My Lords, I approach this amendment with some trepidation, but I shall explain it in this way. It removes paragraph 5 of Schedule 2 to the Bill, which itself provides for the omission of Clause 7(1); namely, the requirement for the Online Procedure Rule Committee to consult such persons as it considers appropriate and to hold meetings unless inexpedient to do so.
The amendment was originally incorporated in the Prisons and Courts Bill and was intended to reflect a prospective amendment to the Civil Procedure Act 1997 made by the Courts Act 2003 in an attempt to regularise practice between committees across civil, family and tribunal jurisdictions and the Online Procedure Rule Committee. That measure has not been implemented so far and has no direct relevance to this Bill. In simple terms, the provision that we are removing does not add value to the current Bill and should be removed—as it says in my note—to avoid misunderstanding.
That is not a question that I am able to answer now because I cannot foresee the future, but I shall take further instruction on the matter and write to the noble Lord on the current position. I beg to move.
Amendment 34 agreed.
Schedule 2, as amended, agreed.
Bill reported with an amendment.