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Standing Orders (Public Business)

Volume 767: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2015

Motion to Agree

Moved by

That the standing orders relating to public business be amended as follows:

Standing Order 22 (Leave of absence)

In Standing Order 22(1), in line 2, after “so” insert “for reasons of temporary circumstance”; and in line 3 leave out from “pleasure” to end.

In Standing Order 22, after paragraph (2) insert-

“(2A) When applying for leave of absence a Lord should state in his written application that he has a reasonable expectation that he will be in a position again to take part in the proceedings of the House.

(2B) The provisions of paragraph (2A) do not apply to the Earl Marshal and the Lord Great Chamberlain.”

In Standing Order 22(3), in line 4, after “to” insert “resign under the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 or, if he expects to attend again in the future,”.

In Standing Order 22, leave out paragraph (4).

Motion agreed.