HL Deb 20 November 2003 vol 654 c2104

3.28 p.m.

Lord Grocott

My Lords, I beg to move that the House do adjourn during pleasure.

At present the Commons have either just begun, or are about to begin, their consideration of our message to them on the Criminal Justice Bill. I am unable to say at present precisely when, or if, they will send their message back to us, which of course will determine how long it will take us to process whatever message we receive so that we can debate it in an orderly fashion. However, I think it is most unlikely that we shall recommence business before 5 p.m. at the absolute earliest. The sensible way to proceed is for us all to watch the annunciator. Immediately we know anything regarding messages from the other place, we shall put an announcement on the annunciator. We shall reconvene to consider any messages on the Criminal Justice Bill as soon as we possibly can after that.

Moved, That the House do adjourn during pleasure.—(Lord Grocott.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

[The Sitting was suspended from 3.29 to 8.10 p.m.]