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Standing Orders (Private Business)

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

Motion on Standing Orders

Moved By

That the standing orders relating to private business be amended as follows:

Standing Order 151 (Personal bills defined)

Leave out paragraph (2) and insert:

“(2) The proceedings in this House in respect to personal bills shall be subject to the provisions of Standing Orders 152-174, and to such general or special directions (if any) as may be given from time to time by the Chairman of Committees.”

Standing Order 154 (Appointment and duties of Personal Bills Committee)

Leave out Standing Order 154

Standing Order 155 (Petitions for personal bills affecting private interests in Scotland to be referred to two judges of the Court of Session)

Leave out Standing Order 155

Standing Order 156 (No personal bill to be read a first time until Personal Bills Committee has reported)

Leave out Standing Order 156

Standing Order 157 (Personal bills to be delivered to all persons concerned)

Leave out paragraph (1) and insert:

“(1) Subject to any directions given by the Chairman of Committees a copy of every personal bill introduced into this House shall be delivered before the second reading to every person concerned in the bill.”

Standing Order 159 (Interval between second reading and committee)

Leave out Standing Order 159 and insert:

“No committee shall sit upon any personal bill until ten days after the second reading.”

Standing Order 166 (In other cases all persons interested to consent)

Leave out paragraph (2) and insert:

“(2) The consent of any such parties shall not be required if the committee on the bill consider that their consent may be dispensed with on account of remoteness of interest, or for any other reason.”

Standing Order 167 (Appointment of guardian or protector of minor interested in personal bill)

Leave out paragraph (2)

Standing Order 171 (Consent to personal bills relative to estates in Scotland)

Leave out Standing Order 171

Standing Order 172 (Such consent to be personal, or disability to attend proved)

Leave out Standing Order 172.

My Lords, this Motion, and the following two Motions in the name of the noble Baroness the Leader of the House, formally implement the recommendations of the Procedure Committee which were agreed to yesterday. The changes to private business standing orders give effect to the abolition of the Personal Bills Committee. The changes to public business and judicial standing orders are the necessary consequence of the establishment of the Supreme Court and the ending of the House’s judicial function. In case noble Lords are curious about why I am moving the first Motion and the Leader of the House is moving the others, the reason is that as Chairman of Committees I am responsible for the conduct of private business, whereas the Leader of the House conventionally takes responsibility for all other procedural matters. The second and third Motions are therefore in her name. I beg to move.

Motion agreed.