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Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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2.53 p.m.

My Lords, after the end of the short debate on human rights and before the short debate on the report on regional economic prospects, my noble friend Lord Skelmersdale will, with the leave of the House, repeat a Statement that is to be made in another place on financial allocations to health authorities.

My Lords, with the leave of the House, I should like, as usual, to say a word about the two short debates standing in the names of my noble friend, Lord Broxbourne, and the noble Lord, Lord Sefton of Garston. It is customary in short debates that the mover is allowed approximately 15 minutes, and that the Minister should rise to reply not less than 20 minutes before the scheduled end of the debates. In the case of the short debate in the name of my noble friend, Lord Broxbourne, this means that all other speeches should be limited to a maximum of 14 minutes, and in that of the noble Lord, Sefton of Garston, to 10 minutes. If any noble Lord should speak at greater length, it would be at the expense of subsequent speakers in the debate.