of The House.

71. The Examiner shall certify by indorsement on each Petition whether Indorsement on the Standing Orders have or have not been complied with ; and, when they and report as to have not been complied with, he shall also report to The House the facts upon which his decision is founded, and any special circumstances connected with the case.

72. All Petitions for additional Provision in Private Bills, with the Reference to proposed Clauses annexed, and all Private Bills brought from the House of Examiner of

Petitions for addi. Lords, and all Bills introduced by leave of The House in lieu of other Bills tional Provision which shall have been withdrawn, and all Bilis to confirm any Provisional in Private Bills

from Lords, &c. Order or Provisional Certificate, after having been read a First Time, shall be referred to the Examiners, and the Examiner shall report to The House whether the Standing Orders have or have not been complied with, and when they have not been complied with, the facts upon which his decision is founded, and any special circumstances connected with the case, and in the case of any Bill which, in pursuance of any Report from the Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means, has originated in the House of Lords, the compliance with such Standing Orders only as shall not have been previously inquired into shall be proved. In cases where provisions are sought to be inserted upon petition for additional provision which were comprised in the original notices, but were not contained in the Bill as introduced into Parliament, the original notices shall not be held to apply to the additional provisions proposed to be inserted.

In the case of any Provisional Order Confirmation Bill in which provisions have been inserted in the House of Lords to which the Standing Orders of this House would apply if the Bill were a Private Bill, the Examiners shall inquire whether, in respect of such provisions, the Standing Orders have been complied with, and report to the House accordingly.

73. In all cases of Petitions for additional provision in Private Bills and Notice in cases of of Private Bills brought from the House of Lords, and of Bills introduced Petitions for addi. by leave of this House in lieu of other Bills which shall have been Private Bills, &c. withdrawn, the Examiner shall give at least Two clear Days' Notice in the Private Bill Office of the day on which the same will be examined ; and in the case of a Bill for confirming any Provisional Order or Certificate Two clear Days' Notice shall be given by the Promoters of the Bill in the Private Bill Office of the day on which the same will be examined, but such notice shall not be given until after the Bill has been printed and circulated.

74. Any parties shall be entitled to appear and to be heard by themselves, Memorial comtheir agents, and witnesses, upon a Memorial addressed to the Examiner, plaining of non

compliance. complaining

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Proceedings of complaining of a non-compliance with the Standing Orders, provided the

matter complained of be specifically stated in such Memorial, and the party (if any) who may be specially affected by the non-compliance with the Standing Orders have signed such Memorial and shall not have withdrawn his signature thereto, and such Memorial have been duly deposited in the Private Bill Office.

Locus standi of

under Orders 62 to 66.

75. In case any proprietor, shareholder, or member of or in any Company, Senting at meeting Society, Association, or Co-partnership shall by himself, or any person

authorized to act for him in that behalf, have dissented at any meeting called in pursuance of Standing Orders 62 to 66, such proprietor, shareholder, or member shall be permitted to be heard by the Examiner of Petitions, on the compliance with such Standing Order, by himself, his agents and witnesses, on a Memorial addressed to the · Examiner, such Memorial having been duly deposited in the Private Bill Office.

Proof by Affidavit.

76. THE Examiner may admit Affidavits in proof of the compliance with the Standing Orders, or may require further evidence; and such Affidavit sball be sworn, if in England or in Ireland, before a Justice of the Peace, or a Commissioner for Oaths, and if in Scotland, before any Sheriff Depute or his Substitute, or a Justice of the Peace.

Report in cases 77. The Examiner shall make a Report of the several cases in which he of Bills originating shall have certified that the Standing Orders have or have not been complied in the Lords.

with in respect of any Bills which in pursuance of any Report from the Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means, under Standing Order 79, shall originate in the House of Lords; and where they have not been complied with, he shall also report, separately, the facts upon which his decision is founded, and any special circumstances connected with the case.

Special Report in certain cases.

78. In case the Examiner shall feel doubts as to the due construction of any Standing Order in its application to a particular case, he shall make a Special Report of the facts, without deciding whether the Standing Order has or has not been complied with ; and in such case he shall indorse the Petition with the words “ Special Report,” either alone, or if non-compliances with other Standing Orders shall have been proved, in addition to the words

Standing Orders not complied with.”

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PROCEEDINGS OF, AND IN RELATION TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE

OF WAYS AND MEANS, AND THE COUNSEL TO MR. SPEAKER. Chairman of Ways 79. The Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means, or the Counsel and Means to seek to Mr. Speaker, shall, on or before the 28th day of January in each year, Chairmau of seek a conference with the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords,

or with his Counsel, for the purpose of determining in which House of Parliament the respective Private Bills should be first considered, and such determination shall be reported to The House.

Committees of
House of Lords.

Chairman of Ways and Means to examine all Private Bills, &c.

80. The Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means, with the assistance of the Counsel to Mr. Speaker, shall examine all Private Bills, whether opposed or unopposed, and call the attention of The House, and also of the Chairman of the Committee on every opposed Private Bill, to all points which may appear to him to require it ; and Copies of all such Bills shall be laid by the Agent before the said Chairman and Counsel not later than the day after the Examiner of Petitions shall have indorsed the Petition for the Bill.

Chairman of Ways and Means to report on Bills reTating to Gorernment Contracts.

81. The Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means shall make a report to the House previously to the Second Reading of any Private Bill by which it is intended to authorize, confirm, or alter any Contract with any department of the Government whereby a public charge has been or may be created ; and such Report, together with a Copy of the Contract, and of any

Resolution

and Means,

Resolution to be proposed in relation thereto, shall be circulated with the Proceedings of Votes Two clear days at least before the day on which the Resolution is to Chairman of Ways be considered in a Committee of the Whole House, which consideration shall not take place until after the time of Private Business ; nor shall the Report of any such Resolution be considered until Three clear Days at least after the Resolution shall have been agreed to by the Committee.

82. Two clear Days at least before the day appointed for the considera- Copies of Bill, as tion of any Private Bill by a Committee, there shall be laid before the proposed to be subChairman of Ways and Means and the Counsel to Mr. Speaker, by the mittee, to be laid Agent, Copies of every such Bill as proposed to be submitted to the before Chairman

of Ways and Means, Committee, and such Copies shall be signed by the Agent for the Bill.

83. The Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means shall be at Power to Chairman liberty, at any period after any Private Bill shall have been referred to circumstances, &c. a Committee, to report to the House any special circumstances relative to the House. thereto which may appear to him to require it, or to inform The House that in his opinion any unopposed Private Bill should be treated as an opposed Private Bill.

&c.

84. THREE clear Days at least before the consideration of any Private Copy of Bill as Bill ordered to lie upon the Table, a copy of every such Bill, as amended in amended in ComCommittee, shall be laid by the Agent before the Chairman of the Committee before Chairman of Ways and Means and the Counsel to Mr. Speaker, and deposited at of Ways and every office at which it was deposited uniler Standing Orders 33 and 34, or

Means, &c. would be required to be deposited under those Orders if it had been originally introduced as amended in Committee.

85. When it is intended to bring up any Clause, or to propose any Clause or AmendAmendment on the consideration of any Private Bill ordered to lie upon tien of 'Bill, or on the Table, or any verbal Amendment on the Third Reading of any Private Third Reading, to Bill, the same shall be submitted by the Agent to the Chairman of the be submitted to Committee of Ways and Means and the Counsel to Mr. Speaker, on the day and Means, &c. on which notice is given thereof in the Private Bill Office.

86. A COPY of all Amendments made in the House of Lords to any Copy of AmendPrivate Bill, and of all Amendments to such Amendments intended to be ments by House of

Lords, and of proproposed in this House, shall be laid by the Agent before the Chairman of posed Amendments the Committee of Ways and Means and the Counsel to Mr. Speaker, before thereto, to be laid Two o'clock on the day previous to that on which the same are respectively of Ways and appointed for consideration by the House.

Means, &c.

PROCEEDINGS OF, AND IN RELATION TO, THE REFEREES ON PRIVATE BILLS.

87. The Chairman of Ways and Means, and the Deputy Chairman, with Referees on Prinot less than Seven other persons, who shall be Members of this House, constituted. and shall be appointed by Mr. Speaker for such periods as he shall think fit, shall be Referees of The House on Private Bills, and shall have the assistance of the Counsel to Mr. Speaker ; such Referees to form one or more Courts, three at least to be required to constitute each Court.

88. The practice and procedure of the Referees, their times of sitting, Rules of practice order of business, and the forms and notices required in their proceedings, made by Chairman shall be prescribed by rules, to be framed by the Chairman of Ways and of Ways and Means, subject to alteration by him as occasion may require, but only one Means. Counsel shall appear before such Referees in support of a Private Bill, or in support of any Petition in opposition thereto, unless specially authorized by the Referees. All such rules and alterations, when made, to be laid on the Table of The House.

89. The Referees shall decide upon all Petitions against Private Bills, or Referees on Private against Provisional Orders, or Provisional Certificates, as to the rights of Bills to decide as to the Petitioners to be heard upon such Petitions, without prejudice, however, Petitioners.

to

Proceedings of to the power of the Select Committee to which the Bill is referred to decide on Private Bills. upon any question as to such rights arising incidentally in the course of

their proceedings.

PROCEEDINGS OF, AND IN RELATION TO, THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON

STANDING ORDERS.

Committee on
Standing Orders.

91. THERE shall be a Committee, to be designated “ THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON STANDING ORDERS,” to consist of Eleven Members, who shall be nominated at the commencement of every Session, of whom Five shall be a Quorum.

Report as to dispensing with Standing Orders in cases of noncompliance.

92. When any Report of the Examiner of Petitions for Private Bills, in which he shall report that the Standing Orders have not been complied with, shall have been referred to the Select Committee on Standing Orders, they shall report to The House whether such Standing Orders ought or ought not to be dispensed with, and whether in their opinion the parties should be permitted to proceed with their Bill, or any portion thereof, and under what (if any) conditions.

Report in cases of 93. The Select Committee on Standing Orders shall have power to report Bills originating in on the cases referred to them in respect of Private Bills originating in the Lords.

House of Lords, notwithstanding that the Petitions for the same shall not have been presented to The House.

Sessional or Stand

Proceeding in case 94. When any Special Report from the Examiner of Petitions as to the of Special Report. construction of a Standing Order shall have been referred to the Select

Committee on Standing Orders, they shall determine, according to their construction of the Standing Order, and on the facts stated in such Report, whether the Standing Orders have or have not been complied with, and they shall then either report to The House that the Standing Orders have been complied with, or shall proceed to consider the question of dispensing

with the Standing Orders, as the case may be. Report as to dis 95. When any Petition, praying that any of the Sessional or Standing pensing with Orders of The House relating to Private Bills may be dispensed with, shall ing Orders.

stand referred to the Select Committee on Standing Orders, they shall report to The House whether such Sessional or Standing Orders ought or ought

not to be dispensed with. Report as to 96. When any Petition for the re-insertion of any Petition for a Private

Bill in the General List of Petitions shall stand referred to the Select Committee on Standing Orders, they shall report to The House whether in their opinion such Petition ought or ought not to be re-inserted, and, if

re-inserted, under what (if any) conditions. Report in cases of 97. When any Clause or Amendment proposed on the consideration of any Amendment

Private Bill ordered to lie upon the Table shall have been referred to the proposed on consideration. Select Committee on Standing Orders, they shall report to the House

whether such Clause or Amendment should be adopted by The House or not, or whether the Bill should be re-committed.

l'e-insertion of Petitions.

PROCEEDINGS OF, AND IN RELATION TO, THE COMMITTEE OF SELECTION, AND OF

THE GENERAL COMMITTEE ON RAILWAY AND CANAL BILLS.

Committee of
Selection.

98. THERE shall be a Committee, to be designated " THE COMMITTEE OF SELECTION," to consist of the Chairman of the Select Committee on Standing 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

Proceedings of

Committee of 99. THERE shall be a Committee, to be designated “ THE GENERAL Com Selection, &c. MITTEE ON RAILWAY AND CANAL Bills,” which shall be nominated at the

General Committee commencement of every Session by the Committee of Selection, of which on Railway and Committee Three shall be a Quorum.

Canal Bills.

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 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 Bills to be lait 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.

mittee.

General Committee

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 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

General Committee 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 Committee. 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 on any Group of Bills not being Railway or Canal Bills ; and the General to name Bill or Committee on Railway and Canal Bills shall name the Bill or Bills which Bills to be con:

sidered on the first shall be taken into consideration on the first day of the meeting of each

day. Committee on any Group of such Bills.

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.

108. The Committee of Selection shall refer every opposed Private Bill, Committees on which shall have been referred to them, or any Group of such Bills, to a

opposed Private Chairman and Three Members, and a Referee or a Chairman and Three Members, not locally or otherwise interested therein.

Bills.

109. The Committee of Selection shall refer every unopposed Private Committees on Bill, which shall have been referred to them, to the Committee on mopposed Private Unopposed Bills, which shall be composed of five Members, namely,

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Bills.

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