Submission of bills to the Chairman of Ways and Means

45.14The duty of the Chairman of Ways and Means under Standing Order 82 to examine all private bills, whether opposed or unopposed, with the assistance of the Counsel to the Speaker, has already been described (see para 43.12 ). Under Standing Order 85 they are at liberty, at any time, to report any special circumstance regarding any private bill,1 or to inform the House that any unopposed bill should be treated as an opposed bill2 (see also para 45.10 ). For this reason, the agent is required to lay copies of the original bill before the Chairman of Ways and Means and the Speaker's Counsel. Standing Order 84 also provides that one clear day before the day appointed for the consideration of the bill by a committee, copies of the bill, as proposed to be submitted to the committee, must be laid before the Chairman and Counsel, signed by the agent, together with copies of any of the estimates and statements deposited in accordance with Standing Orders 45 or 46. Copies of opposed or recommitted bills must be so laid at least two clear days before the day appointed for the consideration of the bill in committee. In the House of Lords, copies of the bill, as proposed to be submitted to the committee on the bill in the Commons, are also laid before the Senior Deputy Speaker and their counsel; and a simultaneous examination of the bill is consequently undertaken in both Houses. Amendments are suggested or required by the authorities in both Houses, which are either agreed to at once by the promoters, or after discussion are insisted upon, modified, or dispensed with.

Footnotes

  1. CJ (1935–36) 220, 223; ibid (1939–40) 163; ibid (1960–61) 87; ibid (1961–62) 137; ibid (1975–76) 412; ibid (1976–77) 157; Reports on Private Bills (1957–58) p 157.
  2. CJ (1930–31) 267, 299, 336; ibid (1931–32) 164; ibid (1932–33) 67; ibid (1935–36) 309; ibid (1955–56) 295; ibid (1977–78) 168.