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Volume 698: debated on Monday 4 February 2008

My Lords, this afternoon we have the Third Reading of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. For a Third Reading, we have quite a few amendments to consider. I hope that noble Lords will bear with me if I remind them of our rules on Third Reading. First, the Companion makes it clear that arguments fully deployed at earlier stages should not be repeated at length on Third Reading. Secondly, in January 2006 the Procedure Committee agreed that the practice of the House is normally to resolve major points of difference by the end of Report, and to use Third Reading to tidy up the Bill. Peers who have tabled amendments that are similar or identical to amendments debated in some detail at earlier stages will no doubt reflect on this guidance as we approach this afternoon’s debates.

I should also alert the House that there is a Statement today in the Commons entitled “Inquiry: HMP Woodhill”. With the leave of the House, it will be repeated by my noble friend Lord Hunt of Kings Heath at a convenient time after 3.30 pm.