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Lord Shepherd: My Lords, the noble Lord is being a little harsh on the Chief Whip when he seeks an assurance at this moment in time. The assurance we must ask of the Chief Whip is that he will use his best judgment at the time. I suggest that we return at eleven o'clock, as has been proposed.
Lord Carter: My Lords, for once I must disagree with my noble friend Lord Shepherd. He said that I had been harshly dealt with, but I am used to that. We will review the position through the usual channels at some time before eleven o'clock. At that hour I shall announce the decision of the usual channels. I certainly do not wish to enter into a debate on the hour of the clock.
Lord Carter : My Lords, it seems unlikely that we shall receive the Bill tonight at a time which would enable us to debate it properly. Therefore, I think that we should adjourn the House, return at three o'clock tomorrow for public business, conclude the business on the Bill and prorogue tomorrow, not on Friday. If we meet at three o'clock, there will have to be Questions. We shall then deal with the Bill in good order and, it is to be hoped, deliver it and then prorogue. Therefore, I beg to move that the House do now adjourn.
The Earl of Caithness: My Lords, I am grateful to the Government Chief Whip for his Motion. Earlier this evening there was mention of the Railways Bill. I took the trouble to look it up because I took the Bill through the House and it also happened to be my birthday on the day we had the same discussion as we are having now. I recall the words of the noble Lord, Lord Richard, when he was Leader of the Opposition. Referring to my noble friend Lord Wakeham, who moved a similar Motion, the noble Lord said that,
Returned from the Commons earlier this day with an amendment disagreed to with a reason for such disagreement; with an amendment agreed to with an amendment; and with the remaining amendments agreed to; the Commons amendment and reason ordered to be printed pursuant to Standing Order 50.
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