HL Deb 29 February 2000 vol 610 cc524-5
Lord Bach

My Lords, as consideration of the Representation of the People Bill is now complete, tonight's Unstarred Question is no longer restricted to the one hour available for the Dinner Break business. Instead, a limit of one-and-a-half hours will apply. This change does not affect the time allocated to my noble friend Lord McIntosh of Haringey, but it increases to 11 minutes the time available to each of the other speakers.

However, if noble Lords prefer to avoid the inconvenience of changing and extending their speeches at such short notice, I can assure them that they will attract no criticism from these Benches nor, I strongly suspect, from the House as a whole.