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Business Of The House: Appointment Of Deputy Chairman, Select And Joint Committees, Post And Parbul

Volume 620: debated on Thursday 14 December 2000

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3.34 p.m.

My Lords, I beg to move the Motion on the Order Paper standing in the name of my noble friend Lady Jay of Paddington.

Moved, That, unless any Lord objects, leave be given to the Chairman of Committees to move the seven Motions standing in his name en bloc.—(Lord Williams of Mostyn.)

My Lords, I make no apology for appearing to do a hat trick in raising this matter on three successive occasions. Here again we have two Select Committees appointed on which no Peeress sits. It is a pity, particularly with regard to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. I know that there is nothing we can do about it on this occasion. But I hope that the Committee of Selection, which is an all-party group, will bear that in mind in future Sessions.

My Lords, I did hear the two previous interventions which the noble Lord, Lord Renton, made in this regard. My noble friend the Leader of the House gave similar answers on both occasions, which I repeat and endorse. I recognise that the noble Lord has a valid point and undertake to transmit it appropriately.

On Question, Motion agreed to.