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Parliamentary Costs Act 2006

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9Award of costs to promoter of 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 proved, and

(b)unanimously reports that the promoter has been vexatiously exposed to costs as a result of opposition to the Bill by one or more petitioners.

(2)The promoter may recover from the petitioner (or, where there is more than one, those specified by the committee)—

(a)such portion as the committee specifies of the promoter’s costs of promoting the Bill (subject to their assessment under section 12), or

(b)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.

(4)A landowner who at his own risk and cost opposes a private Bill which proposes the acquisition of any part of his property is not liable under this section for any costs in respect of his opposition.

(5)For the purposes of this section and section 10, a committee is to be regarded as reporting unanimously if its report is made by every member of it present.

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