Minutes for 4 September 2019
Business of the House Baroness Smith of Basildon moved, further to the resolution of the House of 28 January that Her Majesty’s Government should provide sufficient time for this House to ensure the timely passage of legislation necessary to implement any deal or proposition that has commanded the support of the majority of the House of Commons, that: (1) Standing Order 40(3) to 40(9) (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with to allow proceedings on any bill sent from the House of Commons relating to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union to start immediately after oral questions on Thursday, 5 September and immediately after Prayers on Friday, 6 September and to take priority over other public business. (2) Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with to allow more than one stage of any such bill to be taken on one day. (3) Proceedings up to and including Second Reading and commitment of the bill, so far as not already concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion at 7pm on Thursday, 5 September and if the bill is read a second time then, notwithstanding Standing Order 47(1) (Commitment of Bills), it shall stand committed to a Committee of the whole House without Question put. (4) Committee stage, Report stage, Third Reading and Passing of the bill, so far as not already concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion at 5pm on Friday, 6 September. (5) At the times stated in paragraphs (3) and (4): a) there shall be no further debate; b) if the mover of any motion or amendment before the House or Committee does not ask leave to withdraw, or if leave to withdraw is refused, the Question shall be put and decided immediately without further amendment or debate; c) any further amendments shall be disposed of immediately without further amendment or debate and may be agreed only by unanimity; d) any further Questions necessary to conclude proceedings under the relevant paragraph shall be put and decided immediately without further amendment or debate; and e) notwithstanding Standing Order 29 (No speaking after Question put), no point of order is admitted. (6) Amendments to the bill may be tabled only as follows: a) for Committee stage, between First Reading and 30 minutes after the motion for Second Reading is agreed to; b) for Report stage, for 30 minutes after the bill is reported from Committee or, if applicable, after the bill as amended in Committee is available in the Printed Paper Office; c) for Third Reading, for 30 minutes after the end of consideration on Report or, if applicable, after the bill as amended on Report is available in the Printed Paper Office. (7) The member in charge of the bill may propose adjournment during pleasure. (8) If at the time stated in paragraph (4) a stage has not begun, it shall begin and be brought to a conclusion immediately without debate and no amendments shall be considered. (9) The following Questions on the bill shall be deemed agreed to immediately without Question put: a) House to be in Committee on the bill; b) Report received; c) Third Reading; d) Adjournment during pleasure. (10) No motion related to the bill, or in the course of proceedings on the bill, or to resume or adjourn the House, and not provided for in this motion, shall be tabled or moved, save one to amend this motion in the name of the Leader of the Opposition. Proceedings on any further Business of the House motion related to this bill, so far as not already concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion one hour after they commence and paragraph (5) shall apply. (11) If proceedings under paragraph (3) have not been concluded at the sitting of Thursday 5 September, a further motion in the name of the Leader of the Opposition to provide for the disposal of the Questions required to conclude proceedings on the bill shall be entered as first business on Friday, 6 September and decided immediately without amendment or debate. Then Lord Forsyth of Drumlean moved under Standing Order 62 (Committees of the Whole House) that this House resolves itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the motion the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon. After debate, a motion that the question be now put was agreed to (see division 1). Then the motion was disagreed to (see division 2).