HL Deb 01 November 1967 vol 286 cc46-7

My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. Yesterday your Lordships appointed the two Appellate Committees. This Motion relates to the two Appeal Committees. The Appeal Committees are the Committees which hear applications and petitions for leave to appeal. The reason for having two is the same as in the case of the Appellate Committees; namely, that it enables the same constituent members to sit in two Committees if the state of Judicial Business requires it. I beg to move.

Moved, That this House, in discharge of its constitutional duty to act as the ultimate tribunal in appeals from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, orders that two Committees, each of which shall include all Lords qualified under Section 5 of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876, as amended by any subsequent enactment, be appointed to consider, during the present Session, such Petitions as may be referred to them and other matters relating to Causes depending in this House, and to Causes formerly depending in this House; and all other matters relating thereto; and that the Committees do appoint their own chairmen; and that, in pursuance of Section 1 of the Administration of Justice Act 1960, in all Appeals in which the leave of this House is required under that Act, the Petition or Application for leave to appeal shall, after being received by this House, be referred to one of such Committees as aforesaid, and such Committee may, after consideration whether such leave should be granted take its decision and give directions accordingly on behalf of the House.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

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