HL Deb 27 March 1991 vol 527 cc1195-6
Lord Denham

My Lords, in view of progress on the Bill and the lateness of the hour, it may be for the convenience of the House if I make a short statement about business for tomorrow. It has been agreed through the usual channels that it would be right for the House to meet at 2.30 p.m. tomorrow rather than at 11 o'clock.

I recognise that this will cause some inconvenience to your Lordships, but. I think that it is the right course, if only for the sake of the staff of the House. In order to minimise the inconvenience, I shall of course ensure that those noble Lords who have Starred Questions on the Order Paper tomorrow will be informed as soon as possible in the morning if they are not present in the House tonight. In addition, I propose that the Second Reading of the Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) Bill should not be taken tomorrow, and moreover that the business should be reordered under the provisions of Standing Order 38(6) so that the British Waterways Bill, on which a number of noble Lords have indicated that they wish to speak and to which the noble Baroness, Lady White, is seeking to move an Instruction, will be taken immediately after Starred Questions instead of at the end of business. That should ensure that that Bill comes on only an hour or so later than it would otherwise have done at most.

We shall then take the Statutory Instruments on the Order Paper. Perhaps I may take this opportunity of saying that I would have removed t lose too from tomorrow's Order Paper except that it is necessary to secure your Lordships' agreement to them under the Affirmative Resolution procedure before the Easter Recess.

Viscount Astor

My Lords, I beg to move that the House do now adjourn during pleasure until 12.15 a.m.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

[The sitting was suspended from 11.57 p.m. to 12.15 a.m.]

Baroness Blatch

My Lords, I beg to move that the House do now adjourn during pleasure for five minutes until 12.20.

Moved accordingly, and on Question, Motion agreed to.

[The Sitting was suspended from 12.15 to 12.20 a.m.]