My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, perhaps noble Lords will permit me to observe that the Liaison Committee met shortly before the Easter Recess. The report before the House today sets out the recommendations that were reached at that meeting.
1329 In particular, the committee recommends that the next ad hoc committee to follow that on sustainable development under the chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Tombs, which will report shortly, should consider relations between central and local government. In the usual way, the House will have the opportunity to consider and agree terms of reference for the proposed committee, and indeed its membership. I beg to move.
§ Moved, That the First Report from the Select Committee be agreed to [HL Paper 49].—(Viscount Cranborne.)
§ Following is the report referred to:
§ ORDERED TO REPORT
- 1. The Liaison Committee has given further consideration to a proposal for a select committee to scrutinise legislation for consistency with the European Convention on Human Rights. The committee does not recommend that the House should conduct the form of scrutiny proposed at the present time. We will invite the Delegated Powers Scrutiny Committee to reconsider the proposal when the impact of deregulation orders on its workload has become clearer.
- 2. The committee has considered several proposals for inquiries by ad hoc select committees which were submitted following the notice to Peers of 12 December 1994. We recommend the appointment of an ad hoc committee on relations between local and central government; this committee should be appointed after the ad hoc Committee on Sustainable Development has made its report to the House soon after the Easter Recess. We will recommend appropriate terms of reference for the committee in due course.
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.