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Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:51 pm on 1st December 1999.

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Photo of Lord Mackie of Benshie Lord Mackie of Benshie Liberal Democrat 4:51 pm, 1st December 1999

My Lords, before the right reverend Prelate sits down, do bishops have a dispensation to ignore the customs of the House and excuse themselves from attending the rest of the debate? I have noted that it often happens.