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Business of the House

Volume 736: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2012

Timing of Debates

Moved by

That the debate on the Motion in the name of Lord Howell of Guildford set down for Friday 16 March shall be limited to three and a half hours and that the debate on the Motion in the name of Lord Sassoon set down for Thursday 22 March shall be limited to five hours.

I take the opportunity of asking the noble Lord the Leader of the House why we have not yet had an opportunity to debate the serious matter of access by Members of the House to the Peers’ car park. When I last raised it, the noble Lord’s deputy told me that it would be a matter of course. But in practice we have been prevented by putting down Written Answers. If an early opportunity is not given, I will have to put down a Motion myself to allow the House to decide.

Of course, the noble Lord is free to do whatever he wishes to do within the rules as laid down in the Companion to the Standing Orders. However, I am prepared to have a discussion with the Chairman of Committees.

Motion agreed.