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Baroness Blatch: My Lords, I rise simply to make this point. The Bill was printed last November/December and we are now heading for the end of the Session yet we are still receiving large tranches of amendments. Is this positively the last group of technical amendments?
I know that these amendments have been blamed on counsel. However, my understanding is that counsel drafts all amendments and we have had large groupings on every single day that we have met on this in Committee, with technical amendments that have been afterthoughts, corrections and a rewriting of the Bill. It seems to me that we have had a surfeit of amendments and I wondered whether this was the last we could expect.
Lord Whitty: My Lords, I believe that during the rest of Report stage further technical amendments will be needed. However, these are of a different character to the ones that have been introduced elsewhere, in that
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House adjourned at twenty-nine minutes past eleven o'clock.
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