HL Deb 29 October 1985 vol 467 c1454
Lord Aberdare

My Lords, I beg to move the third Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.

Moved, That this House do concur with the orders made by the Commons set out in their message of yesterday.—(Lord Aberdare.)

Lord Boyd-Carpenter

My Lords, as the Greater London Council now has only five months of life before it, I should like to ask my noble friend why it is necessary to take over to the next Session a Bill conferring general powers on it?

Lord Aberdare

My Lords, I think that the answer is that it is covered by the Local Government Act 1985, Clause 87(6) of which specifically excepts Bills presented in pursuance of an order of either House giving leave to suspend proceedings on a corresponding Bill in a Session beginning before that date. In regard to the necessity of it, a number of these powers are powers that are required by district councils, and the powers that are required by the Greater London Council will be distributed among the districts according to the provisions of the Act. This is a Bill which is now before another place and has not yet reached this House. I beg to move.

On Question, Motion agreed to, and it was ordered that a message be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.