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Lord Macaulay of Bragar: My Lords, before the noble Earl sits down, may I ask him to make every effort, as I am sure he will, to ensure that the government amendments which have all the hallmarks of being a multiplicity of amendments, are available to the Members of your Lordships' House well in advance of the dates for the Committee stage? The Minister will be well aware that a considerable number of amendments were introduced in another place, I believe either the night or the weekend before the matter came before the other place. As it happened, they were all government amendments which were purely technical. But the amendments which will be discussed here will be of some substance and it will not be good enough if they are made available to Members of this House a couple of days before the dates for the Committee stage of the Bill. I know that the Minister will make every effort in this regard, I merely put down a marker that, if a substantial number of amendments which require considerable consultation on the part of Members of your Lordships' House are tabled, that may affect the date of the Committee stage of the Bill.

The Earl of Lindsay: My Lords, I can certainly reassure the noble Lord as regards the timing with which the Government will lodge amendments. I also stress to all noble Lords who might otherwise be misled that many of the government amendments that were brought forward in another place were not technical amendments rushed in at the last minute. They were tabled in response to views that were expressed in another place. Those amendments, as I say, were produced in response to the views being expressed in the other Chamber.

On Question, Bill read a second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.


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