Legislative Process (Standing Orders)

– in the House of Commons at 6:25 pm on 1st November 2006.

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Ordered,

That the following repeals of Standing Orders, new Standing Orders, and amendments to Standing Orders be made with effect from the start of the next Session of Parliament; and that references to standing committees in other orders and resolutions of this House be construed accordingly:

(i) Standing Orders repealed

Standing Order No. 84 (Constitution of standing committees)

Standing Order No. 91 (Special standing committees)

Standing Order No. 101 (Scottish Standing Committees)

(ii) New Standing Orders

'Public bill committees

A.— (1) A public bill committee shall be appointed for the consideration of each bill committed to such a committee, subject to paragraphs (4) and (5).

(2) A public bill committee to which a bill is, or certain provisions of a bill are, committed by means of a programme order under Standing Order No. 83A (Programming motions) shall have the power to send for persons, papers and records.

(3) A public bill committee given the power (under paragraph (2) of this order or paragraph (2)(b) of Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills not subject to a programme order)) to send for persons, papers and records may hear oral evidence at such meetings as the committee may appoint, and, unless the committee otherwise orders, all such evidence shall be given in public. The oral evidence shall be printed in the official report of the committee's debates and the committee shall have power to report written evidence to the House as if it were a select committee.

(4) A Scottish public bill committee shall be appointed for the consideration of—

(a) each bill certified by the Speaker as relating exclusively to Scotland and committed to a public bill committee, and

(b) each bill committed to a Scottish public bill committee.

(5) The Committee of Selection may not nominate a public bill committee in respect of a private Member's bill while proceedings in another public bill committee on a private Member's bill are still active, unless notice of a motion in support of that nomination has been tabled by a Minister of the Crown:

Provided that, if a private Member in charge of a bill for which a public bill committee has been nominated informs the Committee of Selection that he does not intend for the time being to proceed with the committee stage of his bill, the committee may nominate another public bill committee; but in such cases the first public bill committee may not meet until the second public bill committee has concluded its proceedings.'

'General committees

B. The following committees shall be general committees:

(a) second reading committees;

(b) public bill committees;

(c) committees to consider bills on report;

(d) the Scottish Grand Committee;

(e) the Welsh Grand Committee;

(f) the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

(g) the Regional Affairs Committee;

(h) Delegated Legislation Committees;

(i) the European Standing Committees.'.

(iii) Amendments to Standing Orders

Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business):

Leave out line 81 and insert 'public bill committee'.

Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills):

Title, at end add 'not subject to a programme order.'

Line 6, after 'motion' insert '(a)'.

Line 7, leave out 'or to a special standing committee'.

Line 10, after 'Commons', insert '; or

(b) to give a public bill committee to which a bill has been committed under this order the power to send for persons, papers and records'.

Standing Order No. 80A (Carry-over of bills):

Line 30, after 'bill' insert 'and any evidence received by the committee'.

Standing Order No. 83A (Programming of bills):

Line 9, at end insert new paragraph:

'(2A) A programme motion may not disapply paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. A (Public bill committees).'.

Standing Order No. 83C (Programming sub-committees):

Line 63, at end add—

'Provided that the Chairman may allow a sitting at which oral evidence is heard to continue for up to a quarter of an hour beyond the time provided for in the resolution.'.

Standing Order No. 86 (Nomination of standing committees):

Line 29, at end add—

'(iii) for the consideration of any bill a draft of which, or of parts of which, has been considered by a committee of this House, the Committee of Selection shall treat a Member's membership of that committee as one of the qualifications to which it shall have regard.'.

Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees):

Line 6, after 'sitting' insert 'and subject to the proviso in paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. A (Public bill committees)'.

Standing Order No. 90 (Second reading committees):

Line 26, leave out paragraph (3).

Standing Order No. 92 (Consideration on report of certain bills by a standing committee):

Line 4, leave out 'standing committee' and insert 'committee to consider bills on report'.

Standing Order No. 97 (Scottish Grand Committee (bills in relation to their principle)):

Line 46, leave out 'Standing Committee (or to a special standing committee)' and insert 'public bill committee'.

Leave out line 53 and insert 'public bill committee'.

Standing Order No. 117 (Standing Committee on Regional Affairs):

Leave out title and insert 'Regional Affairs Committee'.

Line 2, leave out 'Standing Committee on Regional Affairs' and insert 'Regional Affairs Committee'.

Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation):

Leave out title and insert 'Delegated Legislation Committees'.

Line 2, leave out 'Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation' and insert 'Delegated Legislation Committees'.

Line 5, at end insert '; and those instruments shall be distributed among the committees by the Speaker.'.

Line 15, leave out 'Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation' and insert 'Delegated Legislation Committee'.

Standing Order No. 161 (Duties of Serjeant at Arms with respect to the public):

Line 14, leave out 'select and standing'.

(iv) Other amendments to Standing Orders relating to nomenclature

Leave out 'standing' and insert 'public bill' in the following Standing Orders, as indicated:

No. 12 (House not to sit on certain Fridays), line 22;

No. 63 (Committal of bills), lines 4, 15 and 30;

No. 73 (Report of bills committed to standing committees), the title and line 4;

No. 76 (Debate on bill reported from standing committee), the title and line 1;

No. 80A (Carry-over of bills), lines 41, 43, 51 and 54;

No. 83A (Programming of bills), lines 19, 25 and 30;

No. 83C (Programming sub-committees), lines 2 and 51;

No. 83D (Programme orders: conclusion of proceedings in standing committee or in committee of the whole House), the title and line 2;

No. 86 (Nomination of standing committees), line 22; and

No. 120 (Business sub-committees), line 2.

Leave out 'standing' and insert 'general' in the following Standing Orders, as indicated:

No. 85 (Chairmen of standing committees), the title and lines 1, 7, 13, 15 and 20;

No. 86 (Nomination of standing committees), the title and line 9;

No. 87 (Attendance of law officers and ministers in standing committees), the title and lines 3, 17 and 20;

No. 88 (Meeting of standing committees), the title and lines 1, 10, 19 and 43;

No. 89 (Procedure in standing committees), the title and lines 9, 13, 16, 29, 34, 44, 51 and 55;

No. 92 (Consideration on report of certain bills by a standing committee), the title;

No. 93 (Scottish Grand Committee (composition and business)), line 1;

No. 102 (Welsh Grand Committee (composition and business)), line 1;

No. 109 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (composition and business)), line 1;

No. 117 (Regional Affairs Committee), line 1;

No. 119 (European Standing Committees), line 1; and

No. 152C (Tax law rewrite (joint committee)), line 23.

Leave out 'standing' in the following Standing Orders, as indicated:

No. 86 (Nomination of standing committees), line 4;

No. 92 (Consideration on report of certain bills by a standing committee), line 12;

No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), lines 1 and 6.— [Mr. Straw.]