§ The PRINCIPAL DEPUTY CHAIRMAN of COMMITEES (Baroness Tweedsmuir of Belhelvie)
My Lords, on behalf of the noble Earl the Chairman of Committees may I say that I understand that certain noble Lords wish to speak on the Motion for the Third Reading of the Tyne and Wear Bill. That being so, in accordance with custom I should like to propose the postponement of this Motion to a time more convenient to the House. Accordingly I ask for the leave of the House to withdraw this Motion.
Baroness WARD of NORTH TYNESIDE
My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for what she has said and for the message I received that the Third Reading would not be moved today. May I put it on the record that, having been in another place for over 38 years, it would be convenient occasionally if anybody who really knows about the Tyne and Wear were informed earlier of what was going to happen. Is the noble Baroness aware that I have not been in this place for very long but that T find that nobody bothers to tell me anything even if, having been in another place for 38½ years, I do know something about the Tyne and Wear?
§ Baroness TWEEDSMUIR of BELHELVIE
My Lords, I feel that I should respond to the noble Baroness by saying that as she was good enough to say that she wished to speak upon this Bill, as did another Member of this House, it is the custom here, in order not to hold up public business, to deal later with Private Bills and that, through the usual channels, a time is chosen which is convenient to the House as a whole.
§ Motion for Third Reading, by leave, withdrawn.