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Volume 703: debated on Tuesday 8 July 2008

My Lords, with permission, I advise the House that if Back-Bench contributions to today’s Second Reading of the Counter-Terrorism Bill are kept to seven minutes, we should be able to rise tonight at around the target rising time of 10 pm.

I take the opportunity to remind the House of the guidance offered in the Companion on attendance at debates:

“A member of the House who is taking part in a debate is expected to attend the greater part of that debate. It is considered discourteous for a member not to be present for the opening speeches, for at least the speech before and that following their own, and for the winding-up speeches”.