Provisional Order Confirmation Bills

178  Meaning of “confirming bill” (HC 211)

In the eight following orders a bill to confirm with or without amendment any one or more provisional orders is referred to as a confirming bill: but nothing in those orders shall, except as otherwise expressly provided, apply—

      (a) to provisional orders issued under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936 or to bills
           to confirm such provisional orders, or

      (b) to orders within the meaning of the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act 1945 being orders
           in relation to which that Act applies, or to bills to confirm such orders.

179  Proof and deposit of plans, etc. (HC 212)

(1) This order applies whenever plans, sections, books of reference or maps are deposited with any public department in relation to—

      (a) any provisional order, or

      (b) any order which becomes provisional at a time after it was made, being an order by which it
           is proposed to authorise the compulsory acquisition of land or of the rights to use land or the construction
           or alteration of works.

(2) Copies of those documents shall also be deposited in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments—

      (a) in the case of any such order as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(a), on the same day as the deposit is
           made with the public department or, if such 15 deposit is made after a prorogation of Parliament and
           before 20th November in any year, on or before 20th November;

      (b) in the case of any such order as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(b), on or before the date of the introduction
           into either House of Parliament of a bill for confirming the order.

180  Application of Standing Order 47 to provisional orders (HC 213)

Where a provisional order proposed to be confirmed by a confirming bill contains or revives, or extends the time limited for the exercise of, any power to acquire land in such circumstances that, had it been a private bill, Standing Order 47 (Deposit of statement as to houses and persons on land to be acquired) would have applied, that order shall apply as if the expression “bill” included a provisional order.

181  Examination of confirming bills by Examiners (HC 214)

(1) A confirming bill, after having been read the first time, shall be referred to the Examiners, and the Examiner—

      (a) shall certify whether the two preceding standing orders (if applicable) have or have not been complied
           with, and

      (b) where they have not been complied with, shall report the facts upon which his decision is founded
           and any special circumstances connected with the case. 

(2) The  certificate shall be deposited in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments.

(3) Standing Orders 76, 79, 81 and 87 shall apply in relation to the examination of confirming bills in like manner as to the examination of private bills except that—

      (a) memorials complaining of non-compliance with standing orders shall be deposited before 12 noon on
           the day first appointed for the examination of a confirming bill together with two copies thereof
           for the use of the Examiners;

      (b) the Examiner shall be entitled to entertain a memorial against a confirming bill although neither the
           party (if any) who may be specially affected by non-compliance with standing orders nor his agent has
           signed it; and

      (c) in the case of a bill which originated in the House of Commons, compliance with such standing
           orders only as have not been previously inquired into need be proved.

(4) Where in the House of Commons provisions have been inserted in a confirming bill to which the standing orders of this House would apply if the bill were a private bill, the Examiner shall inquire whether in respect of those provisions the standing orders have been complied with, and certify accordingly.

(5) Not less than two clear days’ notice of the day on which a confirming bill will be examined shall be given in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments by the Examiner; but he shall not give such notice until after the bill has been printed by order of this House.

182  First reading of confirming bills (HC 216)

No confirming bill originating in this House shall be read the first time after 15th May in any year in the course of a session which has begun in a previous year.

183  Second reading of confirming bills

No confirming bill shall be read a second time until—

      (a) there is laid on the table a certificate from the Examiner that Standing Orders 179 (Proof and deposit of
           plans, etc.) and 180 (Application of Standing Order 47 to provisional orders) (if applicable) have been
           complied with in respect of the bill; or

      (b) there is presented to the House a report from the Standing Orders Committee that the said standing
           orders (if applicable) have been so complied with; or

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

184  Time for presenting petitions against confirming bills (HC 217)

Petitions against confirming bills shall be signed by the petitioner or his agent and presented by being deposited in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments—

      (a) in the case of a bill originating in this House not  later than the seventh day after that on which the bill was
           read the second time;

      (b) in the case of a bill brought from the House of Commons not later than the tenth day after that on which
           the bill was read the first time.

185  Proceedings in committees on confirming bills (HC 217)

(1) Every confirming bill, before being committed to a Committee of the Whole House, shall—

      (a) as respects any opposed orders scheduled thereto, be referred to a select committee of five lords
           named by the Chairman of Committees in pursuance of Standing Order 95 (Appointment of committees);

      (b) as respects any unopposed orders scheduled thereto, be referred to an unopposed bill committee to be
           proceeded with in the same manner as an unopposed private bill.

(2) The proceedings of the select committee, or the unopposed bill committee, shall be conducted in like manner as in the case of a private bill; and shall be  subject to the provisions of Standing Orders 104 to 145 relating to committees on private bills, so far as they are applicable.

(3) Where some one or more only of the orders to be confirmed by the bill are opposed, the Chairman of Committees may, if he thinks fit, divide the bill into two bills, the one to confirm the opposed orders and the other to confirm the unopposed orders and the former shall be dealt with as an opposed bill, and the latter as an unopposed bill.

186  Application of certain standing orders to confirming bills (HC 219)

The following standing orders shall apply in relation to confirming bills in like manner as to private bills, that is to say:—

      (a) Standing Order 75 (Bills brought from House of Commons may be referred to Examiners in respect of
           amendments made in this House);

      (b) Standing Order 91 (Special circumstances);

      (c) Standing Order 92 (Unopposed bill to be treated as opposed);

      (d) Standing Order 93 (Instructions to committees on bills)

      (e) Standing Order 102 (Supply of copies of petitions); and

      (f) Standing Order 103 (Withdrawal of petitions).