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Volume 621: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2001

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My Lords, as consideration of the Social Security Fraud Bill is now complete, this evening's Unstarred Question is no longer restricted to the one hour available for the dinner break. Instead, a limit of one and a half hours will apply. The change does not affect the time allocated to the noble Lord, Lord Phillips of Sudbury, or that allocated to my noble friend Lord McIntosh of Haringey, but for each of the other speakers the time available is increased from four to seven minutes. However, if noble Lords have already prepared four-minute speeches and would prefer to avoid the inconvenience of extending them at such short notice, I can assure them that they will attract no criticism from these Benches.