HL Deb 19 November 1968 vol 297 cc638-9

My Lords, the somewhat lengthy list of speakers for to-day's debate poses certain obvious problems, the answers to some of which —although not quite all—we have found. Dinner will be available this evening from 7 to 8.30 p.m. and also to-morrow evening. There will be refreshments later on both in the Guest Room and in the Members' Room.

I have been asked by a number of noble Lords, and others closely concerned outside, as to how long the debate will go on. I have had to say, of course, that the length of the debate is the sum total of the individual speeches. Various proposals have been put forward as to how we might deal with this problem. I wonder whether we might each undertake, having spoken ourselves, to stay behind and listen to those who follow. That may well prove to be the most effective discipline.