Withdrawal of bills in Commons

43.16In the House of Commons, when a bill has been presented and read the first time and any order as to its further stages has been made, if the promoters do not wish to proceed, that order is discharged by the House and a further order to withdraw the bill is made.1 If the promoters decide not to proceed further with a petition for a bill after the Examiner has reported non-compliance with the standing orders and the report has been referred to the Standing Orders Committee, an order is made by the House discharging the reference to the Committee and withdrawing the petition for the bill.2 In another case, the promoters informed the Standing Orders Committee that they did not intend to proceed with their bill, and the Committee reported the fact to the House.3 Where no such reference has been made, the promoters inform the Private Bill Office of their intention not to proceed, and a notice to that effect appears in the Private Business Notice Paper.4

If the bill has originated in the Lords, no order is made by the House for its withdrawal, but the order for the second reading or other stage is discharged;5 and a notice may also appear in the Private Business Notice Paper that the bill will not be further proceeded with.6 For withdrawal of bills in the House of Lords, see para 46.40.


  1. 1. CJ (1988–89) 495; ibid (1990–91) 226, 404; ibid (1992–93) 559; ibid (1993–94) 491; ibid (1999–2000) 592.
  2. 2. CJ (1928–29) 122.
  3. 3. CJ (1905) 38.
  4. 4. Private Business (1991–92) 192; ibid (1994–95) 277; (1995–96) 115; (1997–98) 51, 53; (1999–2000) 357; (2004–05) 9; (2007–08) 209, 213.
  5. 5. Barmouth Urban District Council Bill [Lords], CJ (1938–39) 327; Mountbatten Estate Bill [Lords], ibid (1948–49) 291.
  6. 6. Private Business (1994–95) 277.