‘Filled-up’ bill to be deposited
45.13Before the sitting of a committee on a private bill, the agent is required to deposit in the Private Bill Office a ‘filled-up’ bill, showing the amendments proposed to be submitted to the committee, and signed by the agent, two clear days before the meeting of a committee on an opposed bill, and the day before the meeting of a committee on an unopposed bill. A copy of the proposed amendments is also to be provided by the promoters, one clear day before the sitting of the committee, to parties petitioning against the bill who ask for it. Copies of the ‘filled-up bill’ are also to be provided to each Member at the first meeting of the committee. It is also published online. The amendments are not binding on the committee, which has discretion whether or not to accept them; however, where they result from an agreement between promoters and petitioners, or parties who might otherwise have petitioned, it is usual for the committee to accept them.1
Frequently in committees on opposed bills, the promoters, after hearing the evidence, propose substantial amendments to meet points raised by petitioners.2 Where these have been accepted by the committee, they are published as part of its proceedings.