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The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): My Lords, I am delighted to respond to the noble Lord. Since we are reminding each other of what was said on previous occasions, perhaps I may remind him of what his predecessor, the noble Viscount, Lord Cranborne, said on the occasion of, I think, the fifth defeat on this discussion which occurred about a month ago. He said--I hope that I paraphrase him correctly but his remarks are in the Official Report--that he expected that this House would know how to behave were this issue to come before it again.

All I can say to the noble Lord tonight is that, as he knows, the Government will now send a message to the other place, and Madam Speaker, I am sure, will act upon her duty.

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