Part of Northern Ireland Bill – in the House of Lords at 5:30 pm on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Lord Glentoran Lord Glentoran Shadow Minister (the Olympics), Culture, Media & Sport, Shadow Minister, Northern Ireland, Shadow Minister, Wales 5:30 pm, 11th March 2009

I admire the optimism of the noble Lord, Lord Browne; I like to share it. He also takes the point that six months would be a very long time. I am delighted as well to hear from the Lord President that the Government think likewise and will have their eye on the potential problem. I was not sure at first, but I also like the idea of the flexibility, which the noble Baroness talked about, on when the Government should react to the vacancy in the Assembly. In those circumstances, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 7 withdrawn.

Amendments 8 to 11A not moved.

Schedule 1 agreed.

Schedule 2 agreed.

Schedule 3: Amendments to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002

Amendments 11B and 12 not moved.

Schedule 3 agreed.

Schedules 4 to 6 agreed.

House resumed.

Bill reported without amendment.