Grouping of amendments
7.62 In order to avoid repetition, related amendments
are often grouped and debated together. Lists of such groupings
are prepared by agreement between the members tabling the amendments
and the Government Whips' Office, and are made available to the
House. Groupings are informal and not binding. A member may speak
to a group of amendments (not necessarily consecutive or in his
own name) when the first amendment in the group is called. Usually
only the first amendment in a group is moved (in the technical
sense that there is a Question specifically on it before the House)
and the rest are at this stage merely spoken to. The debate takes
place on the first amendment in the group, even though it may
be a minor or paving amendment. But each amendment in the group
must be called, moved (if desired) and disposed of separately
at its place in the marshalled list. Proceedings on later amendments
in a group are often formal but further debate may take place
and an amendment previously debated may be moved at its place
in the bill.
When proceedings on later amendments in a group are formal, the
amendments are moved as follows:
"My Lords, I have already
spoken to this amendment. I beg to move."
7.63 If the first amendment in a group is agreed
to, it does not follow that the other amendments in the group
will all be agreed to, unless they are directly consequential.
It is a matter for the House or committee to judge in each case
how the decision on the first amendment affects the others.
EFFECT OF GROUPINGS ON THIRD READING AMENDMENTS
7.64 If a member believes that an amendment at
committee or report stage has been wrongly grouped, he should
make this clear in debate. Otherwise, under the rule against reopening
at third reading an issue which has previously been decided, he
may be precluded from retabling his amendment at third reading,
if another amendment in the group was decided at committee or
report stage (see paragraph 7.142).