Business of the House — Motion on Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:38 pm on 20 March 2013.

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Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour 3:38, 20 March 2013

My Lords, I thought that at least in moving the Motion, the Leader of the House would have the courtesy to explain why Standing Orders are being dispensed with, particularly as we have so many Cross-Benchers here today to listen to the debate on what is a very controversial Bill, and as we have plenty of time-or at least we would have, as I said last Thursday, when the Leader of the House was not present, if he had not decided summarily and without any consultation to send us off for an extra week's holiday. I am sure that we would be better served here looking at this Bill properly and in detail rather than having that extra week. I hope that the Leader of the House will have the courtesy to explain to the House why he is moving this Motion.