HL Deb 18 November 1982 vol 436 cc636-7
The Earl of Listowel

My Lords, on behalf of my noble friend the Chairman of Committees, I beg to move the first Motion standing in his name on the Order Paper.

Moved, That the Select Committee on Procedure of the House be appointed; and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the Lords following, with the Chairman of Committees, be named of the Committee:—

—(The Earl of Listowel.)

Lord Shinwell

My Lords, I apologise for my precipitate action. I ought to have been a little more leisurely about the matter. Anyway, I have offered an apology. I have never noted my name, although I have been here for 13 or 14 years, included in any committee appointed by your Lordships' House. I have often wondered what is the reason. I can only assume that it is on grounds of age. On that assumption—it may be an ill-founded assumption, but perhaps not—I suggest that no name should be included in either this Motion or the following one, if the Peer is over 85 years of age. Would that be a reasonable Motion to move?

The Earl of Listowel

My Lords, I have noted carefully what my noble friend Lord Shinwell has suggested, and I will certainly draw the attention of my noble friend the Chairman of Committees to his observations.

On Question, Motion agreed to.