Arrangement of Business — Announcement

– in the House of Lords at 3:38 pm on 24th March 2010.

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Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords) 3:38 pm, 24th March 2010

My Lords, 41 speakers are signed up for the Second Reading of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill today. If Back-Bench contributions are kept to eight minutes, the House should be able to rise this evening at around the target rising time of 10 pm.

It might also be a convenient point to remind the House of the guidance in the Companion about attendance at debates. Members taking part in today's debate are expected to attend the greater part of it. It is considered discourteous for Members not to be present for the opening speeches, for at least the speech before and that following their own, and for the winding-up speeches. I am most grateful.