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Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:01 pm on 26th May 2005.

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Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office 4:01 pm, 26th May 2005

My Lords, I thank noble Lords for their kind words of welcome. I am very grateful and have been touched by supportive comments all around the House and on my four quick visits so far—they will always be quick—to Northern Ireland. I will do my best. I have made clear that it is not an area that I know in detail. If I get things wrong, people will point it out to me. I do not carry much baggage with me but I will bring to bear what experience and goodwill I can in the issues that I have to deal with. I very much look forward to the debate of substance on 9 June. Obviously, that would be the better time.

I am very grateful for the acceptance of the order. The answer to the question of the noble Lord, Lord Brooke, is "Yes".