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Lord Elton: My Lords, on a point of order. Not wishing to be discourteous and not being at all ungrateful for the generosity shown by the Minister as regards the time he has taken, the Companion suggests that Members opening or winding up from either side are expected to keep within 20 minutes. Perhaps on the next occasion when we examine a Bill from the Home Office, we shall, God willing, have a slightly shorter reply.

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I apologise for the length of my remarks, but noble Lords put so many interesting questions to me that I thought it

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would be remiss if I did not cover as many points as possible, in particular so as to lighten the burden of correspondence for noble Lords.

We have had an interesting and constructive debate in which I have covered as many points as I could. On the next occasion, I shall pay closer attention to the instructions in the Companion.

Lord Windlesham: My Lords, can the Minister say whether the initial case study of the Bill by the Joint Select Committee on Human Rights will be available in time for the later stages of our deliberations?

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I cannot give an absolute response to that. My understanding is that it should be available around the time that noble Lords begin their detailed consideration in Committee.

On Question, Bill read a second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

        House adjourned at ten o'clock.


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