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185. Certificate of examination.
159. Notice of con-
160. Time for delivering notices.
161. Daily list of committees' sitting.
162. Plans, &c., to be verified as Mr. Speaker shall di
158. That no private bill be read a third time until a certificate is indorsed upon the paper bill, and signed by one or more of the examiners of ingrossments, declaring that the ingrossment thereof has been examined and agrees with the bill, as amended in committee, and on the consideration of the report.
159. That, when amendments made by the House of Lords to any private bill sent up to them are to be taken into consideration, notice be given thereof in the Private Bill Office, the day previous to the same being proposed to be taken into consideration.
160. That all notices required to be given in the Private Bill Office be delivered in the said office before six of the clock in the evening of any day on which the House shall sit, and before two of the clock on any day on which the House shall not sit; and that after any day on which the House shall have adjourned beyond the following day, no notice shall be given for the first day on which it shall again sit. 161. That the clerks in the Private Bill Office do prepare, daily, lists of all private bills, and petitions for private bills upon which any committee or examiner is appointed to sit; specifying the hour of meeting; and the room where the committee or examiner shall sit; and that the same be hung up in the lobby of the House.
162. That every plan, and book of reference thereto, which shall be certified by the Speaker of the House of Commons, in pursuance of any act of Parliament, shall previously be ascertained, and verified in such manner as shall be deemed most advisable by the Speaker, to be exactly conformable in all respects to the plan and book of reference which shall have been signed by the chairman of the committee upon the bill.
4. Standing Orders of the HOUSE OF LORDS, A. D., 1847, so far as they relate to Railway Bills and the Committees to which they are referred (a).
First class does not relate to railway bills.
Second class (inter alia) refers to bills for "making, maintaining, varying, extending, or enlarging any railway."
Third class refers to bills "continuing or amending any act passed
(a) The Standing Orders to 218 inclusive, are not applicable to railway bills.
for any of the purposes included in this or the two preceding classes, where no further work than such as was authorised by a former act is proposed to be made."
Emendat. per Ord. 11 Augusti, 1842.
219. Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled,
That all the standing orders relative to railway bills heretofore in existence be repealed.
The Committee for Standing Orders.
That, at the commencement of every session of Parliament, a stand- To be appointed ing order committee shall be appointed, consisting of forty lords, besides the chairman of the committees of the House of Lords, who shall be always chairman of such standing order committee. That three of the lords so appointed, including the chairman, shall Quorum. be a quorum.
That, previous to the second reading of any private bill relating to such railways as are included in the second class, and previously to the sitting of the committee on any opposed bill included in any of the three classes above mentioned, except bills for such railways as aforesaid, such bill shall be referred to the standing order committee, before which the compliance with such of the standing orders as are hereafter required to be proved before the standing order committee shall be proved.
That any parties shall be at liberty to appear, and to be heard by themselves, their agents, and witnesses, upon any petition which may be referred to the standing order committee, complaining of a noncompliance with the standing orders, provided the matter complained of be specifically stated in such petition, and that such petition be presented on or before the second day after the introduction of the bill into this House.
That such committee shall report whether the standing orders have been complied with; and if it shall appear to the committee that they have not been complied with, they shall state the facts upon which their decision is founded, and any special circumstances connected with the case, and also their opinion as to the propriety of dispensing with any of the standing orders in such case.
the Standing Or
ders in the case of
railway and op
posed bills to be proved before committee.
Parties may be
heard upon petition, provided the
of be specifically
That three clear days' notice be given of the meeting of such com- Notice of meeting. mittee.
That no committee on any private bill relating to such railways as Committee on railway and op
posed bills not to examine into compliance with Standing Orders.
are included in the second class, or of any other bill included in any of the three classes above mentioned which shall be opposed, shall have power to examine into the compliance with the standing orders, the compliance with which is required to be proved before the standing order committee.
Committee upon Opposed Bills (a).
That no opposed private bill included in any of the three classes of bills hereinbefore mentioned be referred to an open committee.
That every such private bill which shall be opposed be referred to a select committee of five, who shall choose their own chairman. That every one of such committee of five do attend the proceedings of the committee during the whole continuance thereof.
That no lord who is not one of the five do take any part of the proceedings in the committee.
That the lords be exempted from serving on the committee on any private bill wherein they shall have any interest.
That lords be excused from serving for any special reasons to be approved of in each case by the House.
That the chairman of the committees and four other lords to be named by the House be appointed a committee to select and propose to the House the names of the five lords to form a select committee for the consideration of each such opposed private bill.
That the select committee of five be not named to the House on the same day on which the opposed private bill is read a second time. That the committee to whom any such opposed private bill is committed shall not meet later than eleven o'clock every morning, and sit till four, and shall not adjourn at an earlier hour without specially reporting the cause of such adjournment to the House at its next meeting, nor adjourn over any days except Saturday and Sunday, Christmas-day and Good Friday, without leave of the House.
That if any member of such committee is prevented from continuing his attendance, the committee shall adjourn, and report the cause of such member absenting himself to the House at its next meeting, and shall not resume its sittings without leave of the House.
Die Martis, 23 Junii, 1840.
ORDERED, That the lord appointed to take the chair in all commit
(a) See No. 234, sect. 3, post.
tees be at liberty, in any case on which he shall think fit, to report to the House his opinion, that any unopposed bill on which he shall sit as chairman should be proceeded with as an opposed bill.
Die Jovis, 8 Augusti, 1844.
ORDERED, That in case of railway bills, if any report, made under the authority of the Board of Trade, upon any bill or the objects thereof, be laid before the House, such report shall be referred to the committee on the bill.
Die Jovis, 19 Martii, 1846.
ORDERED, That no petition praying to be heard upon the merits against any second-class railway bill shall be received by this House, unless the same be presented on or before the day on which such bill shall be read a second time.
Die Jovis, 16 Augusti, 1838.
Standing Orders, the Compliance with which must be proved before the Standing Order Committee in all Bills for Railways included in the Second Class, and in any other Bill included in any of the Three Classes which may be opposed, and before the Committee on the Bill in any other Case.
1. That notices shall be given in all cases where application is in- Notices of applitended to be made for a bill relating to the subjects included in any
of the three classes above mentioned.
2. That such notices shall be published in three successive weeks Notices to be pubin the months of October and November, or either of them, immediately preceding the session of Parliament in which application for the bill shall be made, in the London, Edinburgh, or Dublin Gazette, as the case may be, and in some one and the same newspaper of the county in which the city, town, or lands to which such bill relates shall be situate; or if there be no newspaper published therein, then in the newspaper of some county adjoining or near thereto; or if such bill do not relate to any particular city, town, or lands, in the London, Edinburgh, or Dublin Gazette only, as the case may be.
3. That, if it be the intention of the parties applying for a bill to obtain powers for the compulsory purchase of lands, or houses, or to levy any tolls, rates, or duties, or to alter any existing tolls, rates, or
Intention to purhouses, or to levy
chase lands or
or alter tolls, to be
Application to be made to owners, lessees, and occupiers, and lists made.
The service of applications to owners, &c., may be proved by agent.
Proceedings where bills empower company to exe. cute work other than that for
which it was established.
duties, or to confer, vary, or extinguish any exemptions from payment of tolls, rates, or duties, the notices shall specify such intention. 4. That, on or before the 31st day of December immediately preceding the application for a bill by which any lands or houses are intended to be taken, or an extension of the time granted by any former act for that purpose is sought for, application in writing (and in cases of bills included in the second class, in the form, as near as may be, set forth in the Form A. (a)) be made to the owners or reputed owners, lessees or reputed lessees, and occupiers, either by delivering the same personally, or by leaving the same at their usual place of abode, or, in their absence from the United Kingdom, with their agents respectively, of which application the production of a written acknowledgment by the party applied to shall, in the absence of other proof, be sufficient evidence; and that separate lists be made of such owners, lessees, and occupiers, distinguishing which of them have assented, dissented, or are neuter in respect thereto.
5. That the service of every application required to be made to the owners or reputed owners, lessees or reputed lessees, and occupiers, by the fourth paragraph of the said standing order, may, unless a petition complaining of the want of due service of such application shall have been referred to the standing order committee, be proved by the evidence of the agent or solicitor for the bill, stating that he gave directions for the service of such application in the manner and within the time required by the standing orders, and that he believes that such application was so served; but in case the standing order committee shall not be satisfied with the evidence of the agent or solicitor, the service of such application shall be proved in the usual
6. That no bill to empower any company already constituted by act of Parliament to execute, undertake, or contribute towards any work other than that for which it was originally established, shall be allowed to proceed unless the committee on standing orders, when such bill shall be referred to that committee, or unless the committee on the bill when the compliance with the standing orders is to be proved before such committee, shall have specially reported,
1st. That a draft of the proposed bill was submitted to a meeting of the proprietors of such company at a meeting held specially for that purpose:
2nd. That such meeting was called by advertisement inserted for
(a) The Form A. here referred to, is in substance similar to the form required by the Commons' Orders; see ante, 35.