LORDS

Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords)

High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill – The Bill’s Compliance with Standing Orders

Background to the Committee's meeting on 21 November 2017

On 12 September 2017 the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills met to assess whether the Bill should be treated as a hybrid bill and, if so, whether the Promoter had complied with the requirements of the Standing Orders of both Houses. They reported that the Bill should be treated as a hybrid bill and that of the Private Business Standing Orders which were applicable the following Standing Orders had not been complied with: Standing Orders 4, 4A, 10, 10A, 11, 12A, 13, 27, 27A, 33, 34, 36, 39, 41, 42, 43, 45 and 47 have not been complied with. Their report [link: http://lordsbusiness.parliament.uk/ItemOfBusiness?itemOfBusinessId=39081&sectionId=40&businessPaperDate=2017-09-12] was referred to the Standing Orders Committees of both Houses.

The Lords Committee met (in public) at 12.45 pm on 21 November 2017 to decide what action to take in relation to the Standing Orders which have not been complied with. Two statements of fact were received. One on behalf of the Secretary of State and one on behalf of the Independent Residents’ Madeley Action Group Against HS2. The Committee decided to dispense with all of the Standing Orders which had not been complied with[http://lordsbusiness.parliament.uk/ItemOfBusiness?itemOfBusinessId=41924&sectionId=40&businessPaperDate=2017-11-21]

 

High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - Additional Provision (December 2015 – AP5)

The Committee's meeting on 27 January 2016

On 15 January 2016 the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills met to assess whether AP5 met the requirements of the Standing Orders of both Houses.  Their report [link: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/minutes/160119/ldordpap.htm#minproc] was referred to the Standing Orders Committee.

In the case of AP5 the Examiners found that, of the Standing Orders applicable to the Additional Provision, Standing Orders 5, 36 and 42 have not been complied with; and in addition, that Standing Orders 10, 10A, 11, 12A, 13, 27, 27A, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42 and 45 have not been complied with in respect of the time prescribed by the Standing Orders for the giving of notices and making of deposits applicable to the purposes of the Additional Provision.

On 27 January 2016 the Committee met to decide what action to take in relation to the Standing Orders which had not been complied with.

The Government decided not to proceed with the amendment (in AP5) to which the substantive non-compliances with Standing Orders 5, 36 and 42 related.  The Committee decided to dispense with all of the Standing Orders which had not been complied with. [link: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/minutes/160128/ldordpap.htm#minproc ]

 

High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - Additional Provision (October 2015 – AP4)

Committee's meeting on 9 December 2015

On 25 October 2015 the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills met to assess whether AP4 met the requirements of the Standing Orders of both Houses.  Their report [link: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/minutes/151126/ldordpap.htm#minproc] was referred to the Standing Orders Committee.

In the case of AP4 the Examiners found that, of the Standing Orders applicable to the Additional Provision, Standing Orders 33 and 42 have not been complied with; and in addition, that Standing Orders 10, 10A, 11, 12, 12A, 13, 27, 27A, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42 and 45 have not been complied with in respect of the time prescribed by the Standing Orders for the giving of notices and making of deposits applicable to the purposes of the Additional Provision.

On 9 December 2015 the Committee met (in public) to decide what action to take in relation to the Standing Orders which have not been complied with. The Committee decided to dispense with all of those Standing Orders. [link: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/minutes/151210/ldordpap.htm#minproc ]

 

High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - Additional Provision (July 2015 - AP2) and (September 2015 - AP3)

The Committee's meeting on 1 December 2015

On 15 September 2015, 20 and 29 October 2015, the Examiners of House of Commons and House of Lords met to assess whether the AP2 and AP3 met the requirements of the Standing Orders of both Houses.  Their reports were referred to the Standing Orders Committee.

In the case of AP2 [link: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/minutes/150916/ldordpap.htm#minproc] the Examiners found that, of the Standing Orders applicable to the Additional Provision, Standing Orders 33, 42 and HL 83A/HC224A have not been complied with; and, in addition, that Standing Orders 10, 10A, 11, 12, 12A, 13, 21, 27, 27A 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42 and 45 have not been complied with in respect of the time prescribed by the Standing Orders for the giving of notices and making of deposits applicable to the purposes of the Additional Provision.

In the case of AP3 [link: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/minutes/151102/ldordpap.htm#minproc] the Examiners found that, of the Standing Orders applicable to the Additional Provision, Standing Orders 10, 10A, 11, 12, 27, 27A, 34, 35, 37, 39, 41, 42 and 45 have not been complied with in respect of the time prescribed by the Standing Orders for the giving of notices and making of deposits applicable to the purposes of the Additional Provision.

At their meeting on 1 December 2015 the Committee decided [link: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/minutes/151202/ldordpap.htm#minproc]:

That, in relation to AP2, the following Standing Orders ought to be dispensed with: 10, 10A, 11, 12, 12A, 13, 21, 27, 27A, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42, 45 and 83A; and

That, in relation to AP3, the following Standing Orders ought to be dispensed with: 10, 10A, 11, 12, 13, 27, 27A, 34, 35, 37, 39, 41 and 45.

The report was agreed to by the House.

 

High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - Additional Provision (September 2014)

The Committee's meeting on 4 November 2014

On 13 October 2014 the Examiners of House of Commons and House of Lords met to assess whether the Petition for Additional Provision (September 2014) relating to the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill met the requirements of the Standing Orders of both Houses.

The following Report from the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills was referred to the Committee.

That in the case of the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill, certain Standing Orders apply to the Additional Provision of those which are applicable, Standing Order 10A, has not been complied with.

In addition, that Standing Orders 10, 10A, 11, 12, 12A, 13, 27, 27A, 34, 36, 39, 41 and 45 have not been complied with in respect of the time prescribed by the Standing Orders for the giving of notices and making of deposits applicable to the purposes of the Additional Provision.

At their meeting on 4 November 2014 the Committee decided that Standing Orders 10, 11, 12, 12A, 13, 27, 27A, 34, 36, 39, 41 and 45 which are non-compliant as to time should be dispensed with.

The Committee also decided that Standing Order 10A ought to be dispensed with upon receipt by the Standing Orders Committee of confirmation by the Government that the condition contained in paragraph (1)(b) of the decision of the House of Commons Standing Orders Committee of 28 October 2014 has been complied with.

Update 10 December 2014

The High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill is now free to continue its passage through Parliament. The condition imposed by the Committee has now been met and the House agreed to dispense with the remaining Standing Order on 10 December 2014 [link: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201415/minutes/141211/ldordpap.htm#minproc].

 

High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - The Bill's Compliance with Standing Orders

The Committee's meeting on 20 January 2014

On 17 December 2013 and 8 January 2014 the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills met to assess whether the Bill should be treated as a hybrid bill and, if so, whether the Promoter had complied with the requirements of the Standing Orders of both Houses.  They reported  [link: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201314/minutes/140109/ldordpap.htm#minproc ] that the Bill should be treated as a hybrid bill and that of the Private Business Standing Orders which were applicable the following Standing Orders had not been complied with:  Standing Orders 11, 12, 12A, 13, 27, 27A, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 48 and 55.

The Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee reported on 20 January 2014 on the Standing Orders not complied with in respect of the bill, currently before the Commons [link: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201314/minutes/140121/ldordpap.htm#minproc]:

That the following Standing Orders ought to be dispensed with: SO 11, 12, 12A, 13, 27, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 48 and 55; and

That Standing Order 27A (Environmental Assessment) ought to be dispensed on condition that the promoters of the Bill extend the period set under Standing Order 83A (Comments on environmental statement) during which comments can be made on the Environmental Statement so that the last day on which comments can be sent to the relevant Minister is 56 days after 2 January 2014, that is 27 February 2014; and that the Promoters publish a notice to this effect in those newspapers in which they published notices relating to the Bill under Standing Order 10 (Publication of notice in newspapers) in November and December 2013.

The House agreed to the report.

Update: 27 February 2014

The High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill is now free to continue its passage through Parliament.  The conditions imposed by the Committee have now been met and the House agreed to dispense with the remaining Standing Order on 27 February 2014.

 

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