Lord Ampthill: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, I wonder whether he will forgive me for a brief intervention, simply because I happened to chair the committee that looked at the original Bill, which this Bill amends. I was also chairman of the committee that looked at the father to the Bill, on the Channel Tunnel. Both were hybrid Bills. I merely wish to inform the Minister that I feel inclined to...
Lord Ampthill: My Lords, having implied that we do nothing in this House, does my noble friend not accept that, over the past 10 years, we made on average 3,400 amendments a year to the Government's Bills?
Lord Ampthill: Having called Amendment No. 128, I apologise for my slip and now call Amendment No. 123.
Lord Ampthill: I remind the Committee that, if Amendment No. 83 is agreed to, I cannot called Amendment No. 84, which has already been debated.
Lord Ampthill: My Lords, I should remind the House that if this amendment is agreed to I cannot call Amendments Nos. 142 and 143.
Lord Ampthill: My Lords, would the noble Baroness care to move Amendments Nos. 156M, 156N, 156P and 156Q? The question is that those amendments be agreed to.
Lord Ampthill: My Lords, I apologise to the noble Baroness. I repeat that the question is that Amendments Nos. 156M, 156N, 156P and 156Q be agreed to.
Lord Ampthill: I am sorry, my Lords; there are no speakers here and I could not hear exactly what the noble Baroness was saying. Amendments Nos. 156M and 156N must be dealt with first.
Lord Ampthill: My Lords, has the noble Baroness spoken to the remainder of the alphabet? I suggest to the House that Amendments Nos. 156Y, 156Z, 156AA, 156 AB, 156AC and 156AD be moved by the noble Baroness en bloc.
Lord Ampthill: My Lords, Amendment No. 156AJ was spoken to with Amendment No. 156X, as was Amendment No. 156AK.
Lord Ampthill: My Lords, before the noble Lord replies, I ask him one question. The previous Motion, which he moved successfully, was laid approximately six months ago. This Motion was laid only seven days ago. Could he give us an explanation for the difference between those two?
Lord Ampthill: I remind the Committee that, in the event that the amendment is accepted, I cannot call Amendment No. 97A.
Lord Ampthill: My Lords, I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts: Gender Recognition Act, Higher Education Act, Mersey Tunnels Act, Ipswich Market Act.
Lord Ampthill: I remind the House that if Amendment No. 33 is agreed to, I will be unable to call Amendments Nos. 35, 36 or 37, due to pre-emption.
Lord Ampthill: My Lords, if I may be so bold, as the noble Lord has spoken for a moment or two on the amendment, I should allow the Minister to respond to it, if he cares to do so.
Lord Ampthill: My Lords, having spoken to the amendment at some length, would the noble Baroness care to move the amendment, in case anybody wishes to reply?
Lord Ampthill: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, he said that he was speaking only to Amendment No. 2. However, there are 47 amendments in this group, of which 42 are government amendments. Perhaps he could clarify that for the House.
Lord Ampthill: Does the noble Baroness wish to speak to the subsequent clauses grouped with Clause 54?
Lord Ampthill: Amendment No. 15 having been agreed to, I am unable to call Amendments Nos. 16 to 22. I should perhaps have mentioned that matter before, but I am sure your Lordships were aware of it.
Lord Ampthill: As the noble Lord has also spoken to Amendment No. 26, I should remind the Committee that, if that amendment is agreed to, it will be impossible to call Amendment No. 28.