First and Second Reading

97  Chairman of Committees to authorise deposit of petitions for late bills (HC 2A)

(1) Where a bill has not been deposited in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order 38 (Deposit of printed copies of bills in Parliament Office), the Chairman of Committees may grant leave (to be signified by endorsement on the petition for the bill) for the deposit thereof in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments.

(2) Nothing in this order shall exonerate the petitioners from the effect of their failure to comply with the requirements of Standing Order 38 (Deposit of printed copies of bills in Parliament Office).

98  First reading of bills (HC 163)

(1) A private bill originating in this House shall be read a first time on—

      (a) 22nd January or, if the House is not sitting on that day, the first sitting day after that, or

      (b) the day given by paragraph (2),

whichever is the later.

(2) The day given by this paragraph is—

      (a) the day on which there is laid on the table a certificate from the Examiner that standing orders 
           have been complied with in respect of the bill, or

      (b) the day on which there is presented to the House a report from the Standing Orders Committee
           that standing orders have been complied with in respect of the bill, or

      (c) the day on which the House, after considering a report from the Standing Orders Committee
           that standing orders ought to be dispensed with in respect of the bill, agrees that the bill be allowed 
           to proceed.

(3) A private bill brought from the House of Commons shall be read a first time forthwith.

98A  Reports concerning human rights  (HC 169A)

In the case of a private bill originating in this House or brought from the House of Commons, a report from a minister of the Crown on the statement of opinion required by Standing Order 38(3) shall be presented to the House (by being deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments) not later than the second sitting day after that on which the bill was read a first time.

99  Second reading of bills (HC 170)

(1) The day for which a private bill originating in this House is first set down for second reading shall not be earlier than the second day on which the House sits for public business after the day of the first reading thereof.

(2) The day for which a private bill brought from the House of Commons is first set down for second reading shall
not be earlier than—

      (a) the day on which there is laid on the table a certificate from the Examiner that such standing
           orders as have not been previously inquired into have been complied with in respect of the bill or
           that no further standing orders are applicable to the bill; or

      (b) the day on which there is presented to the House a report from the Standing Orders Committee that
           such standing orders as aforesaid have been so complied with; or

      (c) the day on which the House, after considering a report from the Standing Orders Committee that
           standing orders ought to be dispensed with in respect of the bill, agrees that the bill be allowed to proceed.

100  Reference of bills to Examiners after second reading

A private bill which is referred to the Examiners after second reading shall not be committed until—

      (a) the Examiner has certified that any standing orders not previously inquired into are not applicable 
           thereto, or that any such standing orders as may be applicable have been complied with, or

      (b) the standing orders not having been complied with, the Standing Orders Committee have 
            reported that such standing orders should be dispensed with, and the House has agreed to such report.