Public Bill Committees

Previously called Standing Committees, Public Bill Commitees study proposed legislation (Bills) in detail, debating each clause and reporting any amendments to the Commons for further debate.

There are at least 16 MPs on a Committee, and the proportion of parties reflects the House of Commons, so the government always has a majority.

  • Hunting Bill

    1st sitting · Wednesday, 8 January 2003 · 142 speeches

    [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

  • Hunting Bill

    2nd sitting · Thursday, 9 January 2003

    [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

    • Clause 8

      198 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 100, in clause 8, page 3, leave out lines 11 to 14 and insert— '(1) The test for registration in respect of proposed hunting is that its utility in preventing...

  • Hunting Bill

    3rd sitting · Thursday, 9 January 2003

    [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

    • Clause 8 - Tests for registration:

      146 speeches

      Amendment proposed [this day]: No. 100, in clause 8, page 3, leave out lines 11 to 14 and insert— '(1) The test for registration in respect of proposed hunting is that its utility in...

  • Hunting Bill

    4th sitting · Tuesday, 14 January 2003

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

    • Clause 8 - Tests for registration:

      173 speeches

      Amendment proposed [9 January]: No. 100, in clause 8, page 3, leave out lines 11 to 14 and insert— '(1) The test for registration in respect of proposed hunting is that its utility in...

  • Hunting Bill

    5th sitting · Tuesday, 14 January 2003

    [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

    • Clause 8 - Tests for registration:

      177 speeches

      Amendment proposed [this day]: No. 131, in clause 8, page 3, line 11, leave out 'hunting' and insert 'pest control'.—[Dr. Whitehead.] Question again proposed, That the amendment be made.

  • Hunting Bill

    6th sitting · Thursday, 16 January 2003

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

  • Hunting Bill

    7th sitting · Thursday, 16 January 2003

    [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

  • Hunting Bill

    8th sitting · Tuesday, 21 January 2003

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

    • Clause 8 - Tests for registration: utility and

      183 speeches

      Amendment proposed [16 January]: No. 185, in clause 8, page 3, line 16, after 'birds', insert 'or wild birds'.—[Alun Michael] Question again proposed, That the amendment be made.

  • Hunting Bill

    9th sitting · Tuesday, 21 January 2003

    • [Part I]

      0 speeches

      [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

  • Hunting Bill

    9th sitting · Tuesday, 21 January 2003

  • Hunting Bill

    10th sitting · Thursday, 23 January 2003 · 2 speeches

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

    • Clause 9 - The Registrar

      189 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 192, in clause 9, page 3, line 32, at beginning insert 'As regards England'.

  • Hunting Bill

    11th sitting · Thursday, 23 January 2003

    [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

    • Clause 9 - The registrar

      125 speeches

      Amendment moved [this day]: No. 304, in clause 9, page 3, line 32, after 'registrar'')', insert 'who is appropriately qualified in terms of subsection (1A) below'.—[Mr. Gray.]

    • Schedule 2 - The hunting tribunal

      33 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 211, in schedule 2, page 23, line 41, at end insert— '( ) he is free from bias on the issue of hunting with dogs.'.

  • Hunting Bill

    12th sitting · Tuesday, 28 January 2003

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

    • Schedule 2 - The Hunting Tribunal

      62 speeches

      Amendment proposed [23 January]: No. 211, in schedule 2, page 23, line 41, at end insert— '( ) he is free from bias on the issue of hunting with dogs.'.—[Mr. Gray] Question again...

    • Clause 11 - Prescribed animal welfare bodies

      83 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 209, in clause 11, page 4, line 14, leave out from 'regulations' to end of line 15 and insert 'form an animal welfare standing committee comprised of members...

  • Hunting Bill

    13th sitting · Tuesday, 28 January 2003

    • [Part I]

      0 speeches

      [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

  • Hunting Bill

    13th sitting · Tuesday, 28 January 2003

    • Clause 17 - Determination by registrar

      18 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 246, in clause 17, page 7, line 3, after 'satisfied', insert 'beyond a reasonable doubt by the applicant or applicants'.

  • Hunting Bill

    14th sitting · Thursday, 30 January 2003

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

    • Clause 17 - Determination by Registrar

      52 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 324, in clause 17, page 7, line 12, at end insert— '( ) conviction for an offence under the Protection of Animals (Scotland) Act 1912 (c.14), ( ) conviction...

    • Clause 18 - Appeal to tribunal

      12 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 332, in clause 18, page 7, line 34, after '14', insert ', or grants it in reliance on section 17(5),'.

    • Clause 19 - Determination by Tribunal

      0 speeches

      Amendment made: No. 243, in clause 19, page 8, line 7, leave out from 'may' to end of line 8.—[Mr. Marris.] Clause 19, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill. Clause 20 ordered...

    • Clause 22 - Content of the register

      26 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 232, in clause 22, page 8, line 40, leave out 'and' and insert— '(dd) in the case of a group registration, the name and address of every person for the time...

    • Clause 23 - Inspection of the register

      35 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 233, in clause 23, page 9, line 11, after 'inspection', insert '(otherwise than by a person mentioned in subsection (2A))'.

    • Clause 24 - Standard duration of registration

      49 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 271, in clause 24, page 9, line 18, leave out from 'effect' to 'as' in line 20 and insert— '(a) unless and until such time as the licensee may be shown to the...

  • Hunting Bill

    15th sitting · Thursday, 30 January 2003

    [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

    • Clause 24 - Standard duration of registration

      42 speeches

      Amendment proposed [this day]: No. 271, in clause 24, page 9, line 18, leave out from 'effect' to 'as' in line 20 and insert— '(a) unless and until such time as the licensee may be shown...

    • Clause 25 - Renewal of registration

      0 speeches

      Amendment made: No. 334, in clause 25, page 9, line 27, after 'specified', insert— '(i) by the registrar or Tribunal on granting the application for renewal, or (ii) where no period...

    • Clause 29 - Amendment of Automatic conditions

      5 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 221, in clause 29, page 11, leave out lines 23 and 24. In the absence of my hon. Friend the Member for Alyn and Deeside (Mark Tami), I am pleased to speak to the...

  • Hunting Bill

    16th sitting · Tuesday, 4 February 2003

  • Hunting Bill

    17th sitting · Tuesday, 4 February 2003

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

    • Clause 2 - Registered hunting

      27 speeches

      On a point of order, Mr. Stevenson. I was absent from the Committee last week, attending the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. My attention has been drawn to references to me made...

    • Clause 3 - Exempt hunting

      6 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No.4, in clause 3, page 2, leave out lines 15 and 16. This will be a brief discussion about the negative and affirmative resolution procedures. I am moving the amendment...

    • Schedule 1 - Exempt hunting

      110 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 335, in schedule 1, page 21, line 5, leave out 'wild mammal' and insert 'deer'.

  • Hunting Bill

    17th sitting · Tuesday, 4 February 2003

    • [Part II]

      95 speeches

      [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

  • Hunting Bill

    18th sitting · Thursday, 6 February 2003 · 15 speeches

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

    • Schedule 1 - Exempt Hunting

      127 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 212, in schedule 1, page 21, line 39, at end insert— 'Mink (1A) The hunting of mink is exempt if it takes place on land— (a) which belongs to the...

  • Hunting Bill

    19th sitting · Thursday, 6 February 2003

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

    • Schedule 1 - Exempt Hunting

      167 speeches

      Amendment proposed [this day]: No. 73, in schedule 1, page 22, line 1, leave out paragraphs 2 and 3.—[Mr. Gray.] Question again proposed, That the amendment be made.

  • Hunting Bill

    20th sitting · Tuesday, 11 February 2003 · 4 speeches

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

    • Clause 4 - HUNTING: ASSISTANCE

      51 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 5, in clause 4, page 2, line 18, leave out 'knowingly' and insert 'expressly'. The amendment may sound a little on the dry side to Labour Members but Opposition...

    • Clause 5 - Hunting: defence

      21 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 262, in clause 5, page 2, line 24, leave out '1' and insert '4'. I shall be brief, because many of the points that I wish to make under this amendment have been...

    • Clause 6 - Deer

      44 speeches

      Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

  • Hunting Bill

    21st sitting · Tuesday, 11 February 2003

    [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

    • Clause 6 - Deer

      161 speeches

      Question proposed [this day], That the clause stand part of the Bill. Question again proposed.

  • Hunting Bill

    21st sitting · Tuesday, 11 February 2003

    • [Part II]

      124 speeches

      [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

  • Hunting Bill

    22nd sitting · Thursday, 13 February 2003

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

  • Hunting Bill

    23rd sitting · Thursday, 13 February 2003

    [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

    • Clause 7 - Hare Coursing

      150 speeches

      Question proposed [this day], That the clause stand part of the Bill. Question again proposed.

    • New clause 10 - Hares

      2 speeches

      No. NC10, to move the following Clause:— 'Registration under Part 2 shall not be effected in respect of the hunting of hares.'.—[Mr. Michael Foster.] Brought up, and read the First...

  • Hunting Bill

    24th sitting · Tuesday, 25 February 2003

    [Mr. George Stevenson in the Chair]

    • New clause 11 - Use of dogs below ground

      140 speeches

      'Registration under Part 2 shall not be effected in respect of any hunting that involves the use of a dog below ground.'. Brought up, and read the First time.

  • Hunting Bill

    25th sitting · Tuesday, 25 February 2003

    [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

    • New clause 11 - Use of dogs below ground

      40 speeches

      'Registration under Part 2 shall not be effected in respect of any hunting that involves the use of a dog below ground.'.—[Mr. Michael Foster.] Brought up, and read the First time. ...

    • Clause 40 - Arrest

      15 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 41, in clause 40, page 15, line 30, at end insert 'or'.

    • Clause 42 - Forfeiture

      21 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 291, in clause 42, page 16, line 33, at end insert— '(4A) A forfeiture order must, in the case of a dog, make specific provision for its care and well being.'.

    • Clause 45 - Interpretation

      61 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 359, in clause 45, page 18, line 4, leave out 'includes, in particular' and insert 'is'.

  • Hunting Bill

    26th sitting · Thursday, 27 February 2003

    [Mr George Stevenson in the Chair]

    • Clause 45 - Interpretation

      54 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 361, in clause 45, page 18, leave out line 16. During an exchange with the Minister before the Committee, I was trying to think of an analogy for this situation....

    • Schedule 3 - Consequential Amendments

      25 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 61, in schedule 3, page 26, leave out lines 28 to 30. We now come to a more substantial part of this morning's business, which deals with an error in the...

    • Clause 50 - Commencement

      8 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 356, in clause 50, page 19, line 23, leave out 'section 6' and insert 'sections 6 and 7'.

  • Hunting Bill

    27th sitting · Thursday, 27 February 2003

    [Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

    • Clause 51 - Transitional arrangements

      42 speeches

      Amendment proposed [this day]: No. 45, in clause 51, page 19, line 33, leave out 'three' and insert 'twelve'—[Mr. Barker.] Question again proposed, That the amendment be made.

    • New clause 4 - Compensation

      48 speeches

      'Compensation shall be paid to all of those whose livelihoods will be affected by— (a) the failure of an applicant to become a registered hunt, at a level and in a manner to be decided by...

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Committee membership and attendance (out of 31)

Chairpersons

  • Mrs Marion Roe (12)
  • Mr George Stevenson (14)

Members

  • Nick Ainger (26)
  • Ms Candy Atherton (26)
  • Lord Stratford (19)
  • Mr Peter Bradley (26)
  • Russell Brown (24)
  • Ian Cawsey (23)
  • Michael Foster (26)
  • Edward Garnier (19)
  • Andrew George (24)
  • James Gray (26)
  • Lord Deben (19)
  • Mike Hall (26)
  • Peter Luff (26)
  • Judy Mallaber (23)
  • Eric Martlew (25)
  • Alun Michael (26)
  • Elliot Morley (10)
  • Lembit Öpik (24)
  • Mrs Diana Organ (20)
  • Mr Colin Pickthall (25)
  • Andy Reed (25)
  • Nicholas Soames (17)
  • Paddy Tipping (20)
  • Alan Whitehead (26)
  • Lord Barker of Battle (26)
  • Mr Adrian Flook (24)
  • Paul Holmes (23)
  • Rob Marris (26)
  • Albert Owen (22)
  • Hugo Swire (22)
  • Mark Tami (22)
  • Hywel Williams (18)

[ Committee memberships can change partway through ]