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Lord Crickhowell: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate. At this late hour and in the light of what the Minister has said I shall make one point only. If we are to have delayed legislation—and I fear that we shall have some delays—it is even more important that the Government should take note of what we said about the importance of effective co-ordination and activity by Defra, by English Nature, by the Environment Agency and by British government organisations. They need to get on with the work that has to be done. We found quite big gaps in that respect. I hope that the Government will seize the opportunity, as we await the Commission's proposals, to get on with those urgent tasks.

On Question, Motion agreed to.

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