§ 8.26 p.m.
§ Lord Denham
My Lords, with the leave of the House, I should like to make a Statement on the business for the rest of the week.
Business for tomorrow, Tuesday 12th May, will be: Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Bill: Report and Third Reading; Criminal Justice Bill: Committee and remaining stages of Part I of the Bill; Parliamentary and Health Services Commissioners Bill: Third Reading; Representation of the People (Variation of Limits of Candidates' Election Expenses) Order 1987; Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (Miscellaneous Changes) (No. 2) Order 1987; Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Bill (L. Gisborough): Committee and remaining stages; Deer Bill: Committee and remaining stages; Agricultural Training Board Bill: Third Reading; Registered Establishments (Scotland) Bill: Report and Third Reading.
Business for Wednesday 13th May will be: Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Bill: Committee and remaining stages; Landlord and Tenant (No. 2) Bill: Second Reading and remaining stages; Black Country Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 1987; Tyne and Wear Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 1987; Teesside Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 1987; Definition of Capital Expenses (Scotland) Order 1987; Crossbows Bill: Committee and remaining stages; AIDS (Control) Bill: Committee and remaining stages.
There will be a short debate on the case for measures to protect the countryside and environment and on the 500 case for all-party support for environmental protection.
The debate standing in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Ezra, will not now take place.
Motor Cycle Noise Bill: Second Reading and remaining stages; Protection of Animals (Penalties) Bill: Second Reading and remaining stages; Prescription (Scotland) Bill: Second Reading and remaining stages; Access to Personal Files Bill: Committee and remaining stages.
Business for Thursday 14th May will be: Sheep and Goats (Removal to Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1987; Home Grown Cereals Authority Levy Scheme (Approval) Order 1987; Lord Chancellor's Salary Order 1987; Access to Personal Files Bill: Committee and remaining stages; and any other Bills which may have been received from the Commons will also be considered on this day.
On Friday 15th May the House will meet for Royal Assent at 11 a.m., and then adjourn sine die. Parliament will be dissolved by proclamation on Monday. The House will not sit on that day.
In some cases it will not be possible to print Bills for the House so that, where a Bill is brought from the Commons unamended, the print before the House will be the Commons print. I hope that noble Lords will not be inconvenienced by this.
A further statement will be made tomorrow with regard to Thursday's business.
§ Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede
My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for so expeditiously making the Statement before your Lordships' House. Perhaps he can confirm that the Unstarred Question of the noble Earl, Lord Kimberley, which was down for Wednesday, 13th May, will not now take place.
§ Lord Tordoff
My Lords, may I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Denham, for reading the Statement. As he will be aware, there was some hesitation on these Benches concerning the Criminal Justice Bill, since that is a Bill which is likely to receive considerable discussion by those Members of your Lordships' House who are in the legal profession and where we have a considerable contribution to make, particularly from the Cross-Benches. However, various accommodations have been made and we are glad to accept that the Bill should go through.
I am glad to see that the Deer Bill is going to go through. That is referred to on our Benches as the Private Eye Bill. We naturally regret that the debate of the noble Lord, Lord Ezra, has had to go the way of all flesh. It is unfortunate when, on these Benches, we only have three days of the year when we can debate issues, that half of one of those days must be sacrificed in the interests of seeking new Members for another place. Nevertheless, we are in support of the Statement as it now stands.
§ Lord Denham
My Lords, I am most grateful to both noble Lords. In the circumstances, the normal 501 discussions have taken place between the parties. I think that is to the benefit of both Houses and the country as a whole. I believe that matters have been agreed in the most satisfactory way possible.