HL Deb 22 February 2000 vol 610 cc133-4
Lord Carter

My Lords, it may be for the convenience of the House if I explain the procedure for dealing with the three GLA orders today. It has been agreed among the usual channels that the second of today's affirmative orders and the Prayer against the election rules will be debated together this afternoon, and that includes the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish.

The procedure will be as follows. The debate on the disqualification order will take place first, and the Motion to approve it will be moved and dealt with, it is to be hoped, quite quickly.

The joint debate on the remaining two orders will then begin. My noble friend Lord Whitty will move his Motion that the election expenses order be agreed to. In his speech he will deal with the election expenses order and the election rules order. The noble Lord, Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish, will then move his amendment to the first order and speak also to his second Motion on the election rules.

The joint debate on both instruments will then take place. Any noble Lord who wishes to speak on either Motion should do so at that point. At the end of the debate the amendment to the order will be dealt with first. The Question will then be put on the election expenses order. Finally, and without further debate, the Question will be put on the Prayer against the election rules.