The House of Lords is now in recess for Easter.

However, forthcoming business for the period after the recess has now been published and on the 24th April the House will be debating the highly controversial “competition” regulations for the National Health Service.  That is likely to be the main business that day.

However, before the main course there is an aperitif: “Consideration of the 5th and 6th Reports for the Procedure Committee”.  The first of these contains some proposals to repeal three standing orders of the House.  The standing orders concerned date back to 1699, 1678 and (wait for it) 1675.  The Committee points out that these orders are now obsolete (in one case they were made redundant by statute over 300 years ago and in another by an Act of Parliament of 1840 – 173 years ago).

So there is no rush then …..

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