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Maternity and Parental Leave etc. and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2008

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 10 July 2008

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

Moved, That the draft orders and regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.—(Baroness Royall of Blaisdon.)

My Lords, perhaps I may speak to the first Motion concerning the investigative powers of prosecutors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The code of practice was not deposited when this matter last came before the House, as I am sure the noble Baroness will be aware. Is there any explanation for that code of practice not having been properly lodged, and is it the Government’s practice to bring forward orders of this sort when the documentation that supports them has not been prepared, concluded and lodged at the Table?

My Lords, it is certainly not the usual practice of the Government. I understand that the documents in question have now been lodged. The problem that arose when the SI was first tabled was purely administrative; it was nothing to do with procedure.

On Question, Motions agreed to.