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Viscount Cranborne: My Lords, I am extremely grateful to the noble Baroness for clarifying the situation, particularly when her right honourable colleagues in another place attempted to make it clear

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beyond peradventure before this evening's vote that the Bill would be lost if your Lordships decided to vote in the way that they have in fact voted.

Noble Lords: Oh!

Viscount Cranborne: My Lords, the Bill has been lost in this Session, but it was clear that the noble Baroness's right honourable friend intended us to believe that the legislation would not be reintroduced under the Parliament Acts.

We have clearly noted what the noble Baroness has said. We are aware of the limitations on the rights of this House--limitations set out very clearly by the noble Lord, Lord Shore--and I hope that we will behave accordingly when the Bill is reintroduced.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank: My Lords, the Home Secretary said in another place earlier today that the Government remained committed to the Bill. For that reason, we very greatly welcome the statement made by the noble Baroness the Leader of the House about the Government's intentions for the next Session.

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For our part, whatever votes there may have been and whatever hesitations we have previously had, we will give it full support at every stage.

I have one further comment to make and I say it to the noble Viscount the Leader of the Opposition in this House. We shall waste parliamentary time. We shall be seen to be going back over business discussed time and time again. If the Conservative Party had behaved more wisely during the final stages of the Bill, and particularly today, it would have been for the honour of the House and to the advantage, though I might not like it, of the Conservative Party itself.

Noble Lords: Hear, hear!

Lord Carter: My Lords, in moving that the House do now adjourn, perhaps it will be for the convenience of your Lordships if I say that the House will meet at three o'clock tomorrow for Starred Questions and for Prorogation. I beg to move that the House do now adjourn.

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

        House adjourned at five minutes past nine o'clock.

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