HL Deb 21 January 1987 vol 483 c932

3.3 p.m.

Lord Denham

My Lords, at the end of the short debate on the effect of private enterprise on the National Health Service and before the short debate on CAP surpluses and curtailment policies, my noble friend Lord Trefgarne will, with the leave of the House, repeat in the form of a Statement the answer that is to be given to a Private Notice Question in another place on the management of Devonport dockyard.

Also with the leave of the House, I should like to say a word about the two short debates standing in the names of the noble Lord, Lord Bottomley, and the noble Lord, Lord John-Mackie. It is customary in short debates that the mover is allowed approximately 15 minutes and that the Minister should rise to reply not less than 20 minutes before the scheduled end of the debates. In the case of the short debate in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Bottomley, this means that all other speeches should be limited to a maximum of eight minutes and in that of the noble Lord, Lord John-Mackie, 10 minutes.

I should perhaps remind the House that the time is up the moment that the figure concerned arrives on the indicator and not when it leaves it.