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Business without Debate

Volume 525: debated on Thursday 24 March 2011

Draft Defamation Bill (Joint Committee)


That this House concurs with the Lords Message of 23 March, that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider the draft Defamation Bill presented to both Houses on 15 March (Cm 8020).


That a Select Committee of six Members be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Lords to consider the draft Defamation Bill (Cm 8020).

That the Committee should report on the draft Bill by Tuesday 19 July 2011.

That the Committee shall have power—

(i) to send for persons, papers and records;

(ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

(iii) to report from time to time;

(iv) to appoint specialist advisers; and

(v) to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom.

That Sir Peter Bottomley, Rehman Chishti, Chris Evans, Dr Julian Huppert, Mr David Lammy and Stephen Phillips be members of the Committee.—(Bill Wiggin.)

Private Members’ Bills

Motion made,

That, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 14(4), Private Members’ Bills shall have precedence over Government business on 9 September 2011, 21 October 2011, 25 November 2011 and 20 January 2012.—(Bill Wiggin.)

Since there is an amendment not supported by the Member in charge, I will follow the practice of my predecessors and treat it as an objection to the motion. Objection taken.