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Viscount Colville of Culross: Before the noble Lord sits down, will he add to his list just one thing? Where bail is opposed by the prosecution there is now an appeal to the Crown Court. It is a matter of urgency and it disrupts a great deal of business. All bail applications are extremely time consuming. I am pretty sure that that also is not a function that ought to be done by a justices' clerk. If it is done by him or her, I suspect that it may be controversial. In the consultation will he think about that?

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Of course I will. I think that any suggestion in this particular area is most welcome, particularly from those who practise in the field and who have knowledge of it.

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: I am grateful to the noble Lord for his response on all the matters. It was helpful to the House that we were all able to speak to the amendments at this late stage. As the Minister himself remarked, there are indeed important questions which run through all the amendments to which I and other Members of the Committee have spoken tonight. I welcome his recognition that there are still unresolved matters which need, as he said, to be teased out. That is certainly my belief. I have serious concerns about this clause but, like the Minister, I believe that they should be discussed after the Government have had the opportunity to reflect further and particularly to consult with interested groups and

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also perhaps to bring forward other measures when the House is more full and the hour is earlier.

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Perhaps I may also say that it would probably be helpful if we have informed consultation that these amendments should be grouped together because they all focus essentially on the same general points.

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: I thank the Minister and welcome that as well. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

[Amendments Nos. 191 to 196A not moved.]

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Clause 40 agreed to.

Lord Carter: I beg to move that the House do now resume.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill

Returned from the Commons with the amendments disagreed to with reasons for such disagreement; it was ordered that the reasons be printed.

        House adjourned at thirteen minutes past eleven o'clock.

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