§ The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
My Lords, at a convenient moment after 3.30 p.m. my noble friend Lord Belstead will, with the leave of the House, repeat a Statement that is to be made in another place on Prisons Management (Northern Ireland).
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 Peston, 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 10 minutes. If any noble Lord should speak at greater length he would be doing so at the expense of other speakers in the debate.