HL Deb 07 June 1973 vol 343 cc212-3

3.29 p.m.

Second Report from the Select Committee considered.

The Committee's Report was as follows:


In order to give effect to the recommendations made in their First Report that the appropriate provisions of Standing Order No. 29 should be extended to Unstarred Questions, the Committee recommend that the following new paragraph be added to S.O. No. 29:— (2) No Lord is to speak more than once to any Unstarred Question except, with the Leave of the House, for the purpose of explaining himself in some material point of his speech (no new matter being introduced).

The Committee reaffirm the established practice whereby the Lord who is to reply to an Unstarred Question waits until he is satisfied that no other Lord wishes to speak on the Question.


The Committee have considered alternative procedures for taking the second reading stage of Private Bills more swiftly, but recommend no change in the present procedure. They note with approval the Lord Chairman's intention to move the second reading of Lords' Private Bills in the week following 6th February, when petitioning time has expired. They understand that he will exercise his discretion to take these second readings at the end of business. If any Lord gives notice that he wishes to debate the second reading of such a Bill, the Lord Chairman may defer the second reading to a more convenient time.


My Lords, I beg to move that this Report be now agreed to.

Moved, That the Report be agreed to.—(The Earl of Listowel.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.