HL Deb 22 February 2000 vol 610 c123

2.41 p.m.

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg)

My Lords, before business begins, I take the opportunity to inform the House that I am to deliver the opening address at a British Council conference to be held in the Reichstag building in Berlin on Monday 28th February when the House will sit. Accordingly, I trust that the House will grant me leave of absence.