Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance (Decisions and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2004

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:05 pm on 16th December 2004.

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Photo of Lord Newby Lord Newby Shadow Minister, Treasury 12:05 pm, 16th December 2004

My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for introducing these orders so briefly. The practice in this House of reading out long speeches to an audience of two or three, when they have already been made in another place and we have read them, is one which the Minister has very wisely avoided in this case. The noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, said that she was sparkling less brightly than normal, but I have stopped sparkling altogether this afternoon. I agree with her that the regulations are entirely benign, and we therefore support them.