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Baroness Trumpington: My Lords, before the noble and learned Lord sits down, can he tell me why he is right and Mr Tom Williams, whom I quoted, is wrong?

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, it is a matter for the House to decide. What I am saying is that the Bill presents three options and that the House and Parliament as a whole must decide.

Viscount Astor: My Lords, can the noble and learned Lord tell us whether he is in favour of a ban?

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, I am here only to facilitate the House to decide which of the three options it likes.

Lord Willoughby de Broke: My Lords, before the noble and learned Lord sits down, can he answer the question posed by my noble friends Lord Rotherwick and Lord Astor about the donation from PAL to the Labour Party? How much was it and when was it received? Is the noble and learned Lord able to answer those questions?

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Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, I am aware of a donation some years ago. It was a very large donation. I understand that PAL also made a six-figure donation to the Conservative Party.

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On Question, Bill read a second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

        House adjourned at nine minutes before two o' clock.


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