Erskine May's treatise on the law, privileges, proceedings, and usage of Parliament / editor, Sir Malcolm Jack ; deputy editor, Mark Hutton ; assistant editors, Douglas Miller [and others].

May, Thomas Erskine, 1815-1886.
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Treatise on the law, privileges, proceedings, and usage of Parliament
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Treatise on the law, privileges, proceedings, and usage of Parliament
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Parliamentary practice
24th ed.
London ; Markham, Ont. : LexisNexis, 2011.
lxiv, 1097 pages ; 26 cm
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The eponymous guide to parliamentary practice and procedure, 'Erskine May' provides accurate and detailed information on the constituent parts of parliament, its powers and jurisdictions, membership of either house, financial procedure and the process of debate.
Machine generated contents note: pt. 1 CONSTITUTION AND ORGANIZATION OF PARLIAMENT
ch. 1 constituent parts of Parliament
Limitations of prerogative
Prerogative in connection with Parliament
House of Commons
Medieval and early modern representation: England and Wales
Great Britain and the United Kingdom
England and Wales
Ireland and Northern Ireland
House of Lords
Lords Spiritual
Lords Temporal
Peers of Ireland
Palace of Westminster
General arrangements
Chambers of the two House
Places of Members
Access to the Houses of Parliament
Admission of non-Members
Intrusion of persons other than Members into the Chamber
Exclusion of the public from the galleries
Withdrawal of the public during a division
Misconduct of the public in the galleries
History of Parliament Trust
ch. 2 Elections
Disqualification of electors
Registration of electors
Electoral registration officers
Postal and proxy voting
electoral timetable and holding of elections
Re-election of the Speaker at a general election
Election campaigns
New writs
Vacancies during a session
Period for presenting petitions
Vacancy by peerage
Supersedeas to writs
Provisions of the Recess Elections Act 1975
Mental illness or imprisonment
Appointment of Members to issue writs
Manner of issue of writs
Return of writs
Correction of error in return
Failure to make return to writ
Trial of controverted elections
Procedure under the Representation of the People Act 1983
Proceedings of the House in matters of election
Proceedings of House upon determination of election trials
Corrupt practices
Electoral Commission
ch. 3 Disqualification for membership of either House
Disqualifications for membership of the House of Commons
Persons under 18
Mental disorder
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Other crimes
Corrupt practices at elections
Returning officers
Disqualification of certain office-holders
Public service disqualification
Civil Service
armed forces
Members of legislatures outside the Commonwealth
Disqualification by particular office
Judicial office
Bodies of which all members are disqualified
Other disqualifying offices
Offices disqualifying for particular constituencies
Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead
Effect and disregard of disqualification
Jurisdiction of the Privy Council in disqualification
Ministerial office
Amendment of House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975
Disqualifications for membership of the House of Lords
Persons under 21
Membership of the European Parliament
Disqualifying judicial office
Mental Health Act 1983
Disqualification by sentence of the House
ch. 4 Members and Officers of Parliament
Attendance of Members
Leave of absence
House of Commons
Party machinery
Official Opposition
Leader of the House of Commons
Constitution and financing of party machinery
Duties of Whips
Payment of Members
Increase in salaries of Members
Conditions of payment
Members' expenses
Members' Fund
Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund
Association of Former Members
Officers of the Commons
Speaker of the House of Commons
Speaker as representative of the House of Commons
In relation to the Queen
In relation to the Lords
In relation to outside authorities
rank of the Speaker
Speaker as presiding officer of the House of Commons
Duties of the Speaker in relation to the business of the House
Speaker's powers by usage
Speaker's powers under Standing Order
Speaker's administrative duties
Duties under statute
Functions of office after dissolution and during prorogation
Speakers' Conferences on Electoral Law
Resignation of Speaker
Deputy Speakers
Chairman of Ways and Means
Resignation of the Chairman of Ways and Means
Deputy Chairmen of Ways and Means
Temporary appointment of a Member to act as Deputy Chairman
Temporary chairmen
Chairmen in Westminster Hall
Additional salaries paid to certain Members
Salary of the Speaker
Salaries of Chairman and Deputy Chairmen of Ways and Means
Salaries of Leader of Opposition and Opposition Whips
Payment for chairs of committees
House of Lords
Financial support for Members of the House of Lords
Officers of the Lords
Lord Speaker
Election of Lord Speaker
Role of the Lord Speaker
Chairman of Committees
Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees
Deputy Speakers and Deputy Chairmen of Committees
Salary of the Lord Speaker, Chairman and the Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees
Party machinery in the Lords
Financial assistance to opposition parties
ch. 5 Rules governing the conduct of Members of both Houses and the disclosure of financial interests
House of Commons
Code of Conduct
Committee on Standards and Privileges
Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Disclosure and registration of personal financial interest
Register of Members' Financial Interests
Agreements for the provision of services
Lobbying for reward or consideration (the advocacy rule)
Declaration of interest in debate
Declaration in other proceedings of the House
Declaration in select committees
Other declarations
Committees on opposed private bills
Votes on matters where Members have a financial interest
Motions to disallow votes
Objections overruled by the Chair
Personal interest in votes on questions of public policy
Personal interest in votes on private bills
Procedural motions: no interest involved
Complaints and investigations
Other registers
House of Lords
Oversight and advice
General principles and rules of conduct
Paid advocacy
`seven general principles of conduct'
Participation in proceedings
Registration and declaration of interests
Private bills
Financial support, facilities and services
House of Lords Commissioner for Standards
Consideration by the Sub-Committee on Lords' Conduct
Report to the Committee for Privileges and Conduct and appeal
Report to the House
Lords' staff
Members and employees of public boards
6 Administration of Parliament and the Parliamentary Estate
Administration of both Houses
House of Commons
House of Commons Commission
Members' Estimate Committee
Finance and Services Committee
Audit Committees
Management Board
Principal Permanent Officers of the Commons
Crown appointments
Clerk of the House
Clerk Assistant
Serjeant at Arms
Offices reporting directly to the Clerk of the House
Office of the Chief Executive
Speaker's Counsel
Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Departments in the House of Commons
Department of Chamber and Committee Services
Clerk Assistant's Directorate
Legislation Directorate
Committee Directorate
Serjeant at Arms Directorate
Official Report Directorate
Department of Facilities
Department of Finance
Department of Human Resources and Change
Department of Information Services
Research and Information Services for Members
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Information Management
Public Information
Media and Communications Service
Web and Intranet Service
Speaker's personal staff
Shorthand writer: Lords and Commons
House of Lords
Administration and staff of the Lords
Overview of the Administration
Clerk of the Parliaments
Clerk Assistant and Reading Clerk
Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Serjeant-at-Arms
Offices in the House of Lords
Clerk of the Parliaments
Corporate Services
Financial Resources
Human Resources
Information Services
Parliamentary Services
Support Services
Joint Department for Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology (PICT)
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
Other statutory offices
Comptroller and Auditor General
Public Accounts Commission
Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration
Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
ch. 7 Parliamentary papers and publications
Business Papers
House of Commons
Vote Bundle
Order Paper
Votes and Proceedings
House of Lords
House of Lords Business
Journals of the House of Lords
Official Reports of Debates in the Lords and Commons
Commons' Official Report
Lords' Official Report
Papers presented to Parliament
Command Papers
Act Papers
Presentation of papers
Contingent liabilities
Ratification of Treaties
Other papers, not presented to Parliament
Printing and distribution of papers
Parliamentary papers
Printing of papers
Electronic publication
Non-parliamentary publications
European Union publications
Data protection
Freedom of information.
Note continued: Broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings
Editorial control
Retention of records
ch. 8 new Parliament and opening and closing of session
Parliamentary and sessional periods
Summons of Parliament
Date and place of meeting of Parliament
Dissolution of Parliament
Prorogation and adjournment
Effect of prorogation
Effect of adjournment
Procedure of prorogation
Alteration of the opening of Parliament after prorogation
Meeting of Parliament postponed
Meeting of Parliament accelerated during prorogation
Demise of the Crown
Recall of Parliament during adjournment
Meeting of a new Parliament
Certificate of return
Black Rod attends the Commons
Commons attend in the House of Lords
Election of a Speaker by the Commons
Speaker elect returns thanks
Royal approbation of the Speaker elect
Claim to privileges
Election of Speaker in course of session
Taking the Oath
Oath in the Commons
Oath in the Lords
Oath on demise of Crown
Manner of taking the oath or making the affirmation required by law
Time for taking the oath
Penalties for omission to take the oath
Subscription of oath and affirmation
Election of Deputy Speakers in the Commons
Opening of new session
Opening by Queen in person
Opening by Commission
Report of Queen's Speech
Business taken before consideration of Queen's speech
Bill read pro forma
Other business
Address in reply to Queen's Speech
Presentation of Address
Her Majesty's answer
ch. 9 Formal communications between Crown and Parliament and between Lords and Commons
Communications between Crown and Parliament
Communications from the Crown to Parliament
Communications by messages under the sign manual
Other forms of communication
Queen's pleasure
Queen's recommendation
Queen's consent on bills
Queen's consent withheld or not signified
Acknowledgement of messages from the Crown
Messages under the sign manual, etc
On royal pleasure, etc being signified
Communications to the Crown originating in Parliament
Addresses to the Crown
Subjects of Addresses
Mode of presentation of Addresses
Addresses made in the Sovereign's absence
Answers to Addresses
Communications with the royal family
Communications between the Lords and the Commons
ch. 10 Parliament and international assemblies
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Council of Europe
Representation and credentials
Assembly of Western European Union
Western European Union
NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Inter-Parliamentary Union
British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly
ch. 11 Power and jurisdiction of Parliament
Extent of the prerogative of the Crown in reference to Parliament
Principal power of the Commons
Rights and functions of the House of Lords
Judicial functions of the House of Lords
Peerage claims
Extent of legislative authority of Parliament
European Communities Act 1972
Powers of the Houses in relation to each other
Northern Ireland
Convention on legislating on devolved matters
`self-denying ordinance'
Penal jurisdiction of both Houses
Power of both Houses to secure attendance of persons on matters of privilege
Committal without a warrant
Warrants of committal
Period of committal and discharge
Punishment of non-Members other than by committal
Reprimand or admonition
Prosecution of offenders
Punishment of Members: House of Commons
Reprimand or admonition
Suspension and the salary of Members
Procedural fairness
Punishment of Members: House of Lords
Power to summon witnesses
Ministerial accountability to Parliament
ch. 12 privilege of Parliament
What constitutes privilege
Lords: privileges of Parliament and of peerage
Historical development of privilege
Freedom of speech
Freedom from arrest
Freedom of access
Favourable construction
Privilege with respect to membership of the House
Modern application of privilege law
ch. 13 Privilege of freedom of speech
Freedom of speech in debate
Publication of debates or proceedings
Publication outside Parliament of proceedings and debates in Parliament
Exclusive cognizance
Pepper v Hart
Article IX of the Bill of Rights
`Impeached' and `questioned'
`Proceedings in Parliament'
`Court or place out of Parliament'
Implied amendment, etc
Proceedings, precincts and criminal acts
ch. 14 Privilege of freedom from arrest
Criminal law and statutory detention
House to be informed of arrests
House to be informed of sentences for criminal offences
Statutory detention
Detention under mental health legislation
Other statutory detention
Contempt of court
Privileges related to freedom from arrest
Admissibility of Members as bail
Members summoned as witnesses
Exemption from jury service
Duration of the privilege of freedom from arrest
House of Commons
House of Lords
Privilege extending beyond Members
ch. 15 Contempts
Misconduct in presence of either House or a committee
Members of the public
Disobedience to rules or orders of either House or of a committee
General and particular rules
Petitions and other documents
Misconduct of Members or officers
Members deliberately misleading the House
Corruption or impropriety
Professional services connected with proceedings
Other misconduct by Members
Misconduct by officers
Constructive contempts
Reflections on either House
Publication of false or perverted reports of debates
Premature publication or disclosure of committee proceedings
Other indignities offered to either House
Obstructing Members of either House in the discharge of their duty
Molestation, reflections and intimidation
Improper influence
Misrepresenting Members
Obstructing oficers of either House
Obstruction or molestation
Legal proceedings against officers, or affecting the House
Obstructing witnesses and others
Molestation of or interference with witnesses
Tampering with witnesses
Legal proceedings against witnesses
Contempt, petitioners and constituents
Petitioners, etc
Constituents and others
ch. 16 Complaints of breach of privilege or contempt
Raising a complaint
Hearing of counsel
Consideration of reports of committees on complaints
Proceedings against Members
Complaints against Members or officers of the other House
Complaints reported by committees
Complaints by officers of either House
Disclosure following Secret Session
ch. 17 courts and parliamentary privilege
opposing views
First phase of the conflict
second phase: the nineteenth century
Early and mid-twentieth century
later twentieth century
Strauss case and the reference to the Judicial Committee
Bilston Corporation v Wolverhampton Corporation
Dingle v Associated Newspapers
Stourton v Stourton
Church of Scientology v Johnson-Smith
British Railways Board v Pickin
Anderson Strathclyde
Australian Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987
Pepper v Hart
Ex p Rees-Mogg
Prebble v TV New Zealand
Defamation Act 1996
Hamilton v Al Fayed
twenty-first century
v The United Kingdom
Jackson v Attorney-General
Reliance on parliamentary proceedings
Role of the Courts and the House of Commons: the Attorney-General's view
new Privileges Act?
18 sitting: general arrangements in the House of Commons
Days and hours of sitting and rising
Broken sittings
Commencement of sitting delayed
Extraordinary sittings and adjournments
Attendance of Parliament at Divine service
Attendance of Parliament at certain royal ceremonies
Extraordinary adjournments
moment of interruption
Interruption of business
Dilatory motions and closure
Transaction of business after moment of interruption
Disposal of questions pending at moment of interruption
Procedure in committee on questions pending at interruption of business
Certain motions after interruption of business
Business not disposed of before the termination of a sitting
Business exempted under various standing orders
Proceedings under Acts of Parliament
Proceedings on European Union documents
Exemption of specified business by order of the House
Suspension of a sitting
Adjournment of the House, after question put
Adjournment of the House, without question put
On Saturday and Sunday
Adjournment in cases of grave disorder
Adjournment beyond the next day of sitting
Quorum of the House
Interruptions of business
Proceedings in secret session
Appearance of Members and peers before the Commons
Sittings in Westminster Hall
Hours of sitting
ch. 19 control and distribution of time in the House of Commons
time available to the House in a session.
Note continued: length of a session
Times of sitting
Times at which the House normally sits
Arrangement of sittings
Division of sittings between public and other business
Time available for business other than public business
Business taken before the commencement of public business
Opposed private business
Main varieties of public business
Substantive motions
Delegated legislation and European Union documents
Financial business
Control of time in the House
Basis and nature of the Government's control
allocation of time to opposition and backbench business and private Members' bills
Backbench business
Private Members' bills
Order of precedence of private Members' bills
Westminster Hall
Opposition time
Business taken in government time
government programme
Address in reply to the Queen's speech
Other forms of Addresses to the Queen
Government bills
Financial business
Consideration of Estimates
Money resolutions and Ways and Means business
Other business related to financial matters
Delegated legislation, etc, and European Union documents
Instruments subject to affirmative resolution procedure
Instruments subject to negative resolution procedure
Instruments subject to cognate procedures
Legislative reform orders
European Union documents
Other government business
Government motions
General debates
Topical debates
Substantive motions for the adjournment
Adjournment motions moved by a Minister
Extraordinary adjournments
Daily adjournments
Motions under Standing Order No 24
Private Members' business taken in government time
Matters of privilege
Motions under Standing Order No 23 (the `Ten Minute Rule')
Committee of Selection
Church of England Measures
Miscellaneous private Members' business taken in government time
Confidence motions
ch. 20 Outline of the business of the House of Commons
Differences in order of business between Fridays and other days
Order of business
Business taken immediately after prayers
Report of Queen's answers to Addresses
Formal communications by the Speaker
Motions for new writs
Private business
Notice paper of private business
Time for taking unopposed private business
Time for taking opposed private business
Motions for unopposed returns
Questions for oral answer and answers to oral and written questions
Time for asking questions
Notice of questions
Questions for oral answer
Questions for written answer
Withdrawal of questions
Deferral of questions, etc
Speaker's control of questions
Limitation of number of questions
Persons to whom questions may be addressed
Questions to the Speaker
Questions to Ministers
Questions to private Members
Rules of order regarding form and contents of questions
Argument and disorderly expressions
Factual basis
Personal reflections
Royal family
Royal prerogative
Ministerial responsibility
Parliamentary business
Questions already answered, or to which an answer has been refused
Decisions of either House
Matters sub judice
Manner of asking oral questions
Oral answers and supplementary questions
Printed answers
Urgent questions
Business taken after questions
Ministerial statements
Introduction of new Members
Proposals to hold an emergency debate under Standing Order No 24
Ceremonial speeches
Personal statements
Matters relating to privilege
Business taken `at the commencement of public business'
Presentation of public bills under Standing Order No 57
Government motions relating to committees
Government motions regulating the business and sittings of the House
Motions for leave to bring in bills or for nomination of select committees under Standing Order No 23
Privilege motions admitting of notice
Orders of the day and notices of motion
Reading of the orders of the day
Procedure upon orders of the day
Deferment of orders and motions
Orders of the day not to be brought forward to an earlier date
Orders of the day not reached before the adjournment of the House
Discharge of orders of the day
Procedure on notices of motion
Unexpected ending of business and dropped orders
Superseded orders
Renewal of notices of motion
Transaction of business as a matter of course
Business motions under Standing Order No 15(2)
Business exempted under Standing Orders Nos 15(1) and 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents)
Presentation of public petitions
Adjournment motions under Standing Order No 9(7)
Rules on daily adjournment motions under Standing Order No 9(7)
General restrictions on debate on motions for the adjournment of the House
ch. 21 process of debate in the House of Commons by motion, question and decision
Substantive and subsidiary motions
Rules regulating notices of motion
Manner of giving notice
Period of notice
Change of day for a motion
Motions made without notice
Waiver of the requirement for notice
Change of terms of notice of motion
Withdrawal of notice
Rules governing the form and subject-matter of motions
Matters which may be raised only on a substantive motion
Matters awaiting judicial decision
Matters already decided during the same session
rule against anticipation
Length of motions
Manner of dealing with irregular notices of motion
Alterations in the terms of question from terms of motion
Moving of motions
Proposal of motions
Motions debated together
Seconding of motions
Proposal of question upon a motion
Withdrawal of motions
Superseding the question
Use of motion for adjournment of House or of debate
Restrictions on motions for adjournment of House or of debate
Use of the previous question
Consideration interrupted
Complicated questions
Conclusion of debate
Object of an amendment and effect on debate
Amendments superseding a question
Amendments modifying a question
Selection of amendments
Notice of amendments to motions
Questions proposed on amendments
Rejection both of amendment and original question
Rules with respect to form and content of amendments
Amendments to be relevant
Amendments to be intelligible
Other restrictions on contents of amendments
Amendment to words added to, or inserted in, question, out of order
Certain stock forms of questions not amendable
Order of amendments
Order in which amendments are considered
Amendments to proposed amendments
Decisions and divisions
Putting of question at close of debate
Voice and vote
Procedure on a division
Declaration of numbers
Divisions unnecessarily claimed
Irregularities discovered at the time of a division
Division bells not rung, or not rung correctly
Confusion over question
Failure of teller to attend in lobby
Absence of tellers during part of a division
Failure of tellers to return to the Chamber
Tellers count at wrong lobbies
Member tells though not nominated
Irregularity in locking the doors
Members not allowed to vote
Members enter lobby after order given to lock the doors
Disagreement between tellers
Tellers' miscount
Tellers voting
Errors discovered after a division
Members not counted by tellers, or prevented from voting
Member wrongly counted as having voted
Members voting in the wrong lobby
Members voting in both lobbies
Member voting twice in the same lobby
Time and manner of dealing with errors in a division
Publication of division lists
Casting vote of Speaker
Principles on which Speaker gives casting vote
Mr Speaker Addington's decision of 1796
Mr Speaker Denison's decisions of 1861 and 1867
Mr Speaker Denison's decision of 1860
Casting vote of Chairman in Committee of the whole House or in public bill committee
Deferred divisions
Orders and resolutions
Orders and resolutions agreed to nemine contradicente
Reversal of decisions by discharge, repeal, annulment and
Discharge of an order
Addresses to the Crown
Proceedings null and void
Rescission of resolutions
Restrictions on power of rescission
Notice necessary to rescind a resolution
Modification of resolution
Reversal of decision
ch. 22 Maintenance of order during debates in the House of Commons
Rules governing the manner and time of speaking
Manner of speaking
Reading speeches
Place of speaking
Time of speaking
Precedence in speaking
New Members
Precedence on resuming an adjourned debate
Restriction of speeches
Members to speak only once to a question
Relaxation of rule on consideration of bill
Right of reply
Power to speak again when new question is proposed
Speech on point of order
Length of speeches
Rules governing the contents of speeches
Relevance in debate
Debate on dilatory motions
Motions for adjournment of the House
Reference to proceedings in general and select committees
References to debates in House of Lords
References to Queen in debate
Disloyal or disrespectful reference to Queen
Use of Queen's name to influence debate
Matters awaiting judicial decision.
Note continued: Reflections on Sovereign, etc
Personal allusions and unparliamentary expressions
Allegations against Members
Citing documents not before House
Law officers' opinions
Responsibility for the laying of documents
Display of articles to illustrate speeches
Reference to the public
Rules of behaviour for Members not speaking
Members to keep their places
Crossing before Members speaking
Reading of books, etc
Electronic devices
Hissing or clapping, etc
Cries of `hear, hear', etc
Members' dress
Smoking and refreshment
Powers of the Chair to enforce order
Disciplinary powers under standing order
Irrelevance or tedious repetition
Minor breaches of order
use of disorderly or unparliamentary expressions
Grossly disorderly conduct
Grave disorder
Obstruction of the business of the House otherwise than by disorderly conduct or persistence in irrelevance or tedious repetition
Members suspended other than by standing order procedure
Right of Members to direct the attention of the Chair to supposed breaches of order
Procedure when the Speaker rises
Proceedings on the naming of a Member
Suspension, withdrawal and exclusion from precincts
Misbehaviour in the lobbies
ch. 23 Methods of curtailing debate
Standing orders and occasional orders
Questions put forthwith
Referral to committees
Business of the House
Financial procedure
Time limits
Elapse of period
Time of day
Elapse of period of time
Brief debate
Discretion of Chair
Orders for particular occasions
Selection of amendments
Closure of debate
ordinary closure
When closure may be moved
Closure on contingent questions
Closure at moment of interruption
Closure claimed on contingent questions at or after moment of interruption
Closure on moving of motion or amendment
Previous question
Programme orders and allocation of time orders (guillotines)
Procedure on programme orders
Procedure on allocation of time orders (guillotines)
Business Committee
Usual provisions made under allocation of time orders
Stages of bills
Definition of allotted day
Effect of moment of interruption
Emergency debates
Opposed private business
Dilatory motions, etc
Machinery for bringing proceedings to a conclusion
Provision for subsequent supplemental orders
Other powers conferred by orders
Provision for one question on a series of clauses
Committal of part of a bill to a public bill (standing) committee
Precedence over private Members' business
Financial bills
Provision as to Saturday sitting
Orders in case of bills rejected by Lords
Use of allocation of time orders
Arrangements alternative to allocation of time and programme orders
ch. 24 Public petitions
Form of petitions
Petitions to the Commons
Petitions to the Lords
Remonstrances, etc
Signature, etc
Forgery or fraud
Character and substance of petitions
Petitions from abroad
Petitions for attendance of witnesses or production of evidence in a court of law
Presentation of petitions
Duty of Members in the presentation of petitions
Presentation of petitions from the Corporation of London
Petitions on first day of session
Presentation of a petition from a Member
Transmission by post
Irregularities in petitions
Presentation of petitions to the Lords
Presentation of petitions to the Commons
Informal method of presenting petitions
Discussion of petitions relating to present personal grievances
Proceedings following presentation of petition
ch. 25 Organization and conduct of business in the House of Lords
Arrangement of business
Arrangement of the session
Days and times of sitting
Notice of business
Business of which notice is required
Business of which notice is not required
Arrangement of the Order Paper
Tabling of motions and questions
Wording of questions and motions
Form and scope of questions
Government responsibility
Questions relating to the business of either House
Order of business
Variation of order of business
Advancement of business
Postponement of business
Precedence of adjourned business
Variation by business of the House motion
Proceedings in the House
Form of ceremony
Lords Temporal
Lords Spiritual
Oath of allegiance
Messages from the Crown
Royal Assent
Personal statements
Oral questions
Private notice questions
Ministerial statements
Private bills
Business of the House motions
Public bills, measures, affirmative instruments and select committee reports
Other motions
Motions for papers
Motions for resolutions
Motions `To take note'
Thursday debates
Balloted debates
Other Thursday debates
Questions for short debate
Leave of the House
Proceedings in Grand Committee
Process of debate
Moving of motions
Putting the question upon a motion
Withdrawal of motions
Methods of postponing or superseding the question
Adjournment of debate
Amendment to motion
`Next business' motion
Putting of question at end of debate
Rules of debate
Preservation of order
Precedence in speaking
Speakers' lists
Place of speaking
Manner of speaking
Use of electronic devices
Restrictions on speeches
Speaking more than once
Speaking after the reply
Maiden speeches
Committees on motions
References to the House of Commons
Personal criticism of members of the House of Commons
Criticism of Commons proceedings
Personal criticism of chief executives of executive agencies
Reference to visitors
Matters sub judice
Use of the Queen's name to influence debate
Asperity of speech
That the noble Lord be no longer heard
Length of speeches
Time-limited debates
Attendance at debate
Conduct of Lords not speaking
Correction of numbers voting
Publication of division lists
Correction of wrong vote
Equality of votes
ch. 26 Preliminary view of public bills
Public, private and hybrid bills
Government and private Members' bills
Where bills originate
Form of a bill
Citation and short titles
Long title
Enacting formula
Documents associated with a bill
European Convention on Human Rights compatibility statement
Explanatory notes
Impact assessment
Pre- and post-legislative scrutiny
Pre-legislative scrutiny of draft bills
Post-legislative scrutiny of Acts
27 Proceedings on public bills in the House of Commons
Introduction of bills
Bills brought in upon an order of the House
Bills founded upon financial resolutions
Proceedings on `ten minute rule bills' under Standing Order No 23
Method of presentation of bills upon order
Bills presented without an order (under Standing Order No 57(1)
Ballot bills
Bills brought from the House of Lords
First reading and printing of bills
Bills originating in the Commons
Bills brought from the Lords
Examination of a bill before printing
Provisions to be within the order of leave or notice of presentation
Financial provisions in bills
Private Members' bills and charges
Bills which are prima facie hybrid
Bills with the same purpose as other bills of the same session
Members `backing' a bill
Temporary laws
Printing of a bill before second reading
Alterations in a printed bill
Bills withdrawn and other bills presented
Withdrawal of bills
Certification of Scottish bills
Second reading
Second reading moved
Reasoned amendments to question for second (or third) reading
Effect of carrying a `reasoned amendment'
Questions on reasoned amendments
Dropped orders
Deferment of private Members' bills after the interruption of business
Proceedings on bill null and void
No debate on second (or third) reading of Consolidated Fund Bills or Consolidation Bills
Alternatives to second reading debate in the House
Bills referred to a second reading committee
Law Commission bills referred to a second reading committee
Tax law rewrite bills referred to a second reading committee
Bills referred to a Grand Committee
Programmed bills
Exceptions to general practice
Bills withdrawn after committal
Appointment of public bill committees
Transfer of bill from one kind of committee to another
Financial resolutions
Instructions to committees on bills
Admissible instructions
Extension of objects
Extension of area
Division of bill
To consider or make certain amendments
To restrict the scope of a committee's inquiry
Inadmissible instructions
Application of instruction to re-committed bill
Procedure relating to instructions
Notice, selection, etc
Time for moving instructions
Debate on motion for instruction
Proceedings in committees on bills
Functions of a committee on a bill
scope of a bill
Committees to which bills are committed.
Note continued: Committees of the whole House
Proceedings on going into Committee of the whole House
Bills taken in Committee of the whole House
Chair in Committees of the whole House
Power and duties of Chairman
Procedure in Committee of the whole House
Dilatory motions in Committee of the whole House
Other interruptions of proceedings
Consideration of the text of a bill
Order in which bill is considered
Division of clauses
Transfer of clauses
Postponement of consideration of clauses
Division of bills
Notice of amendments in committee
Amendments of which notice has been given
Amendments of which no notice has been given
Withdrawal of amendments
Order in which amendments are taken
Admissible amendments
No amendments to the framework
Inadmissible amendments
Amendments to particular types of bill
Bills to confirm agreements
Statute Law Revision Bills
Statute Law (Repeals) Bills
Consolidation Bills
Amendment to leave out subsection of a clause
Amendment ruled out of order after debate begun
Proceedings upon italicized words and privilege amendments
Question for clause standing part of a bill
New clauses
Withdrawal and postponement of new clauses
Schedules and new schedules
Proceedings of committee not known until reported
Report of bill
Close of committee proceedings and reporting of bill
Reporting of bills from a Committee of the whole House
Reporting of bills from public bill committees
Change of long or short title
When committee makes no report
In Committee of the whole House
In public bill committees
Formal proceedings on report
Bills reported from a Committee of the whole House
Bills reported from public bill committees
Bills reported from select or joint committees
Reprinting of bills
Consideration of bills on report
Order for consideration read
Order in which bill is considered
Rules regarding amendments
New clauses
Amendments to the bill
New schedules and schedules
Amendment of title
Irregularities in committee noticed on report
Conclusion of consideration stage
Consideration stage taken in a general committee
Re-committal of bill
Procedure under Standing Order No 74
Partial re-committal
Further re-committal
Report of re-committed bill
Third reading
Debate on third reading
Amendments on third reading
Debate in Grand Committees in lieu of third reading debate
Bill passed
ch. 28 Proceedings on public bills in the House of Lords
Stages of a public bill in the Lords
Successive stages of a bill to be taken on different days
Recommended minimum intervals between the stages of a bill
Introduction and first reading
Bills originating in the House of Lords
Bills introduced without notice or leave
Procedure on introduction
Bills brought from the Commons
Procedure on introduction
Bills brought up and printed when House is not sitting
Proceedings after first reading
Notice of subsequent stages
Government and private Members' bills
Commons bills not taken up within 12 sitting days
Withdrawal of bills
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
Constitution Committee
Second reading
Opposition to second reading
Second reading agreed to with amendment
Procedure on amendments to second reading motion
Other motions on second reading
Motion for adjournment of second reading debate
Resolution on the same day as second reading
Mandatory instructions
Permissive instructions
Rules as to amendments
Tabling of amendments
Admissibility of amendments
Printing and marshalling of amendments
Marshalled lists
Manuscript amendments
All amendments to be called
Grouping of amendments
Effect of groupings on third reading amendments
Committee stage
Proceedings in Committee of the whole House
Powers and duties of Lord Chairman
Powers of Committee of the whole House
Procedure in Committee
Postponement of title and preamble
Amendments and clauses moved en bloc
Postponement of clauses
Preamble and title
House resumed
Conclusion of committee stage
Order of commitment discharged
Committee negatived
Proceedings in Grand Committee
Commitment of bills other than to a Committee of the whole House
Public bill committee
Special public bill committees
Bill committed to select or joint committee
Amendments on report
Repeat amendments
Amendments grouped and en bloc
Manuscript amendments
Rules of debate
Third reading and passing
Procedure on third reading
Notice of amendments
Admissibility of amendments on third reading
Further proceedings after third reading
Privilege amendment
Passing of bill
Bill sent to the Commons
Consideration of Commons amendments, etc
Special procedures on certain types of bill
Consolidation bills
Moving of stages of consolidation bills en bloc
Bills of aids and supplies
Consolidated Fund Bills
Bills under the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949
Money bills
Other public bills
Order Confirmation Bills
ch. 29 Proceedings on public bills: matters affecting both Houses
Communication of bills between the two Houses
From Lords to Commons
From Commons to Lords
Bills sent by mistake
Endorsement of bills
Consideration of Lords amendments
Time for considering Lords amendments
Proceedings on consideration of Lords amendments
Order in which Lords amendments are considered
Lords amendments agreed to
Lords amendments involving privilege
Consideration of Commons amendments in the Lords
Stages in process of securing agreement between the two Houses
Relevance of propositions relating to Lords amendments
Lords amendments disagreed to, or amended, by the Commons
Committee to draw up reasons
Message to the Lords
Bill returned to Lords
Further proceedings in Commons
Lords reason for insisting upon their amendment
Lords reason for disagreeing to Commons amendment to Lords amendment
Lords amendment to Commons amendment to Lords amendment or to Commons amendment in lieu
Lords amendment to the bill in lieu of Lords amendment disagreed to by the Commons
`Double insistence' and the loss of the bill
Bill originating in the Lords
Practice with regard to bills rejected
Bills rejected, etc, not to be introduced in same session
Application of principle
Proceedings in Lords with regard to bill laid aside by Commons
Prorogation to revive bills
Carry-over of bills
In the Commons
Proceedings on carry-over motions
Proceedings on bills carried over
In the Lords
Royal Assent
Proceedings on Royal Assent
Royal Assent notified by the Speaker
Royal Assent by Commission
Assent given in the Sovereign's absence from the realm
Report of Royal Assent in the House of Commons
Emergency and other expedited legislation
In the Commons
More than one stage of a bill taken on the same day
Emergency bill passed through all stages in one day
In the Lords
Standing Order No 47 dispensed with
Standing Order No 47 suspended
Emergency bill passed through all stages in one day
Other procedural devices
Procedure under the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949
Bills other than Money bills
Proceedings on the bill
Rejection of bill by the Lords
Limits of changes to bill in succeeding session
Suggestion of amendments by the Commons
Enacting words
Speaker's certificate
Challenge to validity of Parliament Act 1949
Proceedings on hybrid bills
Proceedings in the House of Commons
Reference to Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills
Before second reading
Bills to which the standing orders do not apply
Bills which have not complied with the standing orders
Bills in respect of which the standing orders have been dispensed with
After second reading
Hybrid bills originating in House of Lords
Committal of hybrid bills

Petitions against hybrid bills
Proceedings in committee
Report of bill and remaining stages
Proceedings in the House of Lords
Reference of bills to Examiners
Report from Examiners
Committal to select committee
Hybridizing amendments
Subsidiary points in connection with legislative procedure
Proceedings following Royal Assent
Printing and promulgation of statutes
Commencement of Act
Documents accompanying the Act
Queen's and Prince of Wales's consent
Queen's consent in respect of the prerogative
Queen's consent in respect of her interest
Prince of Wales's consent
Other matters relating to consents
Corrections to the text of a bill
Informalities in bills
Forms not binding in progress of bills
Informalities in the agreement of both Houses
Informalities relating to Royal Assent
Transposition of titles
Royal Assent given by mistake
ch. 30 Delegated legislation
Form and character of statutory instruments
Statutory Instruments Reference Committee
Parliamentary control and scrutiny
Laying before Parliament
affirmative procedure
`super-affirmative' procedure.
Note continued: negative procedure
Time limits
Proceedings on delegated legislation in the House of Commons
Scope of debate
Practice of the House of Lords on delegated legislation
Affirmative instruments
Hybrid instruments
Negative instruments
Other motions relating to statutory instruments
Scrutiny Committees
Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments
Commons Select Committee on Statutory Instruments
Lords Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee
Legislative reform orders
Proceedings in the Commons
Proceedings in the Lords
Remedial orders
Non-urgent procedure
Urgent procedure
Delegated legislation affecting Northern Ireland
Consideration of Northern Ireland Assembly legislation in reserved and excepted matters
Proceedings in the Commons
Proceedings in the Lords
Delegation in Church of England matters
Ecclesiastical Committee
Proceedings in both Houses
ch. 31 Parliamentary oversight of European Union matters
EU documents
Explanatory Memoranda
National Parliament Office
scrutiny committees
House of Commons
House of Lords
Scrutiny Reserve Resolutions
Parliamentary Scrutiny Reserve
Scrutiny clearance
Procedures under the Lisbon Treaty
`Passerelle' clauses and simplified revision procedures
Scrutiny of United Kingdom `opt-ins'
Conference of European Affairs Committees
ch. 32 Financial procedure
Financial relations between the Crown and Parliament
Scope of financial procedure
Charges upon the public revenue or upon public funds
Charges upon the people
Limitation of scope of financial procedure as regards local government finance
General rules of financial procedure of the Commons
Rule 1 Legislative authorization and appropriation of charges
Supply and Ways and Means
Appropriation of expenditure
Destination of revenue
Legislative authorization for objects of expenditure
Rule 2 Preliminary consideration of resolutions
Rule 3 financial initiative of the Crown
Supply and Ways and Means
Novel expenditure authorized by financial resolutions
Intervals between stages of taxation legislation
Enforcement of rules of financial procedure
Relaxation of financial rules in urgent cases
Application to amendments of rules regulating financial procedure
Crown's recommendation fixes the upper limits of a charge
ch. 33 Public expenditure and Supply
Long-term expenditure plans
Resource accounting and budgeting
Financial reporting to Parliament and financial scrutiny
Alignment of departmental budgets and Estimates
Supply Estimates
Different kinds of Estimates
Ordinary Annual Estimates (Main Estimates)
Presentation and form of Estimates
contents of the Estimates
Part I
Part II
Part III
Appropriations in aid
Token Requests for Resources
Revised Estimates
Defence Votes A
Votes on Account
Votes on Account before a dissolution
Supplementary Estimates
Substantive Supplementary Estimates and New Estimates
Token Supplementary Estimates
Out-of-turn Supplementary Estimates
Excess Votes
Procedure on Excess Votes
Other forms of authorizing expenditure
Contingencies Fund
Votes of Credit
Exceptional grants
voting of Estimates
Estimates days
Procedure under Standing Orders Nos 54 and 55
Timing of Estimates days
Choice of Estimates for debate and vote
Form of motions
Form of amendments
Relevance in debate
Voting on individual Estimates
Voting the remaining Estimates under Standing Order No 55
Other Supply proceedings
Bills authorizing grants of Supply
Consolidated Fund Bills
first Supply bill of the session
Appropriation Acts
second Supply bill of the session
third Supply bill of the session
Appropriation to be completed each session
annual cycle of Supply and appropriation
Proceedings on Consolidated Fund and Appropriation bills
Proceedings in the Commons
Proceedings in the Lords
Royal Assent
ch. 34 Expenditure: Money resolutions
Matters requiring a Money resolution and Crown recommendation
expenditure involved must be new and distinct
expenditure must be payable out of the Consolidated Fund or National Loans Fund
Money to be provided by Parliament
Consolidated Fund
National Loans Fund
New or additional charges upon local authority revenues
Expenditure charged to the National Insurance Fund
Remission or compounding of debts due to Crown
Increase of expenditure by extension of time
Increase of expenditure by extension of purposes, etc
Increase of amount of expenditure
Variation of appropriation and diversion of revenue
Matters involving money but not requiring a Money resolution
Procedure on Money resolutions
Signification of Queen's recommendation
Proceedings on Money resolutions
Procedure on bills sanctioning expenditure
Presentation under Standing Order No 50
Interpretation of `main object' in relation to a bill
Italicized provisions
Amendments in committee (or on report)
Restrictive effect of terms of Money resolution
Other forms of proceeding for the initiation of expenditure
Standing Orders
Business of the House motions
ch. 35 Ways and Means and Finance Bills
scope of Ways and Means
Matters requiring authorization by Ways and Means resolution
New taxation
Continuation of an expiring tax
Re-imposition of a repealed tax
Increase in the rate of an existing tax
Extension of incidence of tax
Repeal or reduction of alleviations of taxation
Delegation of taxing powers within the United Kingdom
Fees, levies and other payments imposed by legislation
Raising revenue
Service previously financed by money voted by Parliament
Scheme for the general benefit
Grant of borrowing powers
Payments into the Consolidated Fund or the National Loans Fund
Matters, akin to charges upon the people, not initiated by Ways and Means resolutions
Local receipts and taxes
Alleviation of taxation
Levies upon an industry for its own purposes
Fees imposed for services rendered by departments
National Insurance contributions
Provisions authorized by existing law
Fines and penalties
Charges not effective till applied by subsequent legislation
Procedure on Ways and Means resolutions and bills (general)
Scope of debate and amendment
Inclusion of several duties in one resolution
Bills founded on Ways and Means resolutions
Debate and amendment of bills founded upon resolutions
Royal Assent
Bills with subsidiary Ways and Means provisions
Budget and the Finance Bill
Special procedure on Budget resolutions
Provisional collection of taxes
`Amendment of the law' resolution
Scope of Finance Bills
Scope of debate on second and third reading of the Finance Bill
Finance Bill: committee stage
Amendments in committee and on report
Rules forbidding the increase of charges
Charge in bill less than that authorized by resolution
Provisions reducing existing charges
36 role of the House of Lords in financial procedure
financial functions of the Lotds
Concurrence in Supply and taxation
Insistence by the Lords on the financial powers reserved to them
Messages from the Crown for pecuniary aid
Consideration of public expenditure
Restrictions under constitutional usage
Basis of modern practice with respect to privilege
Local revenues and National Insurance within the scope of privilege
Funds not within the scope of privilege
Actions which infringe privilege
Restrictions on the Lords' right to initiate bills
Relaxation of privilege by standing order
Pecuniary penalties and fees
Private legislation
Privilege amendment
Restrictions on the Lords' right to amend bills
Lords amendments to bills of aids and supplies
Provisions `tacked' to bills of aids and supplies
Lords amendments to other bills infringing privilege
Rejection of amendments infringing privilege
Rejection by Commons of amendments infringing privilege in respect of the imposition of a charge
Acceptance by the Commons of amendments infringing privilege
Amendments infringing privilege with respect to local revenue
Relaxation of privilege by standing order in the case of Lords amendments
Pecuniary penalties and fees
Local revenues in private bills
Right to reject bills retained by Lords
Adoption of the practice of an annual inclusive Finance Bill
Rejection by Lords of separate financial provisions in non-financial bills
Limitations imposed by the Parliament Act 1911
Definition of Money bill
Procedure in passing Money bill
`Money bills' under Parliament Act and bills of aids and supplies
ch. 37 Select committees in the House of Commons
Appointment and nomination
Procedures for appointment
Election of chairs by the House
Nomination of members
Lists of Members serving on select committees
Addition of Members to, and discharge of Members from, select committees
Resignation of chairs elected by the House
Motions of no confidence in chairs elected by the House.
Note continued: Unreasonable absence from select committees
Participation of non-members of committee
Scope of deliberations or inquiries
Orders of reference
Reference of papers to select committees
Proceedings in selct committees
Declaration of interests
Time of first meeting
Chair of a select committee
Election of chair by a committee
Absence of a chair
Payment of chairs
Powers of chair
Tenure of chair
Voting in select committees
Rescission of resolutions of select committees
Matters sub judice
Formal minutes
Sittings of select committees
Sittings and adjournment of select committees
Sittings outside the precincts of the House
Sittings outside the United Kingdom
Admission of the public
Presence of Members at sittings of select committees
Disorder in select committees
Witnesses and evidence
Papers and records
Documents presented to select committees
Attendance of Members and Officers
Evidence from civil servants
Oral evidence
Administration of oaths by committees
Hearing of parties before committees
Witnesses from overseas
Publication of oral and written evidence
Publication of evidence before it is reported to the House
Specialist advice and assistance
Reports of select committees
Power of committees to report their opinion
Preparation of draft report
Consideration of draft report
Consideration of reports from sub-committees
Minority reports
Procedure where a committee is unable to agree upon a report
Presentation of reports to the House
Special reports
Unfinished inquiries
Publication of reports, etc
Government replies to reports
Contempts relating to select committees
Premature publication or disclosure of committee proceedings
Disobedience to orders of committees
Obstructing witnesses
Molestation of or interference with witnesses
Tampering with witnesses
Legal proceedings against witnesses
Select committees regularly appointed
Select committees related to government departments
Liaison Committee
National planning policy statements
Core tasks
Committee on Standards and Privileges
Committee of Public Accounts
Environmental Audit Committee
Select Committee on Public Administration
Procedure Committee
Committees on reform of the House of Commons
Backbench Business Committee
Regulatory Reform Committee
European Scrutiny Committee
Select Committee on Statutory Instruments
Finance and Services Committee
Administration Committee
Committees relating to Members' allowances
Committee of Selection
Speaker's conferences on electoral matters
Regional select committees
Consideration of reports of select committees
Select committees' consideration of public bills
Inability of select committees to decide against bills
Select committee returns
ch. 38 General committees in the House of Commons
Membership, sittings, procedure, etc of general committees
Membership of general committees
Participation of other Members, etc
Discharge of members
Chair in general committees
Sittings of general committees
Suspension of sitting
Afternoon sittings
Procedure in general committees
Powers of the Chair
Reference to general committees of notices of amendments
Rules of debate
Admission of the public
Records of proceedings of general committees
Formal records of proceedings
Official Reports of debates
Public bill committees
Operation of programme orders
Allocation of time orders
Oral evidence
Written evidence
Selection of amendments
Re-committal of bills to public bill committees
Power of public bill committees with regard to provisions imposing charges
Instructions to public bill committees
Reporting of bills before consideration has been completed
Other general committees dealing with bills
Second reading committees
Committees for consideration of bills on report
Committees on delegated and European legislation
Delegated legislation committees
Reference of instruments to committees
Constitution of delegated legislation committees
Procedure in delegated legislation committees
Subsequent proceedings
European Committees
Reference of European Union documents to committees
Constitution of European Committees
Procedure in European Committees
Subsequent proceedings
Grand Committees
Scottish Grand Committee
Business of the committee
Ministerial statements
Substantive motions for the adjournment of the committee
Other business of the committee
Half-hour adjournment
Sittings outside Westminster
Welsh Grand Committee
Business of the Committee
Ministerial statements
Matters relating exclusively to Wales
Other business of the committee
Half-hour adjournment
Sittings outside Westminster
Speeches in Welsh
Northern Ireland Grand Committee
Business of the committee
Ministerial statements
Legislative proposals and other matters relating exclusively to Northern Ireland
Delegated legislation
Other business of the committee
Half-hour adjournment
Sittings outside Westminster
Regional Affairs Committee
Regional Grand Committees for the English regions
ch. 39 Select committees in the House of Lords
General matters concerning select committees
Sessional committees
Appointment of select committees
Duration of appointment
Orders of reference
Amendment of orders of reference and instructions
Reference of papers to select committees
Membership of select committees
Composition of committees
Rotation rule
Participation by non-members
Powers of select committees
Powers possessed by all committees
Power to adjourn and meet without leave
Power to confer with committees of the House of Commons
Powers conferred by order of the House
Power to send for papers or persons
Power to appoint sub-committees
Power of co-option
Power to report
Power to adjourn from place to place
Power to hear counsel
Power to appoint specialist advisers
Proceedings in select committees
Admission of the public
Publication of evidence
Specialist advisers and expert assistance
Reports of select committees
Preparation of draft report
Consideration of draft report
Minority reports
Procedure where a committee is unable to agree on a report
Consideration by select committee of reports from sub-committees
Presentation of report to the House
Special reports
Unfinished inquiries
Publication of report
Government replies to reports
Debates on reports
Particular functions of select committees
Legislative committees
Investigative committees
Domestic committees
Principles underlying select committee activity
Legislative committees
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
Constitution Committee
Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee
Investigative committees
European Union Committee
Science and Technology Committee
Economic Affairs Committee
National Security Strategy
Pre-legislative scrutiny committees
Domestic committees
House Committee
Committee for Privileges and Conduct
Procedure of the House Committee
Liaison Committee
Committee of Selection
40 Joint committees of the Lords and Commons
Mandate and powers of joint committees
Nomination of members of joint committees
Sittings and procedure of joint committees
Quorum of a joint committee
Time and place of meeting
Procedure in joint committees
Reports of joint committees
Permanent joint committees
Joint Committee on Consolidation, & c, Bills
Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments
Joint Committee on Human Rights
Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills
Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy
ch. 41 Preliminary view of private bills
Introduction and history
Distinctive character of proceedings on private bills
Legislative and judicial functions of Parliament
Principles by which Parliament is guided
Private bills pass through same stages as public bills
Jurisdiction of the courts
Classification of bills as public, private or hybrid
Bills brought in by the Government for local purposes, etc
Bills relating to London
Greater London
Bills relating to the River Thames
Port of London
City of London
Bills relating to cities and counties, etc
Bills applicable to several localities
Bills promoted by a county council or metropolitan district council jointly with, or on behalf of, district councils
Bills relating to the administration of justice in particular areas
Bills concerning property owned by religious communities, colleges, etc
Repeal of public Acts by private bills
Certain subjects considered unsuitable for private legislation
Private bills objected to on the ground that they should have been public bills
Private bills withdrawn or not proceeded with.
Note continued: Bills concerning public funds
Private bills allowed to proceed
Public bills introduced in place of private bills withdrawn
Alternatives to proceeding by private bill
Orders under the Transport and Works Act 1992
Special procedure orders
Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act
Private legislation affecting `Scotland and elsewhere'
ch. 42 Preliminary proceedings in both Houses on private bills
Deposit of petitions for bills
Standing Orders (private business)
Compliance before presentation of bill
Compliance after presentation of bill
Compliance proved before the Examiners
Personal bills (Standing Order 191A (HC), Standing Order 3 (HL))
Deposits of bills (Standing Orders 38, 39 (HC, HL))
Compatibility with European Convention on Human Rights (Standing Order 38(3) (HC, HL))
General list of petitions (Standing Order 194 (HC))
Memorials complaining of non-compliance
In respect of petitions for bills deposited on or before 27 November
In respect of petitions for bills deposited after 27 November
In respect of petitions for additional provision, etc
Preparation of memorials
Withdrawal of memorials
Sittings of the Examiners
Notice of examination
Striking off and reinsertion of petitions for bills (Standing Orders 72, 106 (HC))
Statement of proofs
Proof by affidavit (Standing Order 77 (HC), Standing Order 80 (HL))
Unopposed cases
Opposed cases
Hearing of parties on a memorial (Standing Orders 75, 76 (HC), Standing Orders 76, 77 (HL))
Questions of merits excluded
Decisions of the Examiners
Communication of Examiners' decisions (Standing Order 70 (HC), Standing Order 72 (HL))
Special report from the Examiners (Standing Order 79 (HC), Standing Order 81 (HL))
Standing Orders Committee (House of Commons)
Examiners' reports referred (Standing Order 104 (HC))
Examiners' special reports referred (Standing Order 104 (HC))
Proceedings of the Standing Orders Committee
Principles by which the Standing Orders Committee is guided
Standing orders dispensed with and leave given to parties to proceed
Standing orders not to be dispensed with
No recommendation by Standing Orders Committee
Special reports from Standing Orders Committee
Committee of Selection (House of Commons)
Supervision of private bills by Chairman of Ways and Means and Lord Chairman of Committees
Supervision by Chairman of Ways and Means and Speaker's Counsel
Supervision by the Lord Chairman and his Counsel
Division of bills between the two Houses before presentation (Standing Order 81 (HC), Standing Order 90 (HL))
Departures from usual procedure on private bills
Petitions for bills deposited after time (`late bills')
Petition for additional provision
Withdrawal of bills in Commons
Parliamentary agents
Rules relating to parliamentary agents and petitioners
Registry of agents (Standing Order 192 (HC))
Members and Officers of the House disqualified as agents
Unqualified persons not entitled to call themselves parliamentary agents
Fees payable on private bills
Default on fees
Taxation of costs
Lists of charges
Applications for taxation
Costs in both Houses taxed together
Costs of certain public bills and of special procedure orders
ch. 43 Petitions in favour of, against, or relating to private bills in the House of Commons; and the Court of Referees
Presentation and withdrawal of petitions (Standing Orders 171, 171A, 172, 173, 219)
Petitions in favour of private bills
Petitions against private bills
Petitions to be presented before a prescribed time (Standing Orders 171A, 217)
Petitions to stand referred to committee on the bill and right of audience (Standing Orders 126, 127, 217)
Petitions presented after time
Grounds of objection to be specified (Standing Order 128)
Locus standi of petitioners: the Court of Referees
Constitution and duties (Standing Orders 89, 90)
Rules of procedure (Standing Orders 91, 91A)
Notice by promoters of intention to object
Manner of hearing locus standi cases
Locus standi limited to points alleged in petition
Entitlement to locus standi: general principles
Locus standi on the ground of contingent damage
Locus standi of bodies representing associations, etc
Locus standi on grounds of competition (Standing Order 92)
Locus standi of council and municipal authorities, etc (Standing Orders 96-101)
Locus standi of shareholders, preference shareholders, and `dissentients' at a `Wharncliffe' meeting (Standing Order 93)
Locus standi of local electors and other persons represented
Locus standi against bills brought from the Lords
Locus standi objected to on ground of want of precision or informality
Locus standi and the `filled-up' bill
Objections in the House to decisions of Referees
ch. 44 Proceedings in the House of Commons on private bills
Giving of notices in connection with private business
Notices printed with the business papers
Private business
Deferment of stages of private bill, etc if opposed
Conduct of bills in the House
Private bill registers (Standing Order 192)
Proceedings from presentation to Committee stage
Presentation of a bill (Standing Order 163)
Printing of private bills (Standing Orders 38, 164, 168)
Financial memorandum required in certain cases (Standing Order 169)
First reading (Standing Order 166)
Lords bills read the first time and referred to the Examiners (Standing Orders 74 and 166)
Bills referred to the Examiners under Standing Order 61 (HC and HL)
Bills referred to the Examiners under the `Wharncliffe' Orders (Standing Orders 62-67 (HC and HL))
Second reading and financial resolutions
Interval between first and second reading (Standing Order 170)
Notice of second reading (Standing Order 198)
Provisions in private bills, or petitions for additional provision, imposing charges
Bills other than those affecting grants to local authorities
Bills affecting grants to local authorities
House of Lords and charges upon the people in private bills
Debate on second reading
Limitation of scope of debate on second reading
Bills debated together on second reading
Second reading not moved
Committal (Standing Order 109)
Time for moving instructions
Principles of instructions to private bill committees
Power of committee to make amendments
Standing Order 175 and its effect on instructions
Mandatory instructions
Permissive instructions
Inadmissible instructions
Nomination of committees
Committee on unopposed bills (Standing Orders 111 and 132)
Committees on opposed bills (Standing Orders 109-114)
Composition of committees (Standing Order 111)
Members of committees on opposed bills to sign declaration (Standing Order 120)
Notice to be given to members to serve on committee (Standing Order 115)
Members returning no answer (Standing Order 116)
Members refusing to attend
One Member substituted for another (Standing Order 117)
Interval between committal of opposed private bill and sitting of committee (Standing Order 177)
Bills referred to specially constituted committees
Notice of first sitting of committee on private bill (Standing Order 199)
`Filled-up' bill to be deposited (Standing Orders 137, 200)
Submission of bills to the Chairman of Ways and Means (Standing Orders 82, 84, 85)
Scrutiny by government departments
Committee stage and subsequent proceedings
Standing orders relating to committees on opposed bills
Declaration of members (Standing Order 120)
Quorum (Standing Orders 121, 122)
Indication of intention to appear before committee
When opposed bills become unopposed (Standing Order 131)
Reference of petitions to committee (Standing Order 126)
Standing orders relating to the committee on unopposed bills
Member interested not to vote (Standing Order 133)
Right of promoters to be heard (Standing Order 134)
Standing orders relating to committees on bills, whether opposed or unopposed
Method of deciding questions (Standing Order 135)
Minutes of proceedings (Standing Orders 138, 145)

Proof of compliance with certain standing orders only (Standing Order 139)
Ministerial reports (Standing Orders 144, 158)
Proceedings in committee 980 Committee's power to hear evidence
Power to adjourn from place to place and visits to sites
Undertakings 981 Committee on unopposed bills
Committees on opposed bills
Committee room: when open and when cleared
Parties appear before the committee
Appearance upon petitions on matters arising in committee
Proceedings on the bill
Submissions in support of the bill
Rules as to the hearing of petitioners
Proceedings on petitions against alterations
Hearing of witnesses and ministerial representatives
Reply of counsel for the bill
Admissible clauses and additional provisions
Decision of the committee
Preamble of bill proved
Preamble of bill not proved
Alterations in preamble
Award of costs in certain circumstances to petitioners against or promoters of a private bill
Award of costs in case of special procedure orders
Duties of chair when reporting private bill
Minutes of evidence
Special reports from private bill committees
Recommendations by committees
Adjournment of committees on opposed bills to be reported (Standing Order 125).
Note continued: Report of bill
Reprinting of private bill as amended in committee (Standing Orders 179, 203)
Re-committal of private bill
Proceedings on and after report of private bill (Standing Order 178)
Interval between report and consideration of bill (Standing Order 181)
Bill as amended laid before Chairman of Ways and Means, etc (Standing Orders 86, 180, 181)
Notice of consideration of bill (Standing Order 201)
Rules as to amendments proposed to be moved on consideration, etc of bill
Proposed clauses or amendments referred to Standing Orders Committee (Standing Orders 182, 107)
Proceedings on consideration and third reading
At the time of unopposed private business
Notice of third reading of a private bill (Standing Order 205)
Debate on consideration and third reading
Entry of amendments on consideration or third reading (Standing Order 206)
Recommittal on third reading
Queen's consent
Stages taken by mistake
Bills brought from the Lords in error
Bill examined before being sent to the Lords (Standing Order 207)
Lords amendments (Standing Orders 88, 186, 208, 208A)
Commons' privileges infringed by the Lords
Suspension of standing orders
Suspension or revival of bills
ch. 45 Proceedings on private and personal bills in the House of Lords
Private bills
Chairman of Committees
Private bills
Petitions for late bills and for additional provision (Standing Orders 2 and 97)
Proceedings before the Examiners
Standing Orders 4-68
Standing Orders 69-83
Standing Orders Committee (Standing Orders 84-89)
First reading (Standing Order 98)
Compatibility with the Human Rights Act 1998 (Standing Orders 38, 91 and 98A)
Joint Committee on Human Rights
Petitions against private bills (Standing Orders 101-103)
Second reading
Unopposed bills referred by the Chairman of Committees to a select committee
Select committees on opposed private bills
Membership (Standing Order 104)
Appointment of members (Standing Order 95)
Interests (Standing Order 96)
Attendance of members (Standing Orders 105 and 106)
Equality of votes on a division in a committee
Withdrawal of opposition (Standing Order 113)
Hearing and evidence (Standing Orders 109 and 110)
Visits to sites
Locus standi of petitioners (Standing Order 114)
Special reports
Bill as amended in committee
Rejection of bill by select committee
Unopposed bills
Unopposed bills committed to unopposed bill committees (Standing Order 121)
Matters common to committees on opposed and unopposed bills (Standing Orders 123-146)
Copies of filled-up bill to be laid before the Chairman of Committees (Standing Order 123)
Powers of committees, and their limitations
Reports of public departments (Standing Order 127)
Arrangements between parties and undertakings given in committee (Standing Order 130)
Re-commitment to Committee of the whole House (Standing Order 94)
Deposit of amended bills (Standing Order 147)
Report stage
Third reading
Queen's consent
Proceedings after third reading
Commons amendments
Withdrawal of bills
Personal bills
Royal Assent
Classification of private Acts.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Jack, Malcolm, 1946-
Hutton, Mark.
Miller, Douglas.
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