§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Bob Ainsworth)
I beg to move,That the programme order of 9th December 2002 in relation to the Extradition Bill be amended by the substitution for paragraphs 4 and 5 of the following:(4) Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion four and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on a programme motion varying this order which is moved on the day on which the proceedings on consideration are commenced.(5) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on such a programme motion.The motion has two purposes. First, it provides for the total amount of time for discussion of the Bill today to be six and a half hours. Secondly, at the end of the Committee stage, the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Mr. Hawkins), who led for the Opposition, requested two hours for Third Reading rather than the single hour provided for in the original programme motion. We are happy to oblige him in that request.
§ Mr. Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath)
As the Minister suggested, we have no difficulties with the programme motion. We are content with the Government's proposals.
§ Mr. John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon)
From the Liberal Democrat Benches, we, too, consent to the motion.
§ Question put and agreed to.