HL Deb 24 February 2003 vol 645 c1WA
Lord Patten

asked the Leader of the House:

Why the House of Lords does not have the same family.-friendly half-term recess as the House of Commons. [HL1792]

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)

The Government Chief Whip told the House on 18 November 2002, "I cannot make any promises about a February break but, if business were to move speedily, it may be possible to arrange for a day or two during the week beginning 17 February."

Unfortunately, business did not move with sufficient speed to make this possible.