Power of committee to make amendments

45.8A committee on a private bill is precluded from admitting provisions which are beyond the scope of the bill as delimited by the clauses and schedules annexed to the petition for the bill. It is within its competence, however, to make amendments in the bill which are within those purposes, though such amendments, necessarily, must not enlarge the powers sought by the bill. One of the chief effects of this rule is to prevent the insertion by a committee of provisions affecting the property and interests of persons who would have been entitled to object if such provisions had been included in the bill as originally deposited. Where, after a bill has been presented, it is desired to insert such provisions, the promoters are required to proceed by petition for additional provision (see para 43.15 ), and opponents, therefore, are given an opportunity to voice their objections.