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Arrangement of Business

Volume 717: debated on Tuesday 9 February 2010


My Lords, before we begin the Second Reading of the Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill, it may be helpful if I say a few words about anticipated timings for the remainder of today’s business.

There are five speakers on the list for Second Reading, so we anticipate Committee on the Equality Bill to follow it at around 4.30 pm. We would then aim to continue with the Equality Bill until around 6.30 pm, when we would take Committee stage of the terrorist asset-freezing Bill. The intention would then be to resume proceedings on the Equality Bill at a later stage this evening after completion of Committee on the terrorist asset-freezing Bill. The deadline for tabling amendments for Committee on the terrorist asset-freezing Bill will be 5.30 pm.

There is a great deal of important business to get through today, and I am sure that all noble Lords will wish to make effective use of the time available, while ensuring proper and efficient scrutiny of the legislation before the House. As is usual on days like today, expected timings of business will be displayed from time to time on the annunciators.