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Selection, grouping and packaging of Lords Amendments

The minister (or the MP in charge of the bill for Private Member’s Bills) can group Lords Amendments together for debate. The Speaker can select and group amendments to those Lords Amendments. The criteria for selection are similar to those used for committee stage and third reading.

Decisions on selection and grouping are published in the selection list on the day the Lords Amendments are considered in the Chamber.

As well as being grouped together for debate, related Lords amendments are sometimes ‘packaged’ together for a decision, particularly towards the end of the process. In these cases, there is a single motion relating to several Lords Amendments. For example: “That this House insists on its disagreement to Lords Amendments 1, 2 and 3 but proposes the following amendment in lieu of Lords Amendment 1.”

Packaging can be used to avoid double insistence. The double insistence rule applies to the whole motion, not to individual elements within it, so varying the motion can be a way of delaying the point at which double insistence is reached.

A motion relating to a package of Lords Amendments can be amended.