Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:50 pm on 8 February 2023.

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Photo of Lord True Lord True Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal 3:50, 8 February 2023

I will not remind His Majesty the King of that. Recollections may vary, but I recall a two-year Session when the noble Lord was at the helm of the state and sitting in No. 10. It is rare for a member of the Opposition to complain about the Government taking more time to lay their legislation before Parliament. The Government will seek to proceed with their legislation in a timely way, paying full respect to the rights of all Members of this House, to which I attach great importance.

This Session will be longer, although I am not in a position to announce the precise date of Prorogation. We have made some rough planning assumptions to help organise business and ensure that the House can prepare. I have shared that information with the House, and I cannot give a precise date for Prorogation at this point.