HL Deb 27 July 1983 vol 443 cc1606-7
Lord Denham

My Lords, usually at this time of the year we have undergone a rather hard period for a week or two before we reach this stage in the Session, and it is normal for the Government Chief Whip of the day to express on behalf of his noble friends behind him good wishes to noble Lords in all parts of the House. We have had perhaps a rather lighter period during the past week or two. Even so, may I, on behalf of my noble friends, wish noble Lords in all parts of the House an extremely good and a restful Recess. May I also—I hope on behalf of the whole House—express, to all those who serve us in the Palace of Westminster and look after us so well, the wish that they, too, will have an extremely good and restful time. I beg to move that the House do now adjourn.

Moved, That the House do now adjourn.—(Lord Denham.)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede

My Lords, before the noble Lord finally moves, That the House do now adjourn, may I associate those on these Benches with the remarks which he has made in wishing all those who serve us in this House a restful time during the long Recess. We closely associate ourselves with the noble Lord's remarks. As he has said, we have had a relatively easy time since we came back here on 22nd June. My only hope is that in planning the future business of your Lordships' House the Government will ensure that at this time next July we shall not have had an unacceptable period of heavy business. Looking at the Government's future programme, my fear is that we are going to have a very heavy July next year.

Lord Banks

My Lords, in supporting the Motion, may I say on behalf of my noble friends that we reciprocate the felicitations which have been extended to all parts of the House by the noble Lord the Chief Whip on the Government side and, indeed, by the noble Lord the Chief Whip for the Opposition. At the same time we join in supporting the good wishes which have been extended by them to all those who serve this House.

Lord Kilmarnock

My Lords, on behalf of my noble friends on this Bench, I also should like to associate myself with the remarks made by the noble Lord the Chief Whip, particularly in relation to the splendid service which we receive from the officers and the permanent staff of this House. Perhaps I may also add my own good wishes to the noble Lord and to all members of other parties for a happy and well earned Recess.

House adjourned for the Summer Recess at five minutes past seven o'clock until Monday, 24th October next.