HL Deb 25 July 1996 vol 574 cc1575-6

2.47 p.m.

Lord Strathclyde

My Lords, the House will be aware that my noble friend Lord Howe proposes to make a Statement on matters concerning defence. In view of the fact that he has been in this House replying to the debate just concluded, I hope that the House will feel it appropriate for there to be a short adjournment during pleasure so that he can prepare himself before making that Statement. Therefore, I beg to move that the House do now adjourn during pleasure until 3 p.m.

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

[The Sitting was suspended from 2.48 until 3 p.m.]