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Volume 621: debated on Thursday 8 February 2001

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My Lords, before we move to the Motion and the Prayer, it may be for the convenience of the House if I say a word about the procedure that will follow in relation to these two items. The noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, will move her Motion and in so doing will make her speech. There will then follow a single debate. The noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, will speak next. The Minister will speak at the end. The noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, will then have the opportunity to reply and will either press her Motion or withdraw it. If the noble Baroness presses her Motion to a Division and wins, the House authorities have advised that the Motion in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, will be pre-empted and he will not be able to move it. If, however, the noble Baroness loses her Motion or withdraws it, the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, can choose whether or not to move his Motion. If the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, moves his Motion, he may do so formally. We will then have any further Division without any debate. I hope that that clarifies the position.