All amendments to be called

29.32There is no selection of amendments in the Lords. Each amendment printed, and each manuscript amendment, is called in turn by the Lord on the Woolsack or in the Chair, subject only to pre-emption. An amendment which has been tabled need not be moved, but if none of the Lords Members named as supporters of the amendment moves it, any other Lords Member may do so.1 Once an amendment has been moved, it can be withdrawn only by leave, which must be unanimous. If there is no such unanimity the question is put on the amendment. The question on all amendments is ‘that this amendment be agreed to’.

If an amendment has been pre-empted by one previously agreed to by the House, usually because the text proposed to be amended has been left out of the bill, the amendment will not be called. The Lord on the Woolsack or in the Chair alerts the House to this possibility, normally when putting the text of the pre-empting amendment after it has been moved, but sometimes (such as when the amendment is a key one which is expected to be divided on) when calling the pre-empting amendment.


  1. 1. HL Deb (1983–84) 449, c 1325. This applies to propositions on consideration of Commons amendments: Procedure Committee, Fifth Report 2017–19, agreed to 11 July 2018.