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Lord Carter: My Lords, I apologise to the Minister and the House for forgetting to declare at the beginning of the debate my interest as a farmer. I should like to put a question to the Minister. He said that the Government intended to move ahead with proposals for a selective cull in consultation with the Commission. Can he give me any idea of the timetable involved?

The Earl of Lindsay: My Lords, how long is a negotiation? We must make sure that the implications of the new scientific evidence and data are properly understood both by our own scientific community and the Commission's scientific community. I cannot speculate on exactly when any conclusions will be reached.

Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill

A message was brought from the Commons earlier this day that they have made the following order--

That further proceedings on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill shall be suspended until the next Session of Parliament;

That if a Bill is presented to this House in the next Session in the same terms as those in which the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill stood at the last stage of its proceeding in this House in this Session--

(a) the Bill shall be deemed to have been read the first, second and third time; and

(b) the Standing Orders and practice of the House applicable to the Bill, so far as complied with or (in the case of the Standing Orders relating to Private Business) dispensed with in this Session or in the Session 1994-95, shall be deemed to have been complied with or (as the case may be) dispensed with in the next Session;

That this Order be a Standing Order of the House.

On Question, Motion agreed to, and it was ordered that a Message be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.


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