Affirmative Instruments

216  Hybrid instruments

(1) Where in the opinion of the Chairman of Committees an affirmative instrument as defined by Public Business Standing Order 72 (Affirmative instruments) is such that, apart from the provisions of the Act authorising it to be made, it would require to be enacted by a private or hybrid bill, he shall report his opinion to the House and to the minister or other person responsible for the instrument. An instrument on which the Chairman of
Committees has so reported is in these standing orders referred to as a “hybrid instrument”.

An order under section 1 of the Manoeuvres Act 1958 shall not be the subject of a report under this paragraph.

(2) A petition to the House not to affirm a hybrid instrument shall be signed by the petitioner or his agent and be deposited or sent so as to be received in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments within the 14 days following the day on which the Chairman’s report under paragraph (1)  is laid before the House.

(3) If no petition is received in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments within the period allowed by paragraph (2), or if every petition, or the only petition, so received is withdrawn, the Chairman of Committees shall report that fact to the House.

(4) Any petition received in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments within that period shall, together with the instrument petitioned against, stand referred to a committee appointed at the commencement of every session and consisting of the Chairman of Committees and such other lords as the House shall name. The committee shall be known as the “Hybrid Instruments Committee”.

(5) The Hybrid Instruments Committee, after considering any representations in writing by the parties to the proceedings, and after hearing, if they think fit, the parties in person or counsel or agents appearing for the parties—

     (a) shall decide whether the petitioner has a locus standi, and

     (b) shall decide that question as if the instrument 40 were a private bill and the committee were a select
          committee on the bill.

(6) If the committee decide that the petitioner has no locus standi they shall report their decision to the House; but if they decide that he has a locus standi they shall report to the House—

     (a) whether the petition discloses substantial grounds of complaint,

     (b) whether the matters complained of in the petition have been so dealt with that no further inquiry is necessary,

     (c) whether the petitioner failed to avail himself of opportunities of having the matters complained of properly
          inquired into; and

     (d) whether or not, in the light of their findings on questions (a) to (c) above, there ought to be a further inquiry
          by a select committee into all or any of the matters complained off

(7) Where the Hybrid Instruments Committee have reported to the House that there ought to be such further inquiry into all or any of the matters complained of, the House may refer all or any of the matters on which the committee have so reported to a select committee consisting of five lords, named by the House on the proposal of the Committee of Selection; and the House shall specify the orders of reference of the select committee.

(8) For the purposes of Public Business Standing Order 72 (Affirmative instruments) the proceedings on a hybrid instrument shall be terminated when—

      (a) there has been laid before the House a report by the Chairman of Committees under paragraph (3); or

      (b) there has been laid before the House a report by the  Hybrid Instruments Committee  under 
           paragraph (6) that no petitioner has a locus standi or that none of the matters complained of in petitions 
           against the instrument ought to be inquired into by a select committee; or

      (c) the House has decided that none of those 80 matters be referred to a select committee; or

      (d) there has been laid before the House the report of the select committee to whom any matter has
           been referred under this standing order.

(9) Where proceedings under this standing order have not been completed in respect of a hybrid instrument which has expired or lapsed, a further affirmative instrument made or laid in draft to substantially the same effect may be substituted for the previous instrument for the purposes of those proceedings.

(10) This standing order shall not, except in so far as it defines a hybrid instrument, apply to an “expedited hybrid instrument” as defined in paragraph (1) of Standing Order 216A (Expedited hybrid instruments).

216A Expedited hybrid instruments

(1) This order applies to a hybrid instrument, as defined in paragraph (1) of Standing Order 216 (Hybrid instruments), which, by virtue of the Act authorising it to be made, is, after the expiry of a period prescribed by that Act (the “prescribed period”) to proceed in Parliament as if its provisions would, apart from that Act, require to be enacted by a public bill that is not hybrid; and such a hybrid instrument is in this standing order referred to as an “expedited hybrid instrument”.

(2) A petition to the House not to affirm an expedited hybrid instrument shall be signed by the petitioner or his agent and be deposited or sent so as to be received in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments within ten days beginning with the day on which the instrument is laid before the House. The said period of ten days shall not be extended by any dissolution or prorogation of Parliament, or adjournment of the House.

(3) If no petition is received in the office of the Clerk of the
Parliaments within the said ten days, or if every petition,or the only petition, so received is withdrawn, the Chairman of Committees shall report that fact to the House.

(4) Any petition received in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments within the said ten days shall, together with  the instrument petitioned against, stand referred to the Hybrid Instruments Committee and shall be subject to inquiry by that committee only.

(5) The Hybrid Instruments Committee,  after considering any representations in writing by the parties to the proceedings, and after hearing, if they think fit, the parties in person or counsel or agents appearing for the parties—

      (a) shall decide whether the petitioner has a locus standi, and

      (b) shall decide that question as if the instrument were a private bill and the committee were a select 
           committee on the bill.

(6) If the committee decide that the petitioner has no locus standi they shall report their decision to the House; but if they decide that he has a locus standi they shall report to the House—

      (a) whether the petition discloses substantial grounds of complaint;

      (b) whether the matters complained of in the petition have been so dealt with that no further inquiry is 
           necessary;

      (c) whether the petitioner failed to avail himself of opportunities of having the matters complained of
           properly inquired into; and

      (d) whether or not, in the light of their findings on questions (a) to (c) above, they are proceeding 
           with a further inquiry into all or any of the matters complained of.

(7) Where the committee have decided that they are proceeding with such further inquiry, the parties shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel or agents and the committee shall report on such further inquiry to the House before the end of the prescribed period.

(8) For the purposes of Public Business Standing Order 72 (Affirmative instruments) the proceedings on an expedited hybrid instrument shall be terminated when—

       (a) the Chairman of Committees has reported under paragraph (3) of this standing order; or

       (b) the  Hybrid  Instruments  Committee  have reported under paragraph (6) of this standing
            order that no petitioner has a locus standi; or

       (c) the  Hybrid  Instruments  Committee  have reported that they are not proceeding with a further
            inquiry into the matters complained of; or

       (d) the Hybrid Instruments Committee have reported on the further inquiry referred to in 
            paragraph (6) above; or

       (e) the prescribed period has expired. 

(9) If a further instrument is made or laid in draft to substantially the same effect as the previous instrument, it may be substituted for the previous instrument for the purposes of proceedings under this standing order where such proceedings have not been completed before the 80 prescribed period has expired.

(10) Any report required to be made to the House under this standing order shall, if the House is adjourned, be printed and shall be laid on the table of the House at its next sitting.

217  Fees in respect of hybrid instruments

The fees to be charged in respect of hybrid instruments in the House of Lords shall be such as shall be authorised from time to time by the House.