HL Deb 13 November 1969 vol 305 cc763-4

My Lords, I beg to move the second Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. In moving this Motion, I would only say that this continues the process, started on November 4, of reappointing the Select Committees.

Moved, That a Select Committee of three Lords be appointed to join with a Committee of the Commons as a Joint Committee to consider and report whether any, and if so what, changes in the law of defamation and of Parliamentary Privilege are desirable in relation to the publication of the proceedings in Parliament:

That the Lords following be named of the Committee:—

  • E. Selkirk
  • L. Donovan
  • L. Stow Hill.

That two be the quorum:

That such Committee have power to agree with the Committee of the House of Commons in the appointment of a Chairman:

That leave be given to the Joint Committee to hear parties interested by themselves, their Counsel, agents and witnesses, so far as the Committee think fit:

That the memoranda received by the Joint Committee on the Publication of Proceedings in Parliament in the last session be referred to the Committee:

That the evidence taken before the Joint Committee be printed, but no copies be delivered out except to members of the Committee and to such other persons as the Committee shall think fit, until further order:

That the Joint Committee have leave to report from time to time.

On Question, Motion agreed to: Ordered, That a message he sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith and to desire them to appoint an equal number of their Members to be joined with the said Lords.