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Volume 720: debated on Tuesday 20 July 2010


My Lords, as there is no speakers list for this afternoon's debate, it may be helpful if I say a few words about the expected running order. There are three Motions on the Order Paper today: two resolutions in the name of my noble friend the Leader of the House and a Motion in the name of the noble Lord the Chairman of Committees, to which two amendments have been tabled. My noble friend Lord Strathclyde will open the debate by moving the first resolution. It may then be for the convenience of the House to hear from the noble Baroness, Lady Royall of Blaisdon, the noble Baroness, Lady D'Souza, and then the noble Lord, Lord Dholakia, before other noble Lords rise to speak. At the end of the debate, it is expected that the noble Lord, Lord Brabazon of Tara, will respond to the issues raised that fall within the remit of the House Committee, after which my noble friend Lord Strathclyde will reply to the debate.

My Lords, will the noble Baroness, Lady Anelay, please explain why the noble Lord, Lord Dholakia, is included in the original list? He is a supporter and member of the government parties.

My Lords, we have courtesies in this House which mean that, when we are dealing with House matters, we hear from all parts of the House who have views to be represented. As a courtesy, which is the way this House has behaved, we have always ensured that the parties are able to express a view on House matters. In the House Committee, the parties are represented. That is why I have tried to assist the House. I assure the noble Baroness, Lady Farrington of Ribbleton, that during the course of the ensuing debate this afternoon, all noble Lords who wish to speak will have every opportunity to do so.