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Parliamentary Costs Act 2006

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10Award of costs to petitioner opposing private Bill

(1)This section applies where, in proceedings of Parliament on a private Bill, a committee of either House—

(a)decides that the preamble to the Bill is not proved, or amends the Bill so as to protect a petitioner who opposes it, and

(b)unanimously reports that a petitioner who opposes the Bill has been unreasonably or vexatiously exposed to costs in defending rights of his with which the Bill proposes to interfere.

(2)A petitioner of the kind mentioned in subsection (1)(b) may recover from the promoter—

(a)the amount of the petitioner’s costs (subject to their assessment under section 12) for defending rights of his of the kind mentioned in subsection (1)(b),

(b)if the committee specifies a portion of those costs, that portion, or

(c)if the committee specifies an amount in respect of those costs and the parties affected agree to it, that amount.

(3)The committee must specify in its report—

(a)the portion or amount of costs recoverable under this section,

(b)who must pay that portion or amount, and

(c)who may recover it.

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