Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords]

– in the House of Commons at 2:55 pm on 17th June 2020.

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Considered in Committee

[Dame Eleanor Laing in the Chair]

Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means 2:58 pm, 17th June 2020

I should explain that in these exceptional circumstances, although the Chair of the Committee would normally sit in the Clerk’s Chair during the Committee stage, in order to comply with social distancing requirements I will remain in the Speaker’s Chair although I will be carrying out the role not of Deputy Speaker but of Chairman of the Committee. If Members obey the rules to the letter, the occupant of the Chair at this time should be addressed not as Deputy Speaker but as Chairman of the Committee. Just before we commence, I should inform the Committee that there has been a production error on the amendment paper. The names of Bob Blackman and Nick Fletcher should not have been published in support of new clause 4 and new clause 5.