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Baroness Blatch: My Lords, I rise simply to make this point. The Bill was printed last November/December and we are now heading for the end of the Session yet we are still receiving large tranches of amendments. Is this positively the last group of technical amendments?

I know that these amendments have been blamed on counsel. However, my understanding is that counsel drafts all amendments and we have had large groupings on every single day that we have met on this in Committee, with technical amendments that have been afterthoughts, corrections and a rewriting of the Bill. It seems to me that we have had a surfeit of amendments and I wondered whether this was the last we could expect.

Lord Whitty: My Lords, I believe that during the rest of Report stage further technical amendments will be needed. However, these are of a different character to the ones that have been introduced elsewhere, in that

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the majority of them are amendments which reflect new cross-references as the Bill passes through its various stages. Indeed, right at the end of the Bill I am sure that parliamentary counsel will require us to have further cross-references and clarifications, but these are not of the same class of technical amendment that we dealt with earlier today and at earlier stages of the Bill.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Schedule 7 [Rationalisation of school places]:

Lord Whitty moved Amendments Nos. 85 to 88:


Page 142, line 19, after ("prescribe") insert ("the").
Page 143, line 32, after ("prescribe") insert ("the").
Page 143, line 40, leave out ("the case") and insert ("any case where the proposals are for the alteration").
Page 145, line 29, leave out ("the case") and insert ("any case where the proposals are for the alteration").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, with the leave of the House I should like to move these amendments en bloc. I beg to move.

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Lord Whitty: My Lords, I beg to move that further consideration on Report be now adjourned.

Moved accordingly and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

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

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