HL Deb 29 July 1998 vol 592 cc1509-10

3.13 p.m.

Baroness Jay of Paddington

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

In moving the Motion I take the opportunity to thank the usual channels for agreeing that this important order should be discussed even though the Joint Committee has not yet reported on it. That is necessary for the timetable of the primary legislation under which it is laid, and because of the need for the order to be approved by both Houses before the Summer Recess. Business Motions such as this are unusual, but I hope in these circumstances that the House will approve the Motion today.

Moved, That Standing Order 70 (Affirmative Instruments) be dispensed with to enable the Motion to approve the draft Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1998 to be taken tomorrow notwithstanding that no report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments on the draft order has been laid before the House.—(Baroness Jay of Paddington.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.