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Lord Renton: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for giving way. If I may say so, she is being very realistic. Perhaps I may console her by saying that in my opinion, having listened to all the speeches, only two amendments are vitally necessary. One is to Clause 1, so that the offence becomes an intentional offence instead of a merely automatic one; the other is to Clause 3, to insert the word "wild", so as to bring that clause within the Long Title of the Bill. Other amendments could well be thought of, but in my opinion those are the only two that are vital. I hope that that helps the noble Baroness.

Baroness Nicol: Yes, my Lords, it helps to a certain extent. But, as the promoter of the Bill, I feel it is my duty to press it forward, even if we have to do so without amendment at all. It is very difficult for me to say that I shall engage in something that will wreck the Bill unless I can receive some more comfort from the Government, which does not seem to be forthcoming.

I repeat that I must go away and read all the points raised, take advice on them, and have discussions with the Government. We shall then see what happens. I understand that the Committee stage is presently arranged for 31st October. We may or may not be able to keep that date. In the meantime, I hope that the House will give the Bill a Second Reading. I commend it to your Lordships.

On Question, Bill read a second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

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