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Amendment 7 withdrawn.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.
Amendments 11B and 12 not moved.
Schedule 3 agreed.
Schedules 4 to 6 agreed.
Bill reported without amendment.