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Lord Hoyle: My Lords, there have been good race relations in east Lancashire--an area of which I have particular knowledge--but deprivation has an effect. There has been a run-down of the textile and manufacturing industry, and a falling population. I am sure that the people of Burnley would welcome the visit of a senior Cabinet Minister to discuss these problems.
Lord Rooker: My Lords, I cannot promise visits. We are getting around the country. With regard to industry and deprivation, one of the reasons we have a census is to gain accurate information on the issue. We are still working with the census of 10 years ago; as far as I am aware, there was no mid-term census. In that way the Government and local authorities can target resources in those areas.
The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. It is a matter of great constitutional importance bearing, as it does, on the matter of your Lordships' expenses.
Moved, That Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Thursday next to enable the Motion in the name of the Lord Privy Seal to be taken before the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill [HL].--(Lord Williams of Mostyn.)
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Tordoff): My Lords, I beg to move the Motions standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, perhaps I may draw attention to the fact that the noble Lord, Lord Oxburgh, has been made Chairman of the Science and Technology Select Committee. I am sure that that will be welcome throughout the House.
This completes the list of committees, save for the committee on the Chinook helicopter crash about which I am sure that some noble Lord will ask me if I do not tell the House now. The answer is that I hope to be able to move a similar Motion on Monday setting up that Select Committee.
Moved, That a Select Committee be appointed to advise the House on the resources required for Select Committee work and to allocate resources between Select Committees; to review the Select Committee work of the House; to consider requests for ad hoc committees and report to the House with
Moved, That a Committee for Privileges be appointed and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees and any four Lords of Appeal be named of the committee:
"Most Gracious Sovereign--We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to thank Your Majesty for the most gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament".
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