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Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 1st December 1999.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Conservative 4:30 pm, 1st December 1999

My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for giving way. There is some disquiet on our Benches about the opening of the noble Lord's speech. I believe that it was totally unjustified. Is he suggesting that my noble friend Lord Ferrers should hide his head in shame for introducing today an extremely important debate? Although it is not a political point which I would normally make, when I look at the lack of people sitting on the Benches opposite and at the list of speakers, I am taken aback by the tone of the opening of the noble Lord's speech.