Clause 33

Part of Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:15 pm on 25 April 2006.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down 6:15, 25 April 2006

Further to that point of order,Mr. Atkinson. It would be remiss of me not to pay tribute to your kind chairmanship this afternoon, and to that of your co-Chairman, Mr. David Taylor, this morning. I must single out for comment the Whip, the hon. Member for Gedling. He happens to be in the Government party, but as an Opposition Member, I note that he has been very kind to all members of the Committee and has been receptive to the odd text message from the hon. Member for North Down, asking him why I have not been notified of certain matters. He always tries to keep us very well informed, and I single him out for thanks.

I commend also Hansard and the other officials. I commend Hansard for its speed, because when asked in a note in a brown envelope to submit the Secretary of State’s quotation from September, I did so, and when,  within minutes, I needed it back, it had already gone. I commend Hansard staff for their efficiency and speed, and I look forward to reading what the hon. Member for East Antrim said in his long contribution on electricity. I am sure that I will understand it better on a second reading.