Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:36 pm on 23 June 2005.

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Photo of Lord Roper Lord Roper Liberal Democrat 1:36, 23 June 2005

My Lords, I begin by expressing my gratitude for the good wishes to my noble friend Lord Dykes expressed by so many participants in the debate. I go on to congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady McDonagh, on what, I thought, was an outstanding maiden speech. She spoke about her background but also addressed the issues that we are considering today.

I feel that it has been a useful debate, in spite of what the noble Lord, Lord Peston, said about us wasting our time; I thought that we wasted it rather well. I thank the Minister for his full reply and all those who took part in the debate, which was surprisingly non-polemical. At times, it seemed more like a seminar than a debate. I am grateful for that. I beg leave to withdraw the Motion.