Hunting Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 8th February 2001.

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[Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 10:15 am, 8th February 2001

On a point of order, Mrs. Roe. Before we proceed to consideration of the amendments, may I seek your guidance? You and Mr. O'Hara will be aware that the Government indicated that they might be minded to accept amendment No. 58, which stands in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington). It would be helpful to know whether they have come to a definite decision and, if so, whether they could advise us accordingly at the start of proceedings.

Photo of Mrs Marion Roe Mrs Marion Roe Conservative, Broxbourne

I note the hon. Gentleman's remarks.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department

As I said when we were discussing amendment No. 58, the arguments advanced in favour of it held a great deal of merit. However, it is for the Committee to determine a view on it. If the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) puts the amendment to the Committee, it will be up to individual Members to make up their own minds on it.

Photo of Mrs Marion Roe Mrs Marion Roe Conservative, Broxbourne

I note what hon. Members have said and I shall call amendment No. 58 when we reach the appropriate point.

Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough

On a point of order, Mrs. Roe. In view of the important announcement that the Scottish Parliament will apparently allow foxhunting on licence in Scotland, have you received any notification from the Parliamentary Secretary that she wishes to make a statement on that major development?

Photo of Mrs Marion Roe Mrs Marion Roe Conservative, Broxbourne

That is not a point of order for me. I am sure that the Parliamentary Secretary heard what the hon. Gentleman said.

Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Attorney General

I seek clarification, Mrs. Roe. You said that, at the appropriate time, you would allow the Committee to reconsider amendment No. 58. When is that time likely to be?

Photo of Mrs Marion Roe Mrs Marion Roe Conservative, Broxbourne

When we reach that amendment according to the agreed order.

Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Labour/Co-operative, Cardiff South and Penarth

On a point of order, Mrs. Roe. Other members of the Committee may, like me, not have understood a word that the hon. and learned Member for Harborough (Mr. Garnier) said. What was the question to which you responded?

Photo of Mrs Marion Roe Mrs Marion Roe Conservative, Broxbourne

The hon. and learned Gentleman wanted to know when I would call amendment No. 58, because I have accepted that the Committee wishes it to be called. I said that I would call it when we reach that point according to the agreed order. Schedule 3 Hunting with Dogs: Supervision