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The Committee Met At Half Past Three Of The Clock

Volume 670: debated on Tuesday 1 March 2005

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[The Deputy Chairman of Committees (Lord Elton) in the Chair.]

Before the Minister moves that the first order be considered, it may be helpful for me to say a word about the procedure for today's Grand Committee. Our proceedings are essentially the same as those in the House. Noble Lords will speak standing. All noble Lords are free to attend and participate and the proceedings will be reported in Hansard.

As there is more than one item of business today, each item will be called on by the Clerk. So far as the regulations and orders which are to be debated today are concerned, I should perhaps make it clear to noble Lords that this Committee is charged only to consider these items, not to approve or not approve them. The Motions to approve will in due course be moved in the Chamber in the usual way.

I remind the Committee that a time limit of one and a half hours applies to Unstarred Questions taken in Grand Committee. The digital Clock will operate as in the Chamber, and I think that all noble Lords can see it.