Stages taken by mistake

45.33Where a bill has been read a second time by mistake the order then made ‘That the bill be now read a second time’ has been discharged on a later day, and another day appointed for the second reading,1 or the bill has been referred back to the Examiners.2 An order for committal has also been discharged, and the bill referred to the Examiners.3 In similar circumstances the proceedings on consideration of a bill have been declared null and void, and another day has been appointed for its consideration.4


  1. 1. CJ (1872) 135; ibid (1884) 57.
  2. 2. CJ (1875) 72; ibid (1878) 61.
  3. 3. CJ (1945–46) 192.
  4. 4. CJ (1912–13) 186; ibid (1927) 270. On 17 January 1990, proceedings on consideration of the Bromley London Borough Council (Crystal Palace) Bill were declared null and void after the promoters had omitted to give notice of their intention to move an amendment: CJ (1989–90) 113.