Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 18, 1705-1709. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, 15 Decembris.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Defective Laws to be supplied; Methods to lessen Expences of Suits; and Proceedings in Courts to be more expeditious.
The House being moved "To inquire, what Defects there are in the Laws relating to the Administration of Justice, and to consider of proper Methods to prevent expensive Suits:"
Lords Committees were appointed, to consider what Defects there are in the Laws, which may be proper to be supplied or amended, and what Doubts may be fit to be explained or cleared; and to consider of proper Methods to lessen the Expences of Suits, and to make Proceedings in Courts of Justice more expeditious; and have Power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records; and report to the House, from Time to Time, as they shall think fit; (videlicet,)
Some of the Judges to assist, and Her Majesty's Attorney General.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet on Tuesday next, at Twelve a Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn from Time to Time, and to meet when, where, and as often as, they please.
Method of keeping Records in Offices, &c.
The House being moved, "That a Committee may be appointed, to consider of the Method of keeping Records and Public Papers in Offices, and to remedy what shall be found to be amiss:"
Lords Committees were appointed, to consider of the Method of keeping Records and Public Papers in Offices, and how they are kept, and to consider of Ways to remedy what shall be found to be amiss: Whose Lordships, having considered thereof, and heard such Persons concerning the same as they shall think fit, are afterwards to report their Opinion, from Time to Time, to the House: And the said Committee hath hereby Power to appoint a Sub-committee, to consider thereof, and inspect such Offices and Records as they shall think fit; and report to the Grand Committee.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet on Tuesday next, at Twelve a Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
Holworthy, Leave for a Bill.
Upon reading the Petition of Mathew Holworthy Esquire; praying Leave to bring in a Bill, for clearing some Doubts that have arisen in the Saving Clause in an Act of Parliament passed the last Session of Parliament, on your Petitioner's Behalf:
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Petitioner hath hereby Leave to bring in a Bill, according to the Prayer of the said Petition.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Lunæ, decimum septimum diem instantis Decembris, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.