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Baroness Byford: I accept the Minister's response and I am grateful to him. The hour is late. If it is possible, I hope that we shall revisit this matter on Report, when the Minister will have had an opportunity to think further about what, on this side of the Committee, is considered to be an extremely important issue. It would be dreadful if, after all our deliberations, the provisions were to fail on the ground. We are anxious to ensure that that does not happen. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Lord Whitty moved Amendments Nos. 560 and 561:



    Page 47, line 30, leave out ("(3) or").

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Clause 77, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 78 [Interpretation, short title and extent]:

2.45 a.m.

Lord Whitty moved Amendments Nos. 562 to 565:

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    Page 47, line 37, at end insert--


("( ) Any reference in this Act, or in any enactment amended by this Act, to the commencement of any provision of this Act is, in relation to any area, a reference to the commencement of that provision in relation to that area.").


    Page 47, line 40, leave out ("Except as provided in Schedule 9,") and insert ("Subject to the following provisions of this section,").


    Page 47, line 41, at end insert--


("(4) The following provisions extend also to Scotland--
sections 63 and 67;
in Schedule 7, paragraphs 3 and 5 to 7;
in Schedule 9, paragraph 2.
(5) Paragraph 1 of Schedule 9 extends to Scotland only.").


    Page 47, line 41, at end insert--


("(6) The provisions of Schedule (Amendments consequential on change of name of Nature Conservancy Council for England) and of so much of Part III of Schedule 11 as relates to the enactments referred to in paragraphs 2 and 3 of Schedule (Amendments consequential on change of name of Nature Conservancy Council for England) have the same extent as the enactments which they amend or repeal.").

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Clause 78, as amended, agreed to.

In the Title:

Lord Whitty moved Amendment No. 566:


    Line 7, after ("wildlife") insert ("to make further provision with respect to areas of outstanding natural beauty;").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendments Nos. 567 and 568 not moved.]

Title, as amended, agreed to.

House resumed: Bill reported with amendments.

        House adjourned at fourteen minutes before three o'clock.


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