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Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:00 am on 25th November 2004.

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Photo of Lord Eatwell Lord Eatwell Labour 11:00 am, 25th November 2004

My Lords, I apologise for interrupting the noble Baroness and I am grateful to her for giving way. Does she accept that when Rachel Lomax made those comments she was referring to the difficulties involved in collecting statistics accurately in any environment and that it had nothing whatever to do with the proposal of the noble Baroness concerning an independent statistical service?