Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL] — Order of Consideration Motion

– in the House of Lords at 3:42 pm on 17th December 2008.

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Moved by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clause 1, Schedules 1 and 2, Clauses 2 to 37, Schedule 3, Clauses 38 to 41, Schedule 4, Clauses 42 to 45, Schedule 5, Clauses 46 to 49, Schedule 6, Clauses 50 to 94, Schedule 7, Clauses 95 to 109, Schedules 8 and 9, Clauses 110 to 140, Schedule 10, Clauses 141 and 142, Schedules 11 and 12, Clauses 143 and 144, Schedule 13, Clauses 145 to 175, Schedule 14, Clauses 176 to 192, Schedule 15, Clauses 193 to 223, Schedule 16, Clauses 224 to 239, Schedule 17, Clauses 240 to 267, Schedule 18, Clauses 268 to 294, Schedule 19, Clauses 295 to 305, Schedule 20, Clauses 306 to 311, Schedule 21, Clauses 312 to 315.

Photo of Lord Shutt of Greetland Lord Shutt of Greetland Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Lords Chief Whip

My Lords, although I have no doubt that the ordering is correct, I regret that I have to rise again on a procedural matter, given that this Bill is to run at the same time as the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill. I submit that it is not for the convenience of the House that the two Bills will run together. Without wishing to detain the House further by disagreeing with this Motion, I hope that before the early days of January we can look further at delinking these Bills, so that Members who have a considerable interest in both Bills can take part in proceedings on them.

Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)

My Lords, as ever, I am sympathetic to pleas from Members of your Lordships' House to encourage maximum participation. The noble Lord, Lord Shutt, and I have discussed this issue. My understanding is that further representations have been made by the noble Lord and the Leader of the Liberal Democrats' group. I am not entirely sure that we can absolutely satisfy the noble Lord, but we will endeavour to see what can be done to adjust the timetable to ensure that more participation in both Bills can be guaranteed for all Members of the House.

Motion agreed.