Bills which have not complied with the standing orders

30.60If the Examiners conclude that the standing orders, compliance with which would have to be proved before them, are applicable to the bill, and report that those standing orders have not been complied with, the report is referred to the Standing Orders Committee (see paras 43.9–43.10 );1 the order of the day relating to the bill remains on the paper, with a note that the bill is to be reported on by the Standing Orders Committee. No further action can be taken on the bill in the House until the report is received.2 If the Standing Orders Committee reports that the standing orders ought not to be dispensed with, no further proceedings can take place on the bill.3


  1. 1. For example, Crystal Palace Bill, CJ (2000–01) 331; Crossrail Bill, ibid (2004–05) 237; High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill, Votes and Proceedings, 12 September 2017.
  2. 2. For the reference to the Standing Orders Committee of a petition against dispensing with standing orders, notwithstanding that the petitioners had not presented a memorial to the Examiners as required by SO 107A, see CJ (1985–86) 345.
  3. 3. SO No 61. Cardiff Bay Barrage (No 2) Bill, CJ (1990–91) 570; Crystal Palace Bill, CJ (2000–01) 352. (In each of these cases the Report of the Standing Orders Committee was ordered to lie upon the Table, and the bill was not further proceeded with; but no order was made formally to discharge second reading of the bill.) For a case where the Standing Orders Committee reported that they declined to reach a decision, and the House ordered standing orders to be dispensed with, see CJ (1985–86) 371, 386. For a case where (at a later stage of a bill) the House ordered dispensation with standing orders notwithstanding that the Committee had recommended that they be not dispensed with, see CJ (1987–88) 55, 69, 77.