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Business of the House: Standing Order 47

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 21 November 2006

My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. It will permit the House to take the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Bill through all stages tomorrow. This exceptional Motion is needed to allow the implementation of the St Andrews agreement, which requires the new transitional Assembly to be operational from 24 November. The Bill is expected to be taken through all stages in the other place today, and it will receive its First Reading in this House at the end of business today.

It may be helpful to the House if I say a few words about the intended procedure for tomorrow if this Motion is agreed to. The speakers list for the Second Reading is already open and the Second Reading will be taken after Starred Questions. The House will then adjourn for an hour before resuming for Committee. The Public Bill Office is ready to accept amendments today or tomorrow morning. It will also be possible to table amendments directly after the end of Second Reading tomorrow, but it would clearly be helpful for the Public Bill Office to have as much time as possible to get amendments into the right format for the Marshalled List. After Committee, the handling of Report and Third Reading will be determined according to the sense of the House.

Moved, That in the event of the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Bill being brought from the Commons, Standing Order 47 (No two stages of a Bill be taken on one day) be dispensed with tomorrow to allow the Bill to be taken through all its stages that day.—(Baroness Amos.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.