Draft Defamation Bill — Message from the Commons

– in the House of Lords at 11:45 pm on 28th March 2011.

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A message was brought from the Commons that they concur with the resolution of this House of 23 March relating to a Joint Committee to consider the draft Defamation Bill presented to both Houses on 15 March and that they have made the following orders:

That a Select Committee of six members be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Lords to consider the draft Bill.

That the Committee should report on the draft Bill by 19 July 2011.

That the Committee shall have power- (i) to send for persons, papers and records; (ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House; (iii) to report from time to time; (iv) to appoint specialist advisers; and (v) to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom.

House adjourned at 11.52 pm.