EARL ST. ALDWYN
My Lords, on behalf of my noble friend the Leader of the House, I beg to move the Motion standing in his name. This Standing Order was drafted by the Procedure Committee and was contained in the Report of that Committee which the House agreed to on August 1 last. Your Lordships will be aware that in the past it has been necessary, when this House would not otherwise be sitting, to hold Formal Sittings on Fridays to receive Bills passed by another place, in order that they might be printed and circulated as soon as possible. The adoption of this new Standing Order will dispense with those Formal Sittings and enable Bills to be printed and circulated as soon as they are received from another place. I beg to move.
§ Printing of Bills brought from the Commons
§ "44A. If a Public Bill is passed by the Commons and is carried up to the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments on a day on which this House is not sitting, and if it is for the convenience of this House that copies of the Bill should be circulated before the Bill is read a first time, the Bill shall be deemed to have been brought from the Commons and the Clerk of the Parliaments may arrange for the printing and circulation of copies of the Bill ".—(Earl St. Aldwyn.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to, and ordered accordingly.