§ 3.31 p.m.
§ The Chairman of Committees (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish)
My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.
Moved, That a Select Committee be appointed to examine the constitutional implications of all public Bills coming before the House; and to keep under review the operation of the constitution;
That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:
That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;
- L. Acton,
- V. Cranborne,
- L. Fellowes,
- L. Holme of Cheltenham,
- B. Howells of St. Davids,
- L. Lang of Monkton,
- E. Mar and Kellie,
- L. Morgan,
- L. Norton of Louth (Chairman),
- L. Ponsonby of Shulbrede,
- L. Weatherill,
- B. Young.
That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place;
That the Committee have leave to report from time to time.—(The Chairman of Committees.)
§ Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe
My Lords, I do not wish to weary the House again with my views on specialist advisers, but as the recently set-up Joint Committee on Human Rights has now met, may I ask the Chairman of Committees whether it has made any moves on the appointment of specialist advisers and, if so, who are they and where are they from?
§ The Chairman of Committees
My Lords, the legal adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights is 1270 Professor David Feldman, who is a full-time member of the staff of this House, shared with the House of Commons. As far as I know, the Joint Committee has not appointed any other adviser.
§ Lord Lester of Herne Hill
My Lords, is the Chairman of Committees aware that the committee, of which I am privileged to be a member, is very pleased that someone of Professor Feldman's quality has been appointed as legal adviser? He is outstanding.
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.