HL Deb 12 April 1989 vol 506 c251
Lord Denham

My Lords, with the leave of the House, I should like to say a few words about the length of speeches in today's debate standing in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Blackstone, to which your Lordships have agreed to apply a five-hour time limit. On the principle that the mover is allowed approximately 20 minutes and that the Minister should rise to reply not less than 25 minutes before the scheduled end of the debate, all other speeches should be limited to a strict limit of 9 minutes. If any noble Lord should speak at greater length he would be doing so at the expense of subsequent speakers in the debate.