HL Deb 15 March 2005 vol 670 c469GC

[The Deputy Chairman of Committees (Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale) in the Chair.]

The Deputy Chairman of Committees (Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale)

Before the Minister moves that the first order he considered, it may be helpful for me to say a word about the procedure for today's Grand Committee. Our proceedings are essentially the same as those in the House. Noble Lords will speak standing. All noble Lords are free to attend and participate, and the proceedings will be reported in Hansard.

As there is more than one item of business today, each item will be called on by the Clerk, unless it has already been debated with another item. So far as the orders which are to be debated today are concerned, I should perhaps make it clear to noble Lords that the Committee is charged only to consider these items, not to approve or not approve them. The Motions to approve will he moved in the Chamber in the usual way.

If there is a Division in the Chamber while we are sitting, the Committee will adjourn at the earliest convenient moment after the Division Bells are rung and resume after 10 minutes.