HL Deb 25 July 2000 vol 616 c352
Lord Carter

My Lords, it may be for the convenience of the House if I say a few words about the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill. I suggest that we do not proceed with the Committee stage today as more time needs to be spent on the Football (Disorder) Bill after dinner.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

My Lords, before the House adjourns, perhaps I may express deep disappointment from the Liberal Democrat Benches. This important Bill has twice been scheduled behind the Football (Disorder) Bill. Probably more people walk in the countryside and take an interest in wildlife issues than play football. I am aware also of the deep disappointment on the government Benches. No matter what else happens in September, October and November, I hope the Government will ensure that this extremely important Bill is given due time.

Lord Carter

My Lords, the disappointment of the noble Baroness is exceeded only by the disappointment of the Chief Whip. As the House knows, we have to complete proceedings on the Football (Disorder) Bill by the end of the week. But the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill will become law.