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Volume 569: debated on Wednesday 14 February 1996

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3.27 p.m.

My Lords, I should like to say a word about today's debates, standing in the names of my noble friend Lord Onslow and the noble Lord, Lord Avebury. In the first debate, other than the mover, Front-Bench spokesmen and the Minister replying, speakers will be limited to 10 minutes. In the second debate, speakers should limit themselves to 15 minutes, as recommended in the Companion to the Standing Orders. I might remind your Lordships that, when the clock shows 10 minutes, the full 10 minutes have elapsed and the speaker is already trespassing on the time of others.