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Contents of subscription contract and deposit of money.

Contract to be

entered into sub

previous session

facts, and setting forth the means by which funds are to be obtained for executing the work, and signed by the party or agent soliciting the bill, together with an estimate of the probable amount of such rates, duties, or revenues, signed by the person making the same, may be substituted in lieu of the subscription contract, and in addition to the estimate of the expense.

4. That every subscription contract shall contain the christian and surname, description and place of abode of every subscriber, his signature to the amount of his subscription, with the amount which he has paid up, and the name of the party witnessing such signature, and the date of the same respectively; and that, as respects all bills except railway bills, it be proved to the satisfaction of the committee before whom the compliance with the standing orders shall be proved, that a sum equal to one-twentieth part of the amount subscribed, and as respects railway bills a sum equal to one-tenth of the amount subscribed, has been deposited with the Court of Chancery in England, if the work is intended to be done in England, or with the Court of Chancery in England, or the Court of Exchequer in Scotland, if such work is intended to be done in Scotland, or with the Court of Chancery in Ireland, if such work is intended to be done in Ireland: Provided that the above order, so far as respects the sum of money to be deposited, shall not apply to any railway bills which have been before Parliament during the present session, and which may again be introduced in the next session; but with respect to such bills a sum equal to one-twentieth of the amount subscribed shall be deposited as before provided in cases of bills other than railway bills. (See 1 & 2 Vict. c. 117).

5. That no subscription contract, as respects railway bills, shall be sequent to close of valid unless it be entered into subsequent to the commencement of the session of Parliament previous to that in which application is made for the bill to which it relates; nor, as respects other bills, unless it be entered into subsequently to the close of the session previous to that in which application is made for the bill to which it relates; nor shall any subscription contract be valid unless the parties subscribing to it bind themselves, their heirs, executors, and administrators, for the payment of the money so subscribed.

Subscription contract to be printed and deposited.

6. That, previous to the second reading of the bill, copies of the subscription contract, with the names of the subscribers arranged in alphabetical order, and the amount of the deposit respectively paid by each such subscriber, or where a declaration and estimate of the pro

bable amount of rates and duties are substituted in lieu of a subscription contract, copies of such declaration and estimate, be printed at the expense of the promoters of the bill, and be delivered at the office of the clerk of the Parliament for the use of this House.

7. That (except in cases where notices are required to be affixed Notices. on church doors, and also, except in cases where a written acknowledgment is allowed as evidence of such notice or application) no notice given or application made on a Sunday, or Christmas-day, or before eight o'clock in the forenoon, or after eight o'clock in the afternoon of any day, shall be deemed valid. Emendat. per Ord. 11 Augusti, 1842. Emendat, per Ord. 8 Augusti, 1844. Emendat. per Ord. 7 Augusti, 1845.

Further Standing Order with respect to Bills for the Incorporation of
Companies, to be proved as hereinbefore mentioned.

That, when in any bill to be hereafter introduced into this House
for the purpose of establishing a company for carrying on any work
or undertaking in the name of any person or persons shall be intro-
duced as manager, director, proprietor, or otherwise concerned in car-
rying such bill into effect, proof shall be required before the com-
mittee before which the compliance with the standing orders shall be
proved, that the said person or persons have subscribed their names to
the petition for the said bill or to a printed copy of the said bill, as
brought up or introduced into the House.
Emendat. per Ord. 27 Augusti, 1846.
No. 226 does not relate to railway bills.

Additional Standing Orders for Bills for Railways included in the Second Class of Bills, to be proved before the Committee on Standing Orders.


1. That, in the case of railway bills, a copy of all plans, sections, and books of reference required by the orders of the House to be deposited in the office of any clerk of the peace, or sheriff clerk, on or before the thirtieth day of November immediately preceding the session of Parliament in which application for the bill shall be made, together with a published map to a scale of not less than half an inch



Plans, &c. to be

deposited at the

Board of Trade.

Copy of bill to be deposited at the Board of Trade.

Distances to be marked on plan,

to a mile, with the line of railway delineated thereon, so as to shew its general course and direction, shall on or before the same day be deposited in the office of the railway department of the Board of Trade. 2. That, in the case of railway bills, a copy of every bill as brought into the House of Lords be deposited in the office of the railway department of the Board of Trade.

3. That the plan shall exhibit thereon the distances in miles and and memorandum furlongs from one of the termini, and a memorandum of the radius of every curve not exceeding one mile in length shall be noted on the plan in miles, furlongs, and chains.

of curves.

Line of railway to correspond with upper surface of rails.

Vertical measure to be marked at change of gradients.

Height of railway over or under

surface to be

marked at every


4. That in every section of a railway the line marked thereon shall correspond with the upper surface of the rails.

5. That distances on the datum line shall be marked in miles and furlongs to correspond with those on the plan; that a vertical measure from the datum line to the line of the railway shall be marked in feet and inches at each change of the gradient or inclination; and that the proportion or rate of inclination between each such change shall also be marked.

6. That the height of the railway over or under the surface of every turnpike road, public carriage road, navigable river, canal, or railway crossing of a road, or junction with a railway, and the height and span of every arch of all bridges and viaducts, shall be marked in figures at every crossing thereof; and the extreme height over or under the surface of the ground shall be marked for every embankment and cutting; and if any alteration in the present level or rate of inclination of any turnpike road, carriage road, or railway be intended, then the same shall be stated on the said section, and each numbered; also that cross sections in reference to the said numbers, on a horizontal scale of one inch to every three hundred and thirty feet, and on a vertical scale of one inch to every forty feet, shall be added to explain the nature of such alterations more clearly.

Tunnelling and arching to be marked.

7. That where tunnelling as a substitute for open cutting, or a viaduct as a substitute for solid embankment, be intended, the tunnelling shall be marked by a dotted line on the plan, and shall also be marked on the section; and the viaduct shall be marked on the section.

Emendat. per Ord. 11 Augusti, 1842.
Emendat. per Ord. 8 Augusti, 1844.

Emendat. per Ord. 7 Augusti, 1845.

Nos. 228 to 231 inclusive do not apply to railways.

Standing Orders with regard to Bills of the Second Class, except Bills for Turnpike Roads and Railways, to be proved before the Committee on the Bill.



1. That, where the level of any road shall be altered in making any Level of roads. work, the ascent of any turnpike road shall not be more than one foot in thirty feet, and of any other public carriage road not more than one foot in twenty feet; and that a good and sufficient fence of four feet high at the least shall be made on each side of every bridge which shall be erected.

2. That, in case the work intended to be carried into effect under the authority of the bill shall not have been completed, so as to answer the object of such bill, within a time to be limited, all the powers and authorities thereby given shall thenceforth cease and determine, save only as to so much of such work as shall have been completed within such time, with such provisions and qualifications as the nature of the case shall require. Emendat. per Ord. 8 Augusti, 1844.

Time to be limited

for the completion

of the work.

Standing Orders with regard to the Proceedings of Committees on Railway Bills, to be proved before the Committee on the Bill, who are directed to report specially thereupon.


I. That committees on railway bills do inquire into the following matters, and that they report specially thereupon, except in the cases hereafter provided:

1. As to the proposed capital of the company formed for the execution of the project, and the amount of any loans which they may be empowered to raise by the bill; the amount of shares subscribed for, and the deposits paid thereon; the names and places of residence of the directors or provisional committee, with the amount of shares taken by each; the number of shareholders who may be considered as having a local interest in the line, and the amount of capital subscribed for by them; and the number of other parties and the capital taken by them; a statement of the number of shareholders subscribing for 20007. and upwards, with their names and residences, and the amount for which they have subscribed.

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2. Whether the proposed railroad be a complete and integral line between the termini specified, or a part of a more extended plan now in contemplation, and likely to be hereafter submitted to Parliament, and to what extent the calculations of remuneration depend on such contemplated extension of the line.

3. That, in the case of a railway bill, the committee report specially, whether any report from the Board of Trade in regard to the bill, or the objects thereby proposed to be authorised, has been referred by the House to the committee, and, if so, whether any and what recommendations contained in such report have been adopted by the committee, and whether any and what recommendations contained in such report have been rejected.

4. To state what planes on the railway are proposed to be worked, either by assistant engines, stationary or locomotive, with the respective lengths and inclinations of such planes.

5. To advert to any peculiar engineering difficulties in the proposed line, and to report the manner in which it is intended they should be


6. To state the length, breadth, and height, and means of ventilation of any proposed tunnels, and whether the strata through which they are to pass are favourable or otherwise.

7. To state whether, in the lines proposed, the gradients and curves are generally favourable, or otherwise, and the steepest gradient, exclusive of the inclined planes above referred to, and the smallest radius of a curve.

8. To state the length of the main line of the proposed line of the railroad, and of its branches respectively.

9. To state generally the fitness, in an engineering point of view, of the projected line of railroad.

10. If it be intended that the railroad should pass on a level any turnpike road or highway, to call the particular attention of the House to that circumstance.

11. To state the amount of the estimates of the cost or other expenses to be incurred up to the time of the completion of the railway, and whether they appear to be supported by evidence, and to be fully adequate for the purpose.

12. To state what is the estimated charge of the annual expenses of the railroad when completed, and how far the calculations on which the charge is estimated have been sufficiently proved.

13. Whether the calculations proved in evidence before the com

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