HL Deb 31 October 1968 vol 297 cc33-4

My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. This of course relates not to the Appellate Committees, on which your Lordships accepted a Resolution yesterday, but to Appeal Committees, which hear Petitions for leave to appeal. 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 the 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, he 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 I 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 may, 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 he granted take its decision and give directions accordingly on behalf of the House.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.