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Lord Simon of Highbury: At this very late hour I do not wish to risk even a hint of division between two people who over three days of debate in Committee have spoken in a spirit of co-operation in an attempt to bring a good Bill before the House. I should like to thank the noble and learned Lord, Lord Fraser, and his team, and also the noble Viscount, Lord Falkland, and the noble Lords, Lord Ezra and Lord McNally. We have greatly appreciated the spirit in which the whole of the Bill has been debated and the way in which the arguments have been conducted. There is more to come, but we have enjoyed our opportunity for three days of debate.

Having laid all the roses on this large table, here come the thorns. I can appreciate the sentiment behind the noble and learned Lord's amendment. At this late hour, I think that there only two points to be made. I have always felt that one of the great benefits of the way that our countries within these islands have operated is that they have had a single market. I have often heard from the other side of the Chamber that even in Scotland they regard Europe as a single market in a more progressive manner than some of us south of the Border have been given to understand of late. I believe both of us understand that the impact of the Bill should be felt across Border, in toto, to enhance the qualities of the single market in these islands and indeed to enhance the qualities of the single market with our European

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partners. I know that that does not answer the questions of where all the legal niceties lie between who will and who will not issue warrants for going into what premises, and I am sure that we shall return to that point.

To finish on a high note, I celebrate our single market and its improvement and I celebrate our European market, in which I hope we shall play a greater part. With these fine thoughts to send us to bed, I hope that the noble and learned Lord will see fit on this occasion to withdraw the amendment.

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie: I shall certainly do so. The noble Lord will undoubtedly have recognised that my amendment was a device. Far from wishing this Bill not to extend to Scotland, I wish almost all legislation passed by Westminster in the years ahead to extend to Scotland without interruption by some small puppet organisation in Edinburgh.

If it is not seen by the noble Lord as being paradoxical, I join with him in celebrating what I regard as being the most successful political and monetary union in the history of the world. With those words, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 72 agreed to.

In the Title:

Lord Haskel moved Amendment No. 277A:

Line 5, leave out from ("information") to the first ("to") in line 7 and insert ("which may be required in connection with investigations under that Act;").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Title, as amended, agreed to.

House resumed: Bill reported with amendments.

Lord Carter: In moving the adjournment of the House, may I, as Chief Whip, congratulate noble Lords on all sides of the House on the extremely efficient and expeditious way in which they have conducted the Committee stage of the Bill, particularly today, with 43 groups of amendments, interrupted by a long government Statement. It is an example which I shall draw to the attention of other noble Lords on other Bills.

        House adjourned at twenty-two minutes past eleven o'clock.

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