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Lord Wedderburn of Charlton: My Lords, on behalf of some of my noble friends I should like to thank, first, the Minister for his patience and, secondly, my noble and learned friend Lord Archer. Even when he was wrong, he maintained a stout and firm bat against all the bowling that we could bring to bear.
There are some good things in this Bill--I should say that there are a lot of good things in it because from our Benches we have tended only to criticise it. Indeed, where the Bill is good, it is very good, but where it is bad, it is very, very bad indeed.
As I have emphasised on a number of occasions, we shall continue to maintain a consultative approach when we come to prepare the implementing regulations. The ACAS arbitration scheme has attracted a great deal of interest and, I detect, some concern. As your Lordships know, the ACAS Council is a tripartite body, comprising representatives of employers, employees and
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