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Business of the House: Standing Order 47

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 10 July 2008

My Lords, I beg to move the first Motion on the Order Paper standing in the name of my noble friend the Lord President.

Moved, That Standing Order 47 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with on Friday 18 July to allow the Finance Bill and the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill to be taken through their remaining stages that day.—(Baroness Royall of Blaisdon.)

My Lords, why is the wording of this Motion not similar to the wording of the Motion that follows? Is it not presumptuous of the Government to assume that the Finance Bill will receive a Second Reading?

My Lords, as noble Lords know, this is standard procedure for Consolidated Fund Bills and Finance Bills. The stages of Consolidated Fund Bills are always taken formally.

My Lords, I understand that, but should it not be worded in the same way as the Motion that follows, which includes the words “in the event of” the Bill being read a second time?

My Lords, as I understand it, the wording is used precisely because of the constitutional nature of the House of Lords in relation to Finance Bills.

On Question, Motion agreed to.

rose to move, That, in the event of the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Bill being read a second time, Standing Order 47 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with on Tuesday 15 July to allow it to be taken through its remaining stages that day.

The noble Baroness said: It may be helpful if I say that the Second Reading of the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Bill will be taken today. If this Motion is agreed to, the Committee stage will be taken on Tuesday 15 July, with Report and Third Reading following immediately after the Committee stage. The Public Bill Office is already open for amendments to be tabled for Committee. Amendments received by close of play tomorrow, Friday, will be included in the Marshalled List. I beg to move.

Moved, That, in the event of the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Bill being read a second time, Standing Order 47 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with on Tuesday 15 July to allow it to be taken through its remaining stages that day.—(Baroness Royall of Blaisdon.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.