Motion to Agree
That the standing orders relating to public business be amended as follows:
Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the Order Paper)
In paragraph (8), after “Affirmative Instruments”, insert “, Negative Instruments”.
My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.
My Lords, before the House agrees this Motion, perhaps I may ask why we are not now hearing the outcome of the hereditary Peers’ by-elections? That would have been normal at this time and indeed was widely expected. While I acknowledge that we are sitting an hour earlier than was originally intended, was it really not possible to complete the count by now?
My Lords, my noble friend has the answer to the question in one. There is no solution because the counters are counting at the moment and have not completed their business. However, I am able to announce to the House that the announcement will be made at the end of the Third Reading of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.