§ The Chairman of Committees (Lord Tordoff)
My Lords, I beg to move the first Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.
Perhaps I may explain that this will in effect allow the Lords' component of the Joint Committee the power to adjourn from place to place without limiting the committee to travel within the United Kingdom, and to make occasional visits to the institutions of the Council of Europe. A similar Motion was passed in the House of Commons on 8th January. It would be unfortunate if only half the committee were allowed to have this discretion. I commend the Motion to the House.
Moved, That the order of the House of 3rd July 2001 appointing a Select Committee to join with a Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Human Rights be amended by leaving out the words "within the United Kingdom, and to institutions of the Council of Europe outside the United Kingdom no more than four times in any calendar year".—(The Chairman of Committees.)
On Question, Motion agreed to; and a message was ordered to be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.