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Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:05 pm on 9th December 2005.

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Photo of Viscount Astor Viscount Astor Spokespersons In the Lords, The Family & Culture, Media & Sport 2:05 pm, 9th December 2005

My Lords, I suspect that that is a dilemma faced by many economists teaching their subject when trends move rapidly in the opposite direction from that which they are promoting.

However, this has been an extremely interesting debate. One other point that I will remember is that, as the noble Baroness, Lady Bonham-Carter, pointed out, it is sad that the noble Lord, Lord Birt, is not in his place. It is extraordinary that the appearances in this House of a man who knows a lot about broadcasting are rarer than sightings of the white rhino. I shall leave it at that.