HL Deb 26 May 2004 vol 661 c53WS
The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos)

The House will wish to know how it is proposed to review the package of changes to working practices agreed by the House in July 2002, on the basis of the Procedure Committee's fifth report of 2001–02. Unless the House takes further decisions, the changes will expire at the end of this Session. Following discussion through the usual channels and at the Procedure Committee, I intend that the review should begin with another Leader's Group, composed as follows:

  • B Amos (Chair)
  • L Brooke of Alverthorpe
  • L Cope of Berkeley
  • L Craig of Radley
  • L Grocott
  • L Roper
  • L Strathclyde
  • L Waddington
  • L Williams of Crosby
  • L Williamson of Horton

The group's remit will be to review the procedural changes agreed by the House in July 2002 and to make recommendations to the Procedure Committee for their retention, modification or reversal, with any associated changes. The review will include September sitting, but not the terms of reference of the Statutory Instruments Merits Committee (because these are to be reviewed separately after the first year), nor matters relating to the Speakership of the House.

The proposed timetable is:

  • Group report by 16 September
  • Procedure Committee consider and report by end October
  • Debate in November
  • Any changes to take effect at start of next Session