§ Lord Denham
My Lords, at a convenient moment after 3.30 p.m. this afternoon my noble friend Lord Ferrers will, with the leave of the House, repeat a Statement that is to be made in another place on new economic initiatives for Northern Ireland.
With the leave of the House, I should like in the normal way to say a brief word about the timing of the two short debates this afternoon, standing in the names of my noble friends Lord Soames and Lord Harvington. Following the principle that the mover shall be entitled to approximately 15 minutes, and that the Minister should rise to reply no later than 20 minutes before the scheduled end of the debate, may I suggest that other speakers in both today's debates should limit their speeches to a maximum of 11 minutes. Perhaps I should point out that if any noble Lord should speak longer than that, he will do so at the expense of other speakers in the debate.