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THE ORDERS REGULATING THE PRACTICE IN THE PRIVATE
227. REGISTERS shall be kept in “ The PrivaTE BILL OFFICE,” in which Private Bill Office shall be entered by the Clerks appointed for the business of that' Office the and Registers. Name and Place of Residence of the Parliamentary Agent in Town, and of the Agent in the Country (if any) soliciting the Bill; and all the Proceedings, from the Petition to the passing of the Bill :—Such Entries to specify, briefly, each day's Proceeding before the Examiners of Petitions respectively, or in The House, or in any Committee to which the Bill may be referred; the day and hour on which the Examiner or the Committee is appointed to sit; the day and hour to which the Proceedings before such Examiners or Committee may be adjourned, and the name of the Clerk attending the same. Such Registers to be open to public inspection daily in the said Office.
228. The receipt of all Documents required by the Standing Orders of Receipt of DocuThe House to be deposited in the Private Bill Office shall be acknowledged ment to be
acknowledged. by one of the Clerks of the said Office, upon the said Documents, when deposited.
229. A List of all Petitions for Private Bills shall be kept in the Private List of Petitions Bill Office in the order of their deposit, according to such regulations as to be kept. shall have been made by Mr. Speaker, which shall be called the “ General List of Petitions," and each Petition therein shall be numbered.
230. All Memorials complaining of non-compliance with the Standiny Memorials, when Orders, in reference to Petitions for Bills deposited in the Private Bill to be deposited. Office on or before the 17th December, shall be deposited as follows :--
If the same relate to Petitions for Bills numbered in the General List of Petitions
231. All Memorials shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office before Deposit of MemoSix of the clock in the evening of any day on which The House shall sit, rials and copies and between Eleven and One of the clock on any day on which The House Bill Office. shall not sit ; and Two copies of every such Memorial shall be deposited for the use of the Examiners before Twelve of the clock on the following day.
232. Every Memorial complaining of non-compliance with the Standing Time for depositing Orders of The House in reference to Petitions for additional provision in Memorials in
certain cases, &c. Private Bills, to Bills brought from the House of Lords and to Bills introduced by leave of this House in lieu of other Bills which shall have been withdrawn, and to Bills for confirming any Provisional Order or Provisional Certificate, shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office, together with Two Copies thereof, before Twelve o'clock on the day preceding that appointed. for the examination of any such Petition or Bill by the Examiner ; and the Examiner shall be at liberty to entertain such Memorial, although the party (if any) who may be specially affected by the non-compliance with the Standing Orders shall not have signed the same.
Practice in the
Custody of Bills.
233. Every Private Bill, after it has been read the First Time, shall be in the custody of the Clerks of the Private Bill Office, until laid upon the Table for the Second Reading ; and when committed, shall be taken by the proper Committee Clerk into his charge till reported.
234. BETWEEN the First and Second Reading of every Private Bill, the Bill shall be examined, with all practicable despatch, by the Clerks of the Private Bill Office, as to its conformity with the Rules and Standing Orders of The House.
Notice of Second
235. Three clear Days' Notice in writing shall be given by the Agent for the Bill, to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office, of the day proposed for the Second Reading of every Private Bill ; and no such Notice shall be given until the day after that on which the Bill has been ordered to be read a second tiine.
236. Four clear Days' Notice in the case of Opposed Bills, and One clear Committee.
Day's Notice in the case of Unopposed and Re-committed Bills, shall be given
Private Bill on the day on which such postponement is made.
to be submitted to the Committee on the Bill, and in the case of a re-
clear day before the meeting of the Committee.
Clerks in the Private Bill Office, of the day and hour to which each
Notice of consideration of Bill.
239. One clear Day's Notice, in writing, shall be given by the Agent for the Bill, to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office, of the day proposed for the consideration of every Private Bill ordered to lie upon the Table.
Bill as amended in Committee to be delivered in.
240. The Committee Clerk, after the Report is made out, shall deliver in to the Private Bill Office a printed Copy of the Bill, with the written Amendments made in the Committee; in which Bill all the Clauses added by the Committee shall be regularly inarked in those parts of the Bill wherein they are to be inserted.
Bill printed as amended, to be examined.
241. Every Private Bill printed as amended in Committee, shall be examined by the Clerks in the Private Bill Office, with the Bill delivered in by the Committee Clerk, and the Examining Clerks shall indorse thereon a certificate of such examination.
Notice to be given of Clauses, &c. on consideration of Bill, or verbal Amendment on Third Reading
242. When it is intended to bring up any Clause or to propose any Amendment on the consideration of any Private Bill ordered to lie upon the Table, or any verbal Amendment on the Third Reading of any Private Bill, Notice shall be given thereof, in the Private Bill Office, One clear Day previous to such consideration or Third Reading.
243. One clear Day's Notice, in writing, shall be given by the Agent for the Bill, to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office, of the day proposed for the
Notice of Third
Third Reading of every Private Bill; and no such Notice shall be given
Practice in the
244. The Amendments (if any) which are made on the consideration of Amendments on any Private Bill, ordered to lie upon the Table, and on the Third Reading Bins and Third
of of any Private Bill, and also such Amendments made by the House of Reading. Lords as shall have been agreed to by this House, shall be entered by one of the Clerks in the Private Bill Office, upon the printed Copy of the Bill as amended in Committee; which Clerk shall sign the said Copy so amended, in order to its being deposited and preserved in the said Ofiice.
245. Every Private Bill, after it has been printed fair shall, before the Private Bills sent same is sent to the Lords, be examined by the Clerks in the Private Bill to the Lords to be Office with the Bill as read a third time; and the Examining Clerks shaii Certificate of Exindorse thereon a certificate of such examination.
246. WHEN Amendments made by the House of Lords to any Private Notice of consideraBill are to be taken into consideration, One clear Day's Notice shall be tion of Lords given thereof in the Private Bill Office, and if any Amendments be intended to be proposed thereto, a copy of such Amendments shall also be deposited, and Notice given thereof, One clear Day previous to the same being proposed to be taken into consideration; and no such Notice shall be given until the day after that on which such Bill shall have been returned from the House of Lords.
247. All Notices required to be given or Deposits to be made in the Private Time for delivering Bill Office shall be delivered in the said Office before Six of the clock in the Notices. Evening of any day on which The House shall sit, and between Eleven and
of the clock on any day on which The House shall not sit; and after any day on which The House shall have adjourned beyond the following day, no Notice shall be given for the first day on which it shall again sit.
248. The Clerks in the Private Bill Office shall prepare, daily, Lists of Daily Lists of all Private Bills, and Petitions for Private Bills upon which'any Committee Committees sitting. or Examiner is appointed to sit ; specifying the hour of meeting, and the Room where the Committee or Examiner shall sit; and the same shall be hung up in the Lobby of the House.
249. Every Plan, and Book of Reference thereto, which shall be certified Plans to be verified by The Speaker of The House of Commons, in pursuance of any Act of 26 Mr. Speaker Parliament, shall previously be ascertained, and verified in such manner as shall be deemed most advisable by The Speaker, to be exactly conformable in all respects to the Plan and Book of Reference which shall have been signed by the Chairman of the Committee upon the Bill.