HL Deb 04 December 1991 vol 533 c228

2.59 p.m.

Lord Hesketh

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 my noble friend Lady Young to which your Lordships have agreed to apply a five-hour time limit. On the principle that the mover is allowed 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 not exceed 12 minutes. If any noble Lord should speak at greater length, he would be doing so at the expense of other speakers in the debate.