Proceeds of Crime Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee at on 15 November 2001.

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[Mr. Bill O'Brien in the Chair]

Photo of David Tredinnick David Tredinnick Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) 8:55, 15 November 2001

On a point of order, Mr. O'Brien. I seek your guidance because, at the start of our proceedings on Tuesday, your colleague, Mr. McWilliam, advised us that it was customary to seek the Chair's permission to remove jackets. I have served on previous Standing Committees in which matters were different and I wondered whether, before even thinking about removing our jackets, we should ask your permission. So that I do not transgress, unlike my Liberal Democrat colleague, the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker)--I do not want to cause him any embarrassment at the start of our proceedings--would it be in order for us to remove our jackets this morning? I should be grateful for your guidance.

Photo of Mr Bill O'Brien Mr Bill O'Brien Labour, Normanton

It is customary to seek the leave of the Chair and I have no objection if any hon. Members want to remove their jackets during our proceedings.

Photo of David Wilshire David Wilshire Conservative, Spelthorne

Further to that point of order, Mr. O'Brien. As I do not like to waste time, will you tell us whether that permission covers only this sitting while you are chairing it, or all the sittings that you chair?

Photo of Mr Bill O'Brien Mr Bill O'Brien Labour, Normanton

I cannot speak for my colleagues who may be in the Chair, but while I am in the Chair this morning, hon. Members are free to remove their jackets. It is for my colleagues to make their decision when they are in the Chair. Clause 6 Making of order