Grouping of amendments

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29.33In order to avoid repetition, related amendments are often grouped and debated together. Lists of such groupings are prepared by agreement between the Lords Members tabling the amendments and the Government Whips' Office, and are made available to the House before each day's proceedings commence on a bill. Groupings are informal but helpful to the House and de-grouping is discouraged once each day’s groupings have been published.1

Groupings are informal and not binding. A Lords Member may speak to a group of amendments (not necessarily consecutive or in his or her own name) when the first amendment in the group is called. The debate takes place on the first amendment in the group, even though it may be a minor or paving amendment. The question is put separately on each amendment in the group when it is called in its place in the marshalled list. Proceedings on later amendments in a group are often formal but further debate may take place and later amendments will not necessarily be decided the same way as the first.

Footnotes

  1. 1. Procedure and Privileges Committee, First Report of Session 2021–22, Procedural adaptations arising from the hybrid House Interim option of voting using PeerHub, Ongoing virtual participation by disabled members, HL 41, agreed by the Lords 13 July 2021, HL Deb (2021–22) 813, cc 1715–79.