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Baroness Turner of Camden: My Lords, the House will not be surprised to learn that I am disappointed with the response. We had hoped that, as a result of the arguments advanced from this side, the Government would take back the regulations and re-think them. I am sorry that we have failed to persuade the Minister to do so because we hold the view strongly on this side of the

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House that the regulations do not meet the requirements of the ECJ decision. We believe that that means that there may well be a situation in which again there will be a challenge to what has been done. Once again, the Government may be faced with a situation in which they have to re-vamp regulations and present a fresh set of regulations for consideration by both Houses.

We hold strongly to the view already expressed that the regulations as they stand allow employers to bypass existing trade union organisations and trade union representatives. We are concerned that there are no guarantees of independence for representatives. We note what the Government have had to say about maximum flexibility for employers, but we are also concerned about the rights of employees and their organisations. We regret that we have not persuaded the Government to re-think the regulations and are afraid that we may well be debating re-vamped regulations at some time in the future because they have failed to meet the requirements of the ECJ decisions. However, I beg leave to withdraw the Motion.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Saint Paul's Churchyard Bill

A message was brought from the Commons, that they have made the following order, to which they desire the concurrence of the Lords:

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That the Promoters of the Saint Paul's Churchyard Bill shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with the Bill, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that the Agents for the Bill give notice to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office not later than the day before the close of the present Session of their intention to suspend further proceedings and that all Fees due on the Bill up to that date be paid;

That on the fifth day on which the House sits in the next Session the Bill shall be presented to the House;

That there shall be deposited with the Bill a declaration signed by the Agents for the Bill, stating that the Bill is the same, in every respect, as the Bill at the last stage of its proceedings in this House in the present Session;

That the Bill shall be laid upon the Table of the House by one of the Clerks in the Private Bill Office on the next meeting of the House after the day on which the Bill has been presented and, when so laid, shall be read the first and second time (and shall be recorded in the Journal of this House as having been so read) and shall be ordered to be read the third time;

That no further Fees shall be charged in respect of any proceedings on the Bill in respect of which Fees have already been incurred during the present Session.

That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.

        House adjourned at twelve minutes before eleven o'clock.

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