§ The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern)
My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.
There is a special Motion on the Order Paper relating partly to this Northern Ireland consolidation and partly to the social security consolidation for the remainder of the United Kingdom that came before your Lordships earlier this week. The Social Security (Consequential Provisions) Bill and the Social Security (Consequential Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Bill form an essential part of their respective consolidations but they are not themselves strictly consolidation Bills. They are most conveniently dealt with, along with the other consolidation Bills, by the Joint Committee, but the Rules of the House require that the House refer them to the Joint Committee specifically. That is the purpose of the Motion.
§ Moved, that the Social Security (Consequential Provisions) Bill and the Social Security (Consequential Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Bill be referred to the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills.—(The Lord Chancellor.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to, and it was ordered that a Message be sent to the Commons desiring their agreement thereto.