§ Motion made, and Question proposed,
That Standing Order No. 41 (Notices of amendments, &c., to bills) be amended, as follows:
Line 8, leave out 'or Sunday' and insert 'Sunday or bank holiday'—[Mr. St. John-Stevas.]
§ 11 pm
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
At present, Standing Order No. 41 implies that amendments can be handed in to the Public Bill Office on any bank holiday—for example, the May Day bank holiday—other than a Saturday or a Sunday, which immediately precedes the day on which the House resumes after an Adjournment of more than one day. However, House staff, including printing staff, like hon. Members, are not expected to work on bank holidays. The amendment recognises that and precludes the handing in of amendments on a bank holiday.
§ Question put and agreed to.