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Baroness Miller of Hendon: The noble Lord will not be surprised that I am not too worried that there is little sympathy for my amendment. That is nothing very strange. It is possible that we may reconsider the wording and, if it is not practicable, we may consider another way of doing it.

I cannot remember the Minister's exact words but I think the implication was that it was a slight cheek on my part to move the amendment, given that we got rid of the GLC without a referendum. We did not have a

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referendum because it was very clearly stated in our election manifesto and we won the election with a substantial majority.

Lord Tope: No, you did not.

Baroness Miller of Hendon: Yes, we did. We won anyway. At this time of night it would appear that the noble Lord, Lord Tope, and I are no longer in agreement.

However, as I said, this is a probing amendment. I shall look carefully at what the Minister said. I am heartened by the fact that the Minister does not want to accept the amendment, because if the assembly proves to be as wonderful as the Government believe it will be I should have thought that they would be delighted for it to have a new view from the public on one of their successes. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 24 agreed to.

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I beg to move that the House do now resume.

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

House resumed.

        House adjourned at twenty minutes past ten o'clock.

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