Barnett Formula Committee — Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee — Privileges Committee — Refreshment Committee — Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments — Membership Motions

– in the House of Lords at 3:24 pm on 10th December 2008.

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oved By The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara)

Barnett Formula Committee

That a Select Committee be appointed to examine the purpose, methodology and application of the Barnett formula as a means of determining funding for the devolved Administrations of the United Kingdom, to assess the effectiveness of the calculation mechanism to meet its purpose, and to consider alternative mechanisms, and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Members be appointed to the Committee:

L Forsyth of Drumlean, B Hollis of Heigham, L Lang of Monkton, L Lawson of Blaby, E Mar and Kellie, L Moser, L Richard (Chairman), L Rooker, L Rowe-Beddoe, L Sewel, L Smith of Clifton, L Trimble;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the reports of the Committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House;

That the evidence taken by the Committee shall, if the Committee so wish, be published;

That the Committee meet on Wednesday 17 December at 4 pm.

Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

That a Select Committee be appointed to consider the Merits of Statutory Instruments.

(1) The Committee shall, subject to the exceptions in paragraph (2), consider—

(a) every instrument (whether or not a statutory instrument), or draft of an instrument, which is laid before each House of Parliament and upon which proceedings may be, or might have been, taken in either House of Parliament under an Act of Parliament;

(b) every proposal which is in the form of a draft of such an instrument and is laid before each House of Parliament under an Act of Parliament,

with a view to determining whether or not the special attention of the House should be drawn to it on any of the grounds specified in paragraph (3).

(2) The exceptions are—

(a) remedial orders, and draft remedial orders, under Section 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998;

(b) draft orders under Sections 14 and 18 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006, and subordinate provisions orders made or proposed to be made under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001;

(c) Measures under the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919 and instruments made, and drafts of instruments to be made, under them.

(3) The grounds on which an instrument, draft or proposal may be drawn to the special attention of the House are—

(a) that it is politically or legally important or gives rise to issues of public policy likely to be of interest to the House;

(b) that it may be inappropriate in view of changed circumstances since the enactment of the parent Act;

(c) that it may inappropriately implement European Union legislation;

(d) that it may imperfectly achieve its policy objectives.

(4) The Committee shall also consider such other general matters relating to the effective scrutiny of the merits of statutory instruments and arising from the performance of their functions under paragraphs (1) to (3) as the Committee consider appropriate, except matters within the orders of reference of the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.

That as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Members be appointed to the Committee:

B Butler-Sloss, L Crisp, B Deech, V Eccles, L Filkin (Chairman), L James of Blackheath, L Lucas, B Maddock, L Rosser, B Thomas of Winchester;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the reports of the Committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House;

That the evidence taken by the Committee shall, if the Committee so wish, be published.

Privileges Committee

That a Committee for Privileges be appointed and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Members together with the Chairman of Committees and any four Lords of Appeal be appointed to the Committee:

B Anelay of St Johns, L Bassam of Brighton, L Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, B D'Souza, L Eames, L Graham of Edmonton, L Howe of Aberavon, L Irvine of Lairg, L Mackay of Clashfern, L McNally, B Manningham-Buller, B Prashar, B Royall of Blaisdon, L Shutt of Greetland, L Strathclyde;

That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees and that the sub-committees have power to appoint their own chairmen;

That the Committee have power to co-opt any member to serve on a sub-committee.

Refreshment Committee

That a Select Committee be appointed to advise on the refreshment services provided for the House, within the strategic framework and financial limits approved by the House Committee;

That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Members together with the Chairman of Committees be appointed to the Committee:

L Brougham and Vaux, L Elder, B Fritchie, L Geddes, L Glenarthur, L Lee of Trafford, C Mar, V Montgomery of Alamein, B Pitkeathley, B Rendell of Babergh, B Thomas of Winchester;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time.

Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

In accordance with Standing Order 74 and the resolution of the House of 16 December 1997, that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Members be appointed to join with a Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments:

L Campbell of Alloway, B Jones of Whitchurch, L Kimball, C Mar, E Mar and Kellie, L Walpole.

Motions agreed, and a message was sent to the Commons.