Committee dispensed with or
7.89 See paragraph 7.44.
ORDER OF COMMITMENT DISCHARGED
7.90 If no amendments have been set down to a
bill and it appears that no member wishes to move a manuscript
amendment or to speak to any clause or Schedule, the Lord in charge
of the bill may move that the order of commitment (or recommitment)
This motion may be moved only on the day the committee stage is
set down for and notice must be given on the order paper.
7.91 The Lord in charge of the bill says:
I understand that no amendments have been
set down to this bill, and that no noble Lord has indicated a
wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee.
Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects,
I beg to move that the order of commitment [or recommitment] be
7.92 The Question is then put "That the
order of commitment [or recommitment] be discharged."
If this Question is agreed to, the next stage of the bill is the
7.93 If any member objects, however, this Question
cannot be completed and the Lord in charge of the bill must at
once move "That the House do now resolve itself into a
committee [or a committee on recommitment] upon the bill."
If this is agreed to, the House goes into committee in the usual
7.94 For the purposes of SOs 41(5) and 47, the
discharge of the order of commitment constitutes a stage of a
bill. Unless SO 47 has been suspended or dispensed with, the third
reading may not be taken on the same day as that on which the
order of commitment has been discharged.
BILL REPORTED FORTHWITH
7.95 Where no amendment has been set down to
a bill and no member of the House has indicated a wish to speak,
but the order of commitment has not been discharged, the House
goes into Committee. The Lord in the Chair then says:
"[Short title] - My Lords,
I understand that no amendments have been set down to the bill,
and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript
amendment or to speak in Committee. With the agreement of the
Committee, I will now put the Question that I report the bill
to the House without amendment."
7.96 Any member who wishes to speak to any of
the clauses or Schedules or to move a manuscript amendment should
indicate their intentions on this Question, in which case the
Lord in the Chair must postpone the title and put the clauses
and Schedules in the usual way.