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(if any), soliciting a bill, are entered in the "private bill chapter
register," in the Private Bill Office, which is open to public
Members Besides these regulations, there are certain disqualifica
of the tions for parliamentary agency. Members may not be qualified as agents; and, in compliance with a recommendation of a agenn. select committee of the House of Commons of 1835, no officer or clerk belonging to the establishment is allowed to transact private business before the house, for his emolument or advantage, either directly or indirectly.1
1 Parly. Bop. No. 648 of 1833, p. II. 878-9; and Beport, etc., (No.
9; No. 606, of 1835, pp. 17. 19. 360) of Joint Committee of 1876 on
Cf. also 85 C. J. 107; Clifford's Parliamentary Agency.
Chapter CHAPTER XXVII.
COURSE OF PROCEEDINGS UPON PRIVATE BILLS IS THE HOUSE
Contents, 0F COMMONS: WITH THE RULES, ORDERS, AND PRACTICE
The proceedings in the House of Commons upon a private Progress of
It has been stated elsewhere, that the public business General
Office, at specified times, by the agents soliciting the bills, etc. (pri-
1 100 C. J. 423; 101 ib. 167; 106 ib. 75; 107 ib. 157; 122 ib. 66; 133
Notices All notices are open to inspection in the Private Bill chapter the'votes? Office: but for the sake of greater publicity and convenience, XXYn they are also printed with the votes; and members and parties interested are thus as •well acquainted with the private business set down for each sitting, as with the public notices and orders of the day. What to be The time at which matters relating to private bills are private considered by the house has already been stated in the business. chapter describing the general transaction of business.1 To entitle a motion to be heard at the time of private business, it must relate to a private bill before the house, or strictly to private business in some other form. Motions for the amendment of the standing orders relative to private business, and matters indirectly connected with the private business of the house, are also taken into consideration at the time of private business.2 Conduct of The forms and proceedings in the offices of the house, members, connected with the progress of a bill, are managed by the agent (or by a solicitor who has entered his name as agent) for the bill, and by the officers of the house: but, in the house itself, orders upon a private bill are obtained by a motion made by a member and a question proposed and put, in the usual manner, from the chair; and, except when opposed (see pp. 235. 730. 835), motions relating to private bills are subject to the general rules of the house regarding motions (see p. 277). "Private Every vote of the house upon a private bill is entered in Registers." the votes and journals; and, in the Private Bill Office, s. 0. 227. Begisters are also kept, which are open tD public inspection
1 Supra, pp. 283-4. relate directly to the subject-matter
- 109 C. J. 396, &c.; and cf. infra, of private bills arid not to the genc
pp. 720-7. On the 30th April, 1895, ral conduct of the companies who
a proposed amendment to one of the promote the bills (33 Pari. Deb.
standing orders relative to private 4 s. 116-118). Similarly, a proposed
business was not permitted to be general instruction to all commit
moved at the time of private busi- tees on Railway Bills has not been
ness, on the ground that it dealt permitted to be moved at the time
simply with general questions re- of private business, on the ground
lating to the conduct of railway that the proposed motion raised a
companies, Mr. Speaker stating question of general policy (Mr.
that amendments to these standing Speaker's private ruling 26th March,
orders, if taken at this time, must 1895).
Chapter daily, and in which all the proceedings, from the petition to
XXYI1, the passing of the bill, are recorded. The entries in these
Registers specify briefly each day's proceedings before the
Examiners, or in the house, or in any committee to which
the bill may be referred. As every proceeding is entered
under the name of the particular bill to which it refers, it
can be immediately referred to, and the exact state of the
bill discovered at a glance.
After these explanations, the proceedings in the house Proceedings on
may be described, without interruption, precisely in the private order in which they usually occur. bl"s*
Formerly—up to and including the year 1908 1—the petition for a private bill had not only to be deposited, as at present, in the Private Bill Office, but had also to be presented to the house by a member within a specified time after its endorsement by the Examiner. If the standing orders had been complied with, the bill was at once ordered to be brought in, and it was presented, not later than one clear day after the presentation of the petition, by being deposited in the Private Bill Office. If the standing orders had not been complied with, both the petition for the bill and the Examiner's report were referred to the Standing Orders Committee; and, if that committee reported that the standing orders should be dispensed with, the bill itself was similarly ordered to be brought in, and was similarly presented, not later than one clear day after the house (by agreeing to the committee's resolution) had given parties leave to proceed with the bill.
Now, however, in those cases where the Examiner has Private bill endorsed the petition for a bill " standing orders complied ^ *" "jgg" with," the bill itself is presented by being laid on the table of the house,2 not later than one clear day after such endorsement; or if, when so endorsed, the house should not be sitting, then not later than one clear day after the first
1 The alterations of the standing is not now made, the term order of orders regulating the presentation leave is still familiarly used to of private bills were made on the denote the purposes — comprised 80th July, 1908, 158 C. J. 369. within the notices and petition for
2 Although the order " That leave the hill—for which any such bill be given to bring in" a private bill provides.
subsequent sitting; and in ease the bouse should not sit on
Where the Examiner has reported that the standing orders have not been complied with, his report is referred to the Select Committee on Standing Orders; and when this committee have reported that the standing orders ought to be dispensed with, the bill is presented by being laid on the table of the house not later than one clear day after the house, acting on the report of the Standing Orders Committee, has given leave to the parties to proceed with the s. 0.195. bill. On the day previous to the day fixed for their being laid upon the table of the house, all private bills must be deposited in the Private Bill Office; and they are laid on the table of the house by one of the clerks of that office.
standing The Committee on Standing Orders1 is a sessional corn-
committee, mittee, appointed by standing order No. 91 which pro-
reports _ _ *
referred to examiners of petitions for private bills in which they
1 As to the Standing Orders Com- * 159 C. J. 26; &e.