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Well, Lord Ackner was one of the comparatively few retired Law Lords we had in the House of Lords at that time. He has, of course, since died. He enjoyed teasing governments by introducing, particularly into this sort of legislation -- I won't describe them as mischievous, but things that were certainly going to make the government sit up and pay attention. I don't know what his precise motivation on this occasion was. He may have been a close personal friend of Sir David. There may have been a university connection, I don't know at all.

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