§ The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington)
My Lords, before Questions, I am afraid that it is my duty to tell your Lordships that we have just heard the very sad news that my noble friend Lord Shepherd has died. I am sure that the whole House will join with me in sending sincere condolences and warmest sympathy to his family. Of course, as would be appropriate, we would all wish to pay tribute to my noble friend in the usual way. However, as we have only just heard the news, the Leader of the Opposition and I and the usual channels have agreed that perhaps tributes would be more appropriate on Monday. I hope the House will understand that. In the meantime we send our warm wishes to my noble friend's family.