Suspension and revival of Bills

150A Suspension of bills  (HC 188A)

(1) Paragraph (2) applies in any case where—

      (a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill originating in this House should have leave to
           suspend any further proceedings on the bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next
           session of Parliament, and any conditions attached to the leave have been met, and

      (b) the House of Commons concur with the resolution, or have previously passed a resolution
           to the like effect as the resolution of this House.

(2) The bill shall be deposited in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than noon on the second sitting day in the next session together with a declaration, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill at the last stage of the proceedings on it in this House in the current session.

(3) Paragraph (4) applies in any case where—

      (a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill originating in the House of Commons should have
           leave to suspend any further proceedings on the bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in
           the next session of Parliament, and any conditions attached to the leave have been met; and

      (b) the House of Commons subsequently pass a resolution to the like effect as the resolution of this House.

(4) If the bill is brought from the House of Commons in the next session, the agent for the bill shall deposit in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments a declaration, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill which was brought from the House of Commons in the current session.

(5) The following provisions of this Order apply in both of those cases.

(6) The proceedings on the bill in the next session of Parliament shall be pro forma in regard to every stage through which the bill has passed in the current session, and no new fees shall be charged to those stages.

(7) The bill shall be deposited in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than noon on the second sitting day in the next session together with a declaration, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill at the last stage of the proceedings on it in this House in the current session.

(8) If there is any petition outstanding—

      (a) any such petition which has been presented (if not withdrawn) shall stand referred to any select 
           committee on the bill in the next session;

      (b) any minutes of evidence taken before a select committee on the bill in the current session shall stand
           referred to any select committee on the bill in the next session; 

      (c) no petitioners shall be heard before any select committee on the bill in the next session unless their
           petition has been presented within the time stipulated for the deposit of petitions in the current session
           or deposited pursuant to Standing Order 109(b);

      (d) Standing Order 110 shall have effect as if the words “under Standing Order 109 (Reference to
           committee of petitions against bill)” were omitted.

(9) In this order “the current session” means the session in which the resolution of this House is passed and “the next session” shall be construed accordingly.

  • Amendment made on 30 October to the Standing Orders relating to Private Business (HL 262)
  • Amendment made on 30 October to the Standing Orders relating to Private Business (HL 262)

150B Revival of bills (HC 188B)

(1) Paragraphs (2) and (3) apply in any case where—

      (a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill which—

             (i) originated in this House in an earlier session of this Parliament or in the last Parliament; and

             (ii) had not received the Royal Assent,

       should have leave to proceed with the bill in the current session; and

       (b) the House of Commons concur with the resolution, or have previously passed  a resolution to
            the like effect as the resolution of this House.

(2) The petition for the bill shall be deemed to have been deposited and all Standing Orders applicable to it shall be deemed to have been complied with.

(3) The bill shall be deposited in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than the fifth day on which the House sits after the passing of the resolution of this House, or (as applicable) the concurrence of the House of Commons, and a declaration, signed by the agent, shall be annexed to the bill stating that it is the same in every respect as the bill at the last stage of the proceedings on it in this House in the last Parliament or, as the case may be, the bill passed by this House.

(4) Paragraph (5) applies in any case where—

      (a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill which—

             (i) originated in the House of Commons in an earlier session of this Parliament or in the last Parliament; and

             (ii) had not received the Royal Assent, should have leave to proceed with the bill in the current
                  session; and

      (b) the House of Commons subsequently pass a resolution to the like effect as the resolution of this House.

(5) If the bill is brought from the House of Commons in the current session, the agent for the bill shall deposit in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments a declaration, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill which was brought from the Commons in the last session.

(6) The following provisions of this Order apply in both of  those cases.

(7) The proceedings on the bill in the current session shall be pro forma in regard to every stage through which it passed in the last Parliament or, as the case may be, the last session, and no further fees shall be charged to those stages.

(8) If there is any petition outstanding—

      (a) any such petition which stood referred to a select committee on the bill in the last Parliament or, as
           the case may be, the last session shall stand referred to a select committee on the bill in the current
           session;

      (b) any minutes of evidence taken before a select committee on the bill in the last Parliament or, as the
           case may be, the last session shall stand referred to a select committee on the bill in the current
           session;

      (c) no petitioners shall be heard before any select committee on the bill in the current session unless their
           petition has been presented within the time stipulated for the deposit of petitions in the last Parliament
           or, as the case may be, the last session or deposited pursuant to Standing Order 109(b);

      (d) Standing Order 110 shall have effect as if the words “under Standing Order 109 (Reference to committee
           of petitions against bill)” were omitted.