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Lord Goodhart: First, as far as concerns Amendments Nos. 76 and 83, I am happy to note the Minister's undertaking. I do not intend to be more Welsh than the Welsh. As no Welsh Member of the Committee has chosen to raise this particular point, I certainly do not intend to take it any further. The fact that there is now a maximum limit of 10 days on the control period before the match which the Secretary of State has power to order by regulation is a significant concession and in substance cannot be queried.

I ask further whether it would not even now be possible to give some further time by splitting up the Report and Third Reading stages so that another day is available in which amendments can be considered rather than having to deal with them in a period which will start approximately 10 hours from now. However, having said that, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

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Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Lord Bassam of Brighton moved Amendments Nos. 77 to 81:

    Page 15, line 15, after ("may") insert ("if he considers it necessary or expedient to do so in order to secure the effective enforcement of this Part").

    Page 15, line 15, leave out from ("for") to ("above") in line 16 and insert ("section 14(5) and (6)").

    Page 15, line 16, after ("effect") insert ("in relation to any, or any description of, regulated football match or external tournament").

    Page 15, line 18, after ("days") insert ("(not exceeding ten)").

    Page 15, line 18, at end insert--

("( ) Any power of the Secretary of State to make an order under this Part is exercisable by statutory instrument.").

On Question, amendments agreed to.

[Amendments Nos. 82 and 83 not moved.]

Schedule 2, as amended, agreed to.

Remaining schedule agreed to.

House resumed: Bill reported with amendments.

        House adjourned at twelve minutes past five o'clock.

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