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Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare moved Amendment No. 26:

Line 2, leave out from ("Act") to ("and") in line 4 and insert ("1957 to enable effect to be given to the Protocols additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 done at Geneva on 10 June 1977;").

The noble Lord said: This amendment makes a minor alteration to the wording of the Bill's Title so that it refers to,

rather than to "certain international protocols". The incorrect year of the Act is also amended. This is a drafting amendment which does not affect the meaning of the Title. I beg to move.

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: We have taken these procedures with great seriousness and I do not want to detract from that, but anyone who looks at the Bill as read a second time, then the Bill as amended in Committee, cannot help being reminded of the Marx brothers. The Committee will remember the "Night at the Opera" when Groucho and Chico were negotiating the contract for Alan Jones as an opera singer. It proceeds with the,

    "party of the first part shall hereinafter be called the party of the first part. Oh no, we don't need that amendment".

The dialogue goes on through many clauses and finally they reach a clause called the sanity clause and Chico says,

    "But there ain't no santy clause".

I repeat, "There ain't no sanity clause".

Baroness Blatch: We have all received what the noble Lord said in the spirit in which he said it.

I remember the very first Bill that I attempted to take through this Chamber. It is a nerve-racking experience. I congratulate my noble friend. I should also like to thank everybody who has been party to allowing this Bill to have such a smooth passage. May it have God speed in another place.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Title, as amended, agreed to.

House resumed: Bill reported with amendments.

        House adjourned at eight o'clock.

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