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Volume 413: debated on Wednesday 15 October 1980

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3.9 p.m.

My Lords, it might be for the convenience of your Lordships if I repeat the contents of the Statement that I made to the House yesterday evening. The Committee stage of the Local Government, Planning and Land (No. 2) Bill will be continued at approximately 7 p.m. and completed tonight. I am sure the House would agree that it is desirable that we should be able to complete the Committee stage of the Broadcasting Bill by this time, or as soon after it as is possible. If, however, it should not prove possible to complete the Committee stage of the Broadcasting Bill by soon after 7 p.m., it is proposed to continue it tomorrow and, if this should be necessary, I will, of course, inform the House this evening.

As I said yesterday, it has not, I am afraid, been possible to make dinner available tonight, but the Grill Room will be open and refreshments in the form of snacks and sandwiches et cetera will also be available in the two bars. There will be no adjournment for dinner this evening.

My Lords, may I say from this side of the House that we think it is quite possible that if Members will confine themselves to the amendments and not make long Second Reading speeches we can get through in time for us to have our dinner in a reasonable place at a reasonable hour.

My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Donaldson of Kingsbridge, for this great co-operation.