§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DOMINION AFFAIRS (VISCOUNT ADDISON)
My Lords, with respect to the first Order on the Paper, the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Bill, the Second Reading of which is to be moved by my noble and learned friend the Lord Chancellor, it has been represented to me that some noble Lords would like to give more detailed consideration to the matter than they think they have had the opportunity to do. Of course, it is far from my desire to deprive them of any adequate opportunity of doing so. Therefore, perhaps I might suggest that after the Second Reading there should be a sufficient interval before the Committee stage to enable the study to be undertaken which some noble Lords would like to have the opportunity of making.
My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Viscount the Leader of the House for what he has said, because I think there is a feeling in some quarters that more time should be available for consideration of this matter. This Bill did not reach the House till Monday and here is the Second Reading on Thursday. It will be a great help if a longer interval is given between Second Reading and the Committee stage. There will be some noble Lords who have not had sufficient time to study the Bill and to speak on Second Reading, and, therefore, perhaps we might have a slightly more extended debate on the Motion to move the Bill into Committee. That is a matter to which I think we might give further consideration. As I have stated, I am grateful to the noble Viscount for what he said.