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Lord Pearson of Rannoch: My Lords, before my noble friend rises, I appreciate the--

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: My Lords, we are at Report stage. After the Minister has spoken there should be no intervention other than by the mover of the amendment.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch: My Lords, I ask for the forgiveness of the House.

Baroness Rawlings: My Lords, this has rightly been an interesting debate and I thank noble Lords who have participated. The noble Baroness, Lady Williams of Crosby, made two good points which need stressing. She pointed out that enlargement has superseded the necessary change to the CAP, which has been worrying us all for a long time. Secondly, she made a valid point relating to Turkey, about which we do not usually hear, and I fully support that.

The comments of my noble friend Lady Park about enlargement with regard to NATO were most important. My noble friend Lord Howell of Guildford was right in saying that applicant countries are moving rapidly from command to market economies. However, they still have serious structural problems and the change will take a long time. I am not sure that the picture is as rosy as he depicted.

I am most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Grenfell, for stressing the reasons for the reforms. The amendment was an exploratory amendment and I agree with the noble Lord that there are not sufficient reasons for delaying the final ratification of the treaty. Enlargement is one of the most important issues. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment, but I may return to it on Third Reading.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

[Amendment No. 7 not moved.]

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, I beg to move that further consideration on Report be now adjourned.

Moved accordingly and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

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