Unopposed bills referred by the Senior Deputy Speaker to a select committee

46.14Under Standing Order 92 the Senior Deputy Speaker may refer an unopposed bill to a select committee.1 This standing order has been interpreted as giving power to the Senior Deputy Speaker to refer parts of a bill to a select committee, including unopposed parts of opposed bills.2

Where a select committee is considering an unopposed bill thus remitted to it by the Senior Deputy Speaker, the promoters are frequently represented only by their agents, though in other respects, so far as applicable, the procedure appropriate to an opposed bill is followed.


  1. 1. Severn-Trent Water Authority Bill, LJ (1982–83) 298.
  2. 2. London County Council (General Powers) Bill, LJ (1955–56) 74; London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No 2) Bill (HL Minutes of Proceedings, 23 February 2009); City of Westminster [Lords] Bill (HL Minutes of Proceedings, 19 July 2010).