Motion on Standing Orders
Standing Order 22 (Leave of absence)
After paragraph (3) insert:
“(3A) At the start of each session of Parliament the Clerk of the Parliaments may in writing ask any Lord Temporal not on leave of absence, suspended or otherwise disqualified from attending the House, who in the previous session attended the House very infrequently, whether he wishes to apply for leave of absence for the remainder of the Parliament.
(3B) Any Lord who fails to reply to a letter sent by the Clerk of the Parliaments pursuant to paragraph (3) or (3A) above within three months from the date the letter was sent shall be granted leave of absence for the remainder of the Parliament."
In paragraph (4), delete “is expected not to” and insert “should not”.
In paragraph (5), delete “is expected to” and insert “should”.
In paragraph (5), delete “one month” and insert “three months”.
After paragraph (5) insert:
“(5A) In applying the provisions of this Standing Order the Clerk of the Parliaments may seek the advice of the Leave of Absence Sub-Committee of the Procedure Committee.”