Amendments and clauses moved en bloc

29.40Where there are several consecutive clauses to which no amendment has been set down, it is the practice to put the question on all of them ‘en bloc ’, ie together. A Lords Member wishing to speak to a clause or move a manuscript amendment may do so when the group is called, preferably having warned the Lord in the Chair of this intention.

Amendments may also be moved en bloc provided that they appear consecutively on the marshalled list, that (during Committee stage) they all relate to the same clause or schedule, that they have already been spoken to, and that no Lords Member objects. If any Lords Member objects to amendments being moved en bloc they must be moved separately to the extent desired. A division cannot take place on amendments en bloc. Instead, the first amendment is moved and the question on it resolved separately. If the first amendment is withdrawn or disagreed to, the other amendments are not normally moved. If the first amendment is agreed to, the other amendments may then be moved formally en bloc, without further debate.1 Amendments may not be withdrawn en bloc.

Footnotes

  1. 1. HL Deb (1982–83) 440, c 1234. Practice on consideration of Commons amendments is slightly different: propositions may be moved and spoken to en bloc provided they appear consecutively on the marshalled list and no Lords Member objects.