HL Deb 06 December 1989 vol 513 c862
Lord Denham

My Lords, with the leave of the House, I should like to say a word about the length of speeches in today's debate standing in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Hunter of Newington, to which your Lordships have agreed to apply a five-hour time limit. On the principle that the mover is allowed approximately 20 minutes to open 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 subject to a strict limit of 10 minutes. Perhaps I may remind your Lordships that should the figure "10" appear on the clock, that speech will already have been too long.