APPENDIX 3: CHANGES TO STANDING ORDER
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Standing Order 22: Leave of absence. 13 June 1958
22.(1) Lords are to attend the sittings of
the House or, if they cannot do so, obtain leave of absence, which
the House may grant at pleasure; but this Standing Order shall
not be understood as requiring a Lord who is unable to attend
regularly to apply for leave of absence if he proposes to attend
as often as he reasonably can.
(2) A Lord may apply for leave of absence at any
time during a Parliament for the remainder of that Parliament.
(3) On the issue of writs for the calling of a new
Parliament the Clerk of the Parliaments shall in writing ask every
Lord who was on leave of absence at the end of the preceding Parliament
whether he wishes to apply for leave of absence for the new Parliament.
(4) At the start of each session of Parliament
the Clerk of the Parliaments may in writing ask any Lord Temporal
not on leave of absence, suspended or otherwise disqualified from
attending the House, who in the previous session attended the
House very infrequently, whether he wishes to apply for leave
of absence for the remainder of the Parliament.
(5) Any Lord who fails to reply to a letter sent
by the Clerk of the Parliaments pursuant to paragraph (3) or (4)
above within three months from the date the letter was sent shall
be granted leave of absence for the remainder of the Parliament.
(6) A Lord who has been
granted leave of absence
should not to
attend the sittings of the House until the period for which the
leave was granted has expired or the leave has sooner ended, unless
it be to take the Oath of Allegiance.
(7) If a Lord, having
been granted leave of absence, wishes to attend during the period
for which the leave was granted, he
expected to should give notice
to the House accordingly at least one
three months before the day on which he wishes to
attend; and at the end of the period specified in the notice,
or sooner if the House so direct, the leave shall end.
(8) In applying the provisions of this Standing
Order the Clerk of the Parliaments may seek the advice of the
Leave of Absence Sub-Committee of the Procedure of the House Committee.