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Lord Archer of Sandwell: My noble and learned friend so nearly scored a hat trick! The amendment was moved at least partly in an interrogative mood, and I am most grateful to all Members of the Committee who indicated that the curiosity was not confined to me alone.
I am grateful also to my noble and learned friend for the information which he gave us. However, I am bound to say that what troubles me is that there was so little indication in his reply that the Government have really reflected on these difficult questions. They seem to think that it is all quite simple and that there are no difficult issues involved. My noble and learned friend did not seize the opportunity to assure us that he had read the report to which I referred at Second Reading and which I invited him to read. Perhaps before we reach Report stage he will find an opportunity of reading it, and I repeat my offer to supply him with a free copy.
Page 55, line 6, leave out ("panels") and insert ("panel constituted under section 6 above").
Page 55, line 15, at end insert--
(" . Each year the President shall make to the Secretary of State a written report, based on the cases coming before appeal tribunals, on the standards achieved by the Secretary of State in the making of decisions against which an appeal lies to an appeal tribunal; and the Secretary of State shall publish the report.").
Page 55, line 20, leave out ("panels") and insert ("panel constituted under section 6 above").
Page 55, leave out lines 42 to 44.
House adjourned at twenty-seven minutes before midnight.
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