Rules as to amendments proposed to be moved on consideration, etc of bill

45.27When the promoters intend to offer any clause, or to propose any amendment on the consideration of any private bill ordered to lie upon the Table—or any verbal amendment on third reading—notice is required, under Standing Order 204, to be given to the Clerk in the Private Bill Office, not less than one clear day previously. These are published in the Private Business Notice Paper. New clauses or amendments are tabled by Members in the Private Bill Office, and the notice of their tabling also appears in the Private Business Notice Paper.

New clauses or amendments may be introduced on the consideration of a private bill, subject to the restrictions imposed by Standing Order 182, which requires certain amendments proposed by the promoters first to be referred to the Standing Orders Committee, and by Standing Order No 75 (Public) and Standing Order 175, which when read together provide that no amendment may be proposed on report which could not have been made in committee except upon petition for additional provision; and by the practice of the House regarding charges upon the people (see para 28.113, 36.2 ).

Standing Order 184 stipulates that, on the third reading of a private bill, only verbal amendments may be made.1

If a clause or amendment on consideration is referred to the Standing Orders Committee, there can be no further proceeding until its report has been brought up.2 The report must state whether or not the clause or amendment may properly be adopted by the House, or whether the bill should be re-committed.

Footnotes

  1. 1. The last occasion on which a verbal amendment was made on third reading was on 31 October 1995, to the London Local Authorities (No 2) Bill [Lords], CJ (1994–95) 530.
  2. 2. SO 182 and 107.