A petitioner against a private bill shall be entitled to be heard before the Court of Referees by himself, his counsel, or agents in support of his right to be heard upon his petition and the promoters of the Bill shall be entitled to be heard by themselves, their counsel or agents in opposition thereto; but not more than one counsel shall appear before the Court in support of a right to be heard upon his petition or in opposition thereto.
(1) The following parties may be heard before the Standing Orders Committee if the Committee think fit—
(1) In the case of a bill brought from the House of Lords relating to the estate, property, status or style, or otherwise relating to the personal affairs of an individual, if the Chairman of Ways and Means reports that the bill is of such a nature as aforesaid and is, in his opinion, such that the standing orders numbered 4 to 61 and 65 to 68 should not apply thereto, the order referring the bill to the Examiners shall be discharged, and the bill shall be ordered to be read a second time.
Hon. Members will be no doubt aware that towards the end of the Session it is customary for the Chairman of Ways and Means to move any Amendments to Private Business Standing Orders which experience shows to be necessary or desirable, and if the House passes them to-day they will be embodied in Standing Orders which will be sent to be reprinted. The Amendments proposed are little more than drafting and make no material alterations to the present practice.