– in the House of Lords at 3:19 pm on 20th July 2005.

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Photo of Lord Grocott Lord Grocott Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords) 3:19 pm, 20th July 2005

My Lords, I should like to say something about today's business. With the leave of the House there will be a Statement very shortly on developments since the terrorist attack. That will be repeated by my noble friend Lady Scotland.

So far as concerns the rest of today's business, the House will appreciate and understand that, because of the obvious and agreed reasons we adjourned early on Monday, there is some business which we had intended to do on Monday, which now will be done today. There is also the Statement and the large number of speakers who put down their names first for the Commons Bill and then for the two Bills on smokers.

It will be difficult for us to meet our intended rising time of ten o'clock. But, as the House knows, we have to meet our rising time of eleven o'clock because we begin early tomorrow. I simply say to the House that if we are to do that comfortably the Back-Bench contributions on the Commons Bill will need to be around six minutes and the Back-Bench contributions on the smoking Bills, likewise, will have to be around six minutes. If we are able to stick to that we shall be able to complete in reasonable time.