HL Deb 18 May 2000 vol 613 cc448-9
Lord Bach

My Lords, as consideration of the Financial Services and Markets Bill is now finally complete, this evening's Unstarred Question is no longer restricted to the one-hour available for dinner break business. Instead, a limit of one-and-a-half hours will apply. As a result, everyone on the list now has 12 minutes in which to speak. However, if noble Lords prefer to avoid the inconvenience of extending their speeches at such short notice, I can assure them that they will attract no criticism from these Benches, nor, I suspect, from the rest of the House!