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Private Bill Procedure

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1A2: tabled on 22 November 1989

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 19 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Sir Peter Emery on 21 November 1989. This is amendment number 2.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

Leave out from 'regrets' to end and add 'that the Government openly abused the use of Private Bills in the last Session of Parliament by operating an unofficial whipping system for Private Bills which they favoured, notably the Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill and the North Killingholme Cargo Terminal Bill.'.

Original motion text

That this House welcomes the constructive statement made on Thursday 9th November by the leader of the House when he stated that he hopes 'to come forward with proposals' regarding the treatment of Private Bills; recognises that this is a complex and difficult subject to which the Joint Committee on Private Bill Procedure and a number of honourable Members have devoted considerable time and effort; regrets that a group of Labour honourable Members have, during the last session, used the existing procedures in such a way as to deprive over twenty organisations, including local authorities, professional bodies and public and private companies, of their right, having presented Private Bills to Parliament of the reasonable expectation of fair treatment to bring their Bill to the Statute Book and not be subjected to blocking tactics that had nothing to do with the merits of their Bill; believes that this behaviour by Labour honourable Members brings Parliament into disrepute; and therefore urges most strongly that Her Majesty's Government should take whatever steps are necessary early in this session of Parliament to ensure that the presenters of Private legislation shall have safeguarded fully their rights to have their petition of parliament properly considered.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.