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Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, perhaps I may simply use this as an opportunity to demonstrate that it was within the gift of the Opposition to resist the Motion that the Report be received. In the context in which discussions took place this afternoon, in order to keep it clean and leave the Third Reading stage for October, both those on the Liberal Democrat Benches

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and we on these Benches acknowledged that the Standing Orders allow the Government to proceed as they have; but that process could have been resisted.

Earl Howe: My Lords, I have not as yet moved that the Report be now received. However, with the leave of the House, I shall do so now. I beg to move that this Report be now received, and, in doing so, I should like to express my gratitude to the noble Lord, Lord Graham of Edmonton, for what he has just said.

Moved, That this Report be now received.--(Earl Howe.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

        House adjourned at twenty six minutes before eight o'clock.

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