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Chapter etc., bill, by the general committee-to the Committee s. 0. 109.
on Unopposed Bills, which consists of five members, viz."
the com opposed bill unless—within the time appointed, by standing mittee of
selection order No. 128, for the presenting of petitions against bills— regard als a petition has been presented against it, in which the opposed.
S. O. 107, petitioners pray to be heard by themselves, their counsel, 128. 83. or agents; or unless the chairman of ways and means reports to the house that any unopposed private bill ought to be treated as opposed (infra, p. 753). Each member of a committee on an opposed private bill, Members
of conor group of such bills, before he is entitled to attend and mittees on vote, is required to sign a declaration “that his con- bilis stituents have no local interest, and that he has no per
sign declasonal interest” in the bill; "and that he will never vote s. 0. 117. on any question which may arise without having duly heard and attended to the evidence relating thereto." In the case of an unopposed private bill, no member of the and on un
opposed committee on the bill who is locally or otherwise interested bills not to
h : vote when may vote on any question that may arise, although he is locall entitled to attend and take part in the committee's interested.
S. 0. 138. proceedings. Under standing order No. 110, the committee of selec- Notice to
be given to tion is required to give each member
to serve on “Not less than seven days' notice, by publication in the votes or committee. otherwise, of the week in which it will be necessary for him to be in S. 0. 110.
1 The quorum of this committee personally interested, may act as is three.
chairman of the committee. In the absence of the chair- ? Cf. supra, p. 378. man of ways and means, or in See also p. 789, for the proceedcase he is locally or personally ings of the committee on uninterested in the bill, the deputy opposed bills. And for unopposed chairman, or the next member in bills in the Lords, see pp. 849-850. rotation, who is not so locally or
attendance for the purpose of serving, if required, as a member, not Chapter locally or otherwise interested, of a committee on a private bill." XXVII.
And by standing order No. 111
“The committee of selection shall give to each member sufficient notice of his appointment as a member of a committee on any private bill, or group of such bills, and, in every case where a declaration is required to be signed and returned by such member, shall transmit to him a blank form of the declaration required, with a request that it may furthwith be returned properly filled up and signed.”
Members If a member neglect to return the declaration in due
ordered to attend the committee on the bill; 1 or to attend
for his neglect, he will be ordered to attend the committee.?
excuse, they will require him to serve upon a committee;
incompatible with those duties. But the house ordered Case of Mr. him to attend the railway committee. In 1846 the com
mittee of selection, not being satisfied with the excuses of
· 103 C. J. 590. 627; 115 ib. 138 ; standing order (No. 122) under 117 ib. 91 ; 120 ib. 369 (in this case which a report must be made to no order was made).
the house of the absence of mem2 115 C. J. 94, 99. 106.
bers of committees. .: See infra, p. 756, as to the 100 C. J. 399; 80 H. D. 3 s. 166.
Chapter the committee on the following day. Being again absent,
his absence was again reported; he attended in his place
The committee of selection have the power of discharging
tortin One memother members. On the 4th May, 1869, two members tuted for
another. were added by the house to the committee on a group of s. 0. 113. private bills, but without the power of voting.2
An interval of six dayş is required to elapse between the second reading of erery private bill and the first sitting of second
reading of the committee, except in the case of name bills, naturaliza- private bill tion bills, and estate bills (not relating to the Crown, church commit or corporation property, &c.), when there are to be three s. 0. 211. clear days between the second reading and the committee. Subject to this general order, the committee of selection, sitting of or, in the case of railway and canal bills, the general com.co
como fised. mittee-fix the time for holding the first sitting of the s. 0. 105. committee on every private bill.
Cases of In all these matters the committee of selection ordinarily departure proceed in compliance with the standing orders; but where from
Mere ordinary any departure from the standing orders, or the usual procedure
in commit. practice of the committee, is deemed advisable, or where, ment of for any other reason, a particular mode of dealing with Dilicat any bills is desired by the house, special orders have been made, or special directions to the committee of selection have been given. For example, the house has directed the committee of selection to refer two or more bills to the same committee, or to form all the bills of a certain class into one group ; 4 to refer a bill to another committee ; 5 to remove a bill from a group, and refer it to a separate
1 101 C. J. 566. 582. 603 ; special to attend, see 155 C.J. 297. 305; 157 Rep. of committee of selection, ib. 382; 158 ib. 197; 160 ib. 67. 24th April, 1846 ; 85 H. D. 3 s. 1071. ? 124 C. J. 177. Cf. also supra, p. 1152. 1292. 1300. 1351; and 86 ib. 404. 966, 1198.
100 C. J. 95. 224 ; 101 ib. 460 For recent cases in which mem- 106 ib. 280; 124 ib. 48. 63. bers, reported absent from a private - 104 C. J. 248. bill committee, have been ordered - 100 C. J. 607.
committee ; 1 to withdraw a bill from one group and place it Chapter
committee on the bill to sit and proceed forthwith.8 Some-
the house and partly by the committee of selection, or
1 105 C. J. 351.
2 Thames Embankment Bill, and Thames Embankment (Chelsea) Bill, 1868.
Transferences such as those mentioned are now more generally carried out by the committee of selection without directions from
withont directions from the house.
3 Rock Life Assurance Company Bill, 1869, 124 C. J. 137.
+ 120 C. J. 405; 121 ib. 490; 122
S 103 C. J. 700; 105 ib. 513; 107 ib. 300.
• 105 C. J. 72. 84; 106 ib. 67.
; 109 C. J. 406; 111 ib. 256; 113 ib. 119. 254. 303.
8 110 C. J. 279.
10 126 C. J. 59. 65; and cf. 122 C. J. 65.
11 133 C. J. 52,
by the house and five by the committee of selection) to XXVII, whom all bills promoted by the London water companies
were committed. And other private bills have been referred to select committees of eleven members, six to be nominated by the house, and five by the committee of selection; 2 or of nine members of whom five or four were nominated by the house, and four or five by the committee of selection ; 8 or of seven members, all nominated by the committee of selection. In 1882 a private bill was committed to the select committee on a public bill ; 5 and several private bills for electric lighting were referred to the select committee, consisting of fifteen members (nine nominated by the house and six by the committee of selection), upon a public (Electric Lighting) bill. In the session of 1882 all private bills promoted by local authorities and relating to Police or Sanitary regulations were for the first time referred, by an order of the house, to a select committee specially constituted for their consideration by the
1 151 C. J. 116. 117.
? London Streets and Buildings Bill, 1894 ; 149 C. J. 56.
3 Manchester Corporation Water Bill, 1878 (133 C. J. 62); Liverpool Corporation Water Bill, 1880, (135 ib. 175); London Improve ments and London County Council (General Powers) Bills, 1893 (148 ib. 233. 84); London Water (Transfer) Bills, 1895 (150 ib. 53. 57. 163); Bel. fast Corporation Bill, 1896 (151 ib. 80); Fishguard and Rosslare Rail ways, &c., Bill, 1898 (153 ib. 172); Great Southern and Western, and other Irish Railways, Bills, 1899 (154 ib. 89); and South Eastern and Lon. don, Chatham and Dover Railway Companies Bill, 1899 (154 ib. 96).
In other cases a motion has been made to commit a private bill to a committee constituted in a similar manner, but has been negatived (127 C. J. 75; 128 ib. 73; &c.). Unless the question for committing & private bill to such an excep. tionally constituted committee is put and agreed to, the bill stands referred to the committee of selec
tion, or the General Committee, in the ordinary way.
In 1868 all bills relating to gas companies in the metropolis were referred to a select committee of five members, whom the committee of selection were afterwards ordered to nominate; and a hybrid bill, the Metropolis Gas Bill, was recommitted to this committee (123 C. J. 66. 74. 126). In 1867 the Gas Light and Coke, and the Imperial Gas, Companies' Bills were committed to & specially constituted committee to whom the Metropolitan Gas (a public) Bill had been recommitted (122 C. J. 205. 207. 209) ; and again, in 1875, certain gas bills were referred to the select committee (nominated partly by the house and partly by the committee of selection) on the Metropolis Gas Companies (hybrid) Bill (130 C. J. 216).
- 155 C. J. 101.
5 London Parochial Charities (private) Bill and Parochial Chari. ties (London) (a public) Bill, 1882, 137 C. J. 55. 56. 89.
6 137 C. J. 142. 165.