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Lord Williams of Mostyn: The noble Lord referred to the clause as a sunset clause on more than one occasion. I hope he was not casting aspersions on your Lordships' Chamber as a sunset home by using that phrase.

I do not think I am being unhelpful in responding. It was a perfectly fair point to raise and the best I can do is to reiterate specifically what I said in answer to the question which the noble Lord, Lord Holme of Cheltenham, put to me. The proposed measures in relation to conspiracy in the Bill are to be included in the wider review of counter-terrorist legislation which is being conducted. I repeat that there will be a consultation paper on the subject in the autumn.

Furthermore, the noble Lord, Lord Henley, has sufficiently misguided my noble friend Lord Dubs as to promise an independent review. For the moment, I believe those safeguards ought to be reasonably sufficient.

Lord Henley: I am grateful to the noble Lord for his response. He is right, I did refer to it as the sunset clause. Perhaps at this hour of the morning we should be looking to a sunrise clause. I certainly look forward to the sun rising in due course and I am grateful that we shall probably all be abed before the sun does rise. I am grateful for what the noble Lord said. I repeat what I

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said and to the noble Lord's noble friend, the Government Chief Whip, I say that we will wish to come back to this in the future. For the moment, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

[Amendment No. 51 not moved.]

Clause 10 agreed to.

Clause 11 [Short title]:

[Amendment No. 52 not moved.]

Clause 11 agreed to.

[Amendment No. 53 not moved.]

Schedule 1 [Consequential Amendments]:

[Amendments Nos. 54 to 58 not moved.]

Schedule 1 agreed to.

Schedule 2 [Repeals and Revocations]:

[Amendment No. 59 not moved.]

Schedule 2 agreed to.

In the Title:

[Amendment No. 60 not moved.]

House resumed: Bill reported without amendment.

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Then, Standing Order 44 having been dispensed with (pursuant to Resolution of this day), Bill read a third time and passed.

Lord Carter: My Lords, before I move that the House adjourns to await Royal Assent, on behalf of all your Lordships I would like to express our very sincere thanks to the staff of the House for the marvellous way in which they have looked after us today and yesterday. The recall produces many practical problems for the staff, which they have solved magnificently. I will not single out any particular group--it would be invidious to do so. They have all responded marvellously and I am extremely glad to have this opportunity to thank them all on behalf of the whole House.

My Lords, I beg to move that the House do now adjourn during pleasure until 1.30 a.m.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

[The Sitting was suspended from 1.19 to 1.30 a.m.]

Royal Assent

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): My Lords, I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified her Royal Assent to the following Act:

Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act.

House adjourned at twenty-nine minutes before two o' clock.

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