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Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: My Lords, on behalf of some of my noble friends I should like to thank, first, the Minister for his patience and, secondly, my noble and learned friend Lord Archer. Even when he was wrong, he maintained a stout and firm bat against all the bowling that we could bring to bear.

There are some good things in this Bill--I should say that there are a lot of good things in it because from our Benches we have tended only to criticise it. Indeed, where the Bill is good, it is very good, but where it is bad, it is very, very bad indeed.

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I should like to congratulate my noble and learned friend Lord Archer of Sandwell

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on bringing forward this Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill, and to thank him for his considerable efforts during the progress of the Bill. He has been a tower of strength, as we must all acknowledge.

As I have emphasised on a number of occasions, we shall continue to maintain a consultative approach when we come to prepare the implementing regulations. The ACAS arbitration scheme has attracted a great deal of interest and, I detect, some concern. As your Lordships know, the ACAS Council is a tripartite body, comprising representatives of employers, employees and

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independents, independent of government. Its members have a wealth of experience in the area of arbitration. Nevertheless, I am sure that they will have heard the points made in the debates and will take note of them in drawing up their proposals for a scheme.

The Government trust that the Bill will gain the support that it deserves from your Lordships' House. I am grateful to all noble Lords who have taken part in our debates.

On Question, Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.

        House adjourned at twenty-three minutes past ten o'clock.

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