Housing and Regeneration Bill
Roger Gale (North Thanet, Conservative)
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Before we start, let me say that I have taken a look at the schedule of what we must get through between now and a week today. Under the terms of the agreement with the House, the Bill must exit Committee at 4 pm on that day, and there is rather a lot to get through. Members on both sides of the Committee will agree that this is an important Bill, and my job is to ensure that it is properly debated. I cannot tell hon. Members what to do or what they may and may talk about, and nor do I seek to do so, because that is in their gift. However, what I would say—clearly and, I hope, not too fiercely—is that it would be an extremely good idea for the usual channels to talk to each other about Tuesday evening, if they have not already done so. What happens then will depend on where we have got to by the end of the afternoon, when I shall also be present. We owe it to colleagues in the House to ensure that we get through as much of the Bill as we can, even if we cannot get through it all. Now, it is over to you.