[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair]

10:30 am
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Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet, Conservative)

Good morning. My intelligence from the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster) is that the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Mr. Brake) is in the process of becoming a father. Further information, via modern electronics, will follow.

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Mr Don Foster (Bath, Liberal Democrat)

On a point of order, Mr. Gale. I am sure that the Committee would not wish to be misled. My hon. Friend is already a father; we are now awaiting the birth of his second child who, according to my pager, is en route.

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Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet, Conservative)

I thank the hon. Gentleman for that clarification.

On a housekeeping matter, new clauses 5 and 6 are printed on the amendment paper as relating to part I of the Bill but they in fact relate to part II.