HL Deb 19 April 1972 vol 330 c61

My Lords, may I, with the leave of the House and the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor, ask a question? While I am much in favour of courtesy, is it necessary to say, "While thanking the noble Lord for that reply"? Often the thanks are not due, and it is a waste of eight words per Question.


My Lords, perhaps this is not quite the moment for the noble Lord to ask my noble and learned friend the Lord Chancellor such a question and in any event I think it is not really for him to answer. We have maintained in this House a degree of courtesy which I believe most noble Lords would agree has worked extremely well. If we waste a few words occasionally, I think it does no harm.