Business of the House: Standing Order 73

– in the House of Lords at 3:06 pm on 13 June 2005.

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Photo of Baroness Amos Baroness Amos President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Lords (Privy Council Office) 3:06, 13 June 2005

My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.

Perhaps I may give a brief word of explanation. The Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has not yet been reappointed and the direction made by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland will lapse if it is not agreed to by 23 June. This is an unusual situation and I am grateful for the agreement of the usual channels to this Motion being tabled.

Moved, That Standing Order 73 (Affirmative Instruments) be dispensed with to enable the direction given on 1 April by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland under the Northern Ireland Act 1998, regarding Reduction of Financial Assistance, to be taken on Tuesday 14 June notwithstanding that no report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments on the instrument has been laid before the House.—(Baroness Amos.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.