HL Deb 27 October 1997 vol 582 cc884-5
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham)

My Lords, I beg to move that the first report from the Select Committee on House of Lords Offices be agreed to.

Moved, That the first report from the Select Committee be agreed to (HL Paper 28).—.(The Chairman of Committees.)

Following is the report referred to:

1. The Ceremony of Introduction

The Committee has agreed that there should be an examination into the possibility of making changes to the ceremony on the introduction of peers into the House. The Committee believes that the proper way of proceeding is for the Leader of the House to table a Motion for an Humble Address to Her Majesty the Queen praying that Her Majesty place Her prerogative and interest at the disposal of the House for the purpose of considering alterations to the introduction ceremony. A debate on this Motion (and a vote, if desired) will give the House the opportunity to express its views.

The Committee was informed that it had been agreed through the usual channels that, on those Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays when three introductions were scheduled to take place, the House would sit at 2.15 p.m. Meetings of the House at 2.15 p.m. for introductions are well precedented.

2. Implications For The Lords of The Commons Select Committee on Modernisation

The Committee took note of proposals made by the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons (HC 190 & 191) and agreed to consider at the appropriate time whether it would be desirable to make any consequential changes to Lords procedure.

On Question, Motion agreed to.

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