After second reading

30.63The Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills may be ordered by the House to examine public bills to determine whether the standing orders relating to private business are applicable to them at other stages as well as before second reading.1 Thus, when a hybrid bill was amended in a committee to an extent which, if it had been a private bill, would have required a petition for additional provision, the bill was referred to the Examiners on a motion moved by a member of the Government.2 When the Lords (as second House) similarly widened the scope of a hybrid bill, they communicated to the Commons that they had referred the amendments concerned to the Examiners;3 and on a motion moved by a member of the Government the amendments set out in the Lords message were referred to the Examiners.4 Where a hybrid bill was under consideration in a select committee, the Examiners reported that, in the case of certain amendments proposed in the committee, the standing orders had not been complied with in respect of time, and the Standing Orders Committee reported that the standing orders ought to be dispensed with.5


  1. 1. For examples: Police Bill (a bill ruled to be prima facie hybrid and referred to the Examiners after its second reading had been entered upon), CJ (1997–98) 376, 378; a bill ruled to be prima facie hybrid only after it passed its committee stage, a motion to dispense with standing orders was agreed to and a subsequent motion to refer the bill to a select committee was negatived, HC Deb (1975–76) 912, c 445; CJ (1975–76) 355, 359, 416.
  2. 2. CJ (1957–58) 147.
  3. 3. CJ (1986–87) 363–64; ibid (1992–93) 502–3.
  4. 4. CJ (1987–88) 46; ibid (1992–93) 553, 626. In the latter instance, the Standing Orders Committee, in agreeing that the standing orders should be dispensed with in respect of Lords amendments to the Cardiff Bay Barrage Bill, added a rider that in general amendments of this kind should be made in the first House (HC 728i–xii (1994–95) p 195).
  5. 5. CJ (2006–07) 576, 591 (Crossrail Bill).