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Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I beg to move that the House do now adjourn. In doing so, I am sure that noble Lords will forgive me if I take the opportunity on behalf of us all to apologise to our staff

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who were not expecting to be sitting this late, and not forgetting the Hansard reporters who were expecting to finish much earlier.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

Mersey Tunnels Bill

A message was brought from the Commons that they have considered the Lords Message of 11th November and have made the following orders:

That the promoters of the Mersey Tunnels Bill shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Private Bill Office not later than the day before the close of the present Session and that all fees due up to that date have been paid;

That on the fifth sitting day in the next Session the Bill shall be presented to the House by deposit in the Private Bill Office;

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That a declaration signed by the agent shall be annexed to the Bill, stating that it is the same in every respect as the Bill at the last stage of its proceedings in this House in the present Session;

That on the next sitting day following presentation, the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay the Bill on the Table of the House and, when so laid, the Bill shall be read the first, second and third time and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having been so read;

That no further fees shall be charged to such stages.

Extradition Bill

Returned from the Commons with certain amendments agreed to with amendments; certain other amendments disagreed to but with amendments proposed in lieu thereof; one of the amendments disagreed to with a reason for such disagreement; and with the remaining amendments agreed to; it was ordered that the Commons amendments and reason be printed. (HL Bill 122)

        House adjourned at four minutes before eleven o'clock.


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