Annex O - Form of Objections

(1) Presiding Officer determination (Private Bills): Proper form of objections

The Presiding Officer has determined, under Rules 9A.6.4 and 9A.9.7J of Standing Orders, the proper form in which objections to a Private Bill, and objections to an amendment to such a Bill, must be lodged.

Every objection lodged against a Private Bill or an amendment to such a Bill must––

  • be in English or Gaelic
  • be printed, typed or clearly hand-written
  • set out clearly the name, address and, where available, other contact details of the objector (telephone, fax and e-mail), and
  • be signed (where applicable, by a person duly authorised and showing that person’s position or designation) and dated.

(2) Model layout for objections to a Private Bill

Objection to the [short title] Bill

1. I/We, [name of individual or body], hereby object to the [short title] Bill being promoted by [name of promoter].

2. My/our objection is to the whole Bill.

OR:

2. My/our objection is to [name particular provision or provisions].

OR:

2. My/our objection is to those provisions that [give brief description of the aspect of the Bill to which objection is taken – if individual provisions cannot easily be identified].

OR:

2. My/our objection is to the whole Bill, and also (in particular) to [name particular provisions] / to those provisions that [give brief description of the aspect of the Bill to which objection is taken – if individual provisions cannot easily be identified].

3. My/our interests would be adversely affected by the Bill because [specify].

4. My/our grounds of objection are as follows. [Set out main grounds of objection in further numbered paragraphs, giving evidence and relevant information as appropriate].

Signature

 Name of signatory (if not the objector)*

Position or designation of signatory (if appropriate)*

Date

Name of objector

Address (including postcode)

Telephone number(s) (optional)
Fax number (optional)
E-mail address (optional)

*Note: the name of the signatory should be provided if signing on behalf of an objector.  If the signatory is, for example, the objector’s agent or solicitor, or is an authorised officer of an organisation objecting to the Bill, the signatory’s position or designation should also be given.

 (3) Model layout for objections to an amendment to a Private Bill

[Short title] Bill

 Objection to amendment(s) [number(s)]

1. I/We, [name of individual or body], hereby object to amendment(s) [number(s)] to the [short title] Bill.

2. My/our interests would be adversely affected by the amendment(s) because [specify].

3. My/our grounds of objection are as follows. [Set out main grounds of objection in further numbered paragraphs, giving evidence and relevant information as appropriate].

Signature

Name of signatory (if not the objector)*

Position or designation of signatory (if appropriate)*

Date

Name of objector

Address (including postcode)

Telephone number(s) (optional)
Fax number (optional)
E-mail address (optional)

*Note: the name of the signatory should be provided if signing on behalf of an objector.  If the signatory is, for example, the objector’s agent or solicitor, or is an authorised officer of an organisation objecting to the Bill, the signatory’s position or designation should also be given.

 

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