Civil Defence (Grant) Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 11th December 2001.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office) 10:30 am, 11th December 2001

I beg to move,

That, during proceedings on the Civil Defence (Grant) Bill, the Committee do meet on Tuesdays at half-past Ten o'clock and at half-past Four o'clock and on Thursdays at Five Minutes to Ten o'clock and at half-past Two o'clock.

The sittings motion is relatively short and self-explanatory, and should allow ample time for us to discuss the fairly short and limited provisions in the Bill. This is my first Standing Committee as a Minister, and I apologise in advance for any slight slips that may occur under your distinguished chairmanship, Mr. Griffiths. I am glad that the Committee consists of long-standing and distinguished Members, too, who will no doubt be extremely well informed and articulate at all times.

The Bill is small, and I do not propose to detain the Committee further. I hope that the motion will be approved.