Grocery Market Ombudsman Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 30th March 2010.

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[Mr. Edward O'Hara in the Chair

Photo of Albert Owen Albert Owen Member, Welsh Affairs Committee 4:00 pm, 30th March 2010

  I beg to move, 

That, if proceedings on the Grocery Market Ombudsman Bill are not completed at this day’s sitting, the Committee do meet on Tuesdays when the House is sitting at four o’clock. 

It is a pleasure, Mr. O’Hara, to serve under your chairmanship. I will not detain the Committee too long on the procedural motion, but I wish to thank the Clerk and the Public Bill Office for their professionalism and patience in guiding me through each stage of this private Member’s Bill. The motion is purely to safeguard the passage of the Bill through Committee; I am following advice in placing this motion before the Committee. The Bill has broad support and received a comprehensive debate on Second Reading, as did the money and the Ways and Means resolutions. The timetabling of business in the House for the rest of the Session is, to say the least, ad hoc, so I tabled the motion as a safety net to ensure that the Bill completes its passage through Committee. 

Question put and agreed to. 

Before we begin consideration of the Bill, I have a number of preliminary announcements. Some hon. Members have already done so, but if others wish to remove their jackets, that is perfectly in order, except for the Chair. Would hon. Members ensure that all mobile phones and so on are switched to silent mode in Committee proceedings? There are no amendments to the Bill, so we will move straight to a clause stand part debate on each clause, should members of the Committee wish to debate the clauses one by one. I remind members of the Committee that there are money and Ways and Means resolutions in connection with the Bill. Copies are available in the Table Room.