Before we resume consideration, I would like to remind everybody present in the strongest possible terms that civil servants and members of the public seated in the Public Gallery must remain silent while the Committee is sitting. If they do not remain silent, I shall have to direct that they be removed. I strongly deprecate the events of this morning, when I understand that voices were heard from the Public Gallery while I was collecting the voices on the question that clause 71 stand part of the Bill. Such misconduct by members of the public is disorderly.
On a point of order, Mr. Bayley. I am grateful for that ruling, which relates to my point of order and which I anticipated to some degree. I would like to add, however—and I seek your guidance on this—that a member of this Committee was apparently engaged in dialogue with someone in the Public Gallery during that sitting, which I would guess is as reprehensible as a member of the Public Gallery intervening in our affairs.
As I was sitting at this end of the room when the voice from the gallery was heard this morning, I did not personally hear it and neither did the Clerk, who was sitting at this Table. I understand, however, from two hon. Members—one from each side—that this event did happen, which is why I made my statement to the Committee. Had I heard it myself in the middle of the morning session, I would have made a similar statement then. I obviously cannot comment on what I have not heard, but the Committee will have heard what the hon. Gentleman said.
We should make progress now.