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Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

My Lords, before the House begins the Third Reading of the Education and Skills Bill, it may be helpful for me to say a few words about the Third Reading amendments. In line with the guidance recommended by the Procedure Committee and agreed by the House, the Public Bill Office has advised the usual channels that four amendments on the Marshalled List for Third Reading fall outside the guidance given in the Companion and by the Procedure Committee. They are Amendments Nos. 3, 4, 8 and 9.

The usual channels have considered the advice of the Public Bill Office and I therefore propose that it may be for the convenience of the House if leave is given to the noble Lord, Lord Elton, to move Amendment No. 3 and to the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, to move Amendment No. 4. That would allow the Minister to respond to those issues on the record in Hansard. I understand that Amendments Nos. 8 and 9, in the names of my noble friends Lady Turner and Lord McIntosh, will not be moved.