HL Deb 15 December 2003 vol 655 cc94-5WA
Lord Patten

asked Her Majesty's Government:

By what date they expect that the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary will be removed from membership of the House of Lords. [HL309]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton

The noble Lord will know that it is the Government's intention to put legislation before the House later in this Session to create a Supreme Court that will have the effect of abolishing the office of Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. I expect to be able to provide the House at that time with our proposed timetable for creating the court, subject to the legislation being passed.