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Volume 696: debated on Tuesday 20 November 2007

My Lords, with permission, I have one or two items of business. The first follows on from the statement just made by the Lord Speaker. As we adjourned the debate yesterday, I want to ensure that all noble Lords are aware of the fact that we shall resume the debate on the Second Reading of the embryology Bill tomorrow, as first business, and complete the speakers’ list, which was not completed yesterday.

It is nice to be able to tell the House that I met members of the family of my noble friend Lord Brennan this morning and they say—I use their words, not mine—that he is “absolutely fine”. That is very nice to be able to report.

We shall have a Statement later today on HM Revenue and Customs, which will be repeated by my noble friend Lord Davies of Oldham. We shall take it after the contribution by my noble friend Lord Rosser to the Local Transport Bill—that is, after the fifth speaker.

I have one final piece of advice—as noble Lords know, it can only be advice. The Statement sets things back a little with regard to timing, but if the Back-Bench speakers on the Local Transport Bill observe a limit of 12 minutes we shall reach the debate on the Pre-Budget Report—a very important debate—at a reasonable time this evening. We recommend 12 minutes.