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Volume 489: debated on Thursday 29 October 1987

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3.24 p.m.

My Lords, it may be for the convenience of the House if I announce that the Committee stage of the Criminal Justice Bill will be adjourned at approximately 7 p.m. for a period, and that during the adjournment the Church of England (Legal Aid and Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure and the Companies (Mergers and Divisions) Regulations 1987 will be taken.

I wonder whether I may add this. While no one would wish your Lordships' consideration of any part of the Criminal Justice Bill to fall short of its usual thoroughness, progress so far has been disappointing. I know that the House would appreciate it if every noble Lord who takes part would use his best endeavours to see that as much expedition as possible is achieved on this and remaining days.