Motion on Standing Orders
That Standing Order 41 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Tuesday 1 December to allow the motion in the name of Baroness Thomas of Winchester to be taken before the Second Reading of the Northern Ireland Assembly Members Bill [HL].
My Lords, in moving this Motion, in the interests of transparency I shall say a few words so that the House is fully aware why I am proposing it. The Motion would set aside Standing Order 41, which gives proceedings on Public Bills precedence over Motions on negative instruments. This would allow the Motion of the noble Baroness, Lady Thomas of Winchester, to be taken before the Second Reading of the Northern Ireland Assembly Members Bill next Tuesday 1 December. This order of business is being proposed following discussions through the usual channels which concluded that in this case the proposed order of business might be for the general convenience of the House. I understand that the noble Baroness, Lady Thomas of Winchester, is content with the proposal, subject to the agreement of the House. I am grateful to her for her understanding.