HL Deb 04 June 1992 vol 537 c1029
The Lord Chancellor

My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Therefore, unless any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged.

Moved, That the order of commitment be discharged.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

Lord Mishcon

My Lords, the House has agreed to a commitment being discharged in regard to two consolidation Bills. I imagine that it will do this in regard to a third Bill. These three Bills will in due course be submitted to the committee of this House and another place which sits upon consolidation Bills. I believe that the House would wish to know that the committee is looking after, first, a Bill to protect a member of the animal kingdom; secondly, a consolidation measure which one hopes improves the lot of employees; and, thirdly, a Bill which is to improve the lot of the ordinary citizen.

I do not believe that we ought to dismiss these three Bills at Committee stage without at least the good wishes of the House being extended to the joint committee of both Houses which has been newly appointed. We hope that the committee will have an interesting Session dealing with the important function—as I know the noble and learned Lord agrees—of consolidation measures.

The Lord Chancellor

My Lords, I am sure that the House would wish to extend its good wishes to the joint consolidation committee, when appointed. As the noble Lord, Lord Mishcon, will recollect, these Bills were examined in the last Session of Parliament by the then joint consolidation committee. As a result of agreement between the two Houses the Bills do not need to go through that procedure this time. However, that in no way detracts from the message which the noble Lord wishes to send to the joint committee, when appointed. I heartily endorse those wishes.

On Question, Motion agreed to