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Orders of the Day — Defamation Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:43 pm on 21st May 1996.

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Photo of Jonathan Evans Jonathan Evans Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Lord Chancellor's Department) 10:43 pm, 21st May 1996

Again, I turn to the suggestion that I made in my opening statement that the report of the Lords Third Reading debate should be read by hon. Members. They would see that the Lord Chancellor made it clear that there were two options: the matter could have been referred to a Joint Committee or it could be dealt with then, with a similar vote being taken in this House, and that is the course of action that was taken.