HL Deb 21 October 1992 vol 539 c756

3.29 p.m.

Lord Hesketh

My Lords, with the leave of the House, I should like to say a word about the two debates standing in the names of the noble Lords, Lord Clifford of Chudleigh and Lord Chalfont. As the mover is allowed 15 minutes, and the Minister should rise to reply not less than 20 minutes before the scheduled end of the debate, in the case of the short debate in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Clifford of Chudleigh, this means that all other speeches should be limited to a maximum of 10 minutes and in that of the noble Lord, Lord Chalfont, eight minutes. If any noble Lord were to speak at greater length, he would be doing so at the expense of subsequent speakers in that debate.

On the ground that it has been several Wednesdays since we have had a debate on a Wednesday, I take this opportunity to remind noble Lords that on the digital indicators on the three sides of your Lordships' House when 10 minutes is indicated the eleventh has commenced.