HL Deb 22 October 1968 vol 296 c1445

My Lords, on behalf of my noble friend the Leader of the House, I beg to move the Motion standing in his name: That leave be given to the Lord Bishop of Worcester to advance his Motion on the Prayer Book (Further Provisions) (No. 2) Measure from Thursday next to this day, and that it be taken after the Design Copyright Bill. I had also intended to clarify the italics note on the Order Paper and suggest that the Medicines Bill be taken after the Prayer Book Measure, which is what the italics note was intended to mean. However, I understand that there is another proposal, to which I would be prepared to listen, by the noble Lord, Lord Newton, if he has the general agreement of the House, to advance the Medicines Bill.


My Lords, I am much obliged to the noble Lord, Lord Beswick, for raising this point which I should like to mention. The Order Paper is slightly ambiguous as to which of these two matters of Business is to be taken first. I am wondering, therefore, whether your Lordships might consider taking first the Commons Amendments to the Medicines Bill, because when we reach that Business I propose to suggest to the House, simply as my suggestion on behalf of the Opposition, that those Amendments be taken formally. I have asked the right reverend Prelate whether he would object to this Business coming before his Motion, and he was kind enough to say that he would not. In these circumstances I suggest that it might be helpful to your Lordships if we took that course.


My Lords, I am much obliged to the noble Lord, Lord Nugent. On the understanding that the Business on the Medicines Bill is formal, and that the right reverend Prelate has agreed to this course, I should have thought that it would be for the convenience of the House.

On Question, Motion, as amended, agreed to.