Local Transport Bill [ Lords ]

– in a Public Bill Committee at on 8 May 2008.

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[Ann Winterton in the Chair]

Motion made, and Question proposed,

That the order of the Committee [22nd April 2008] be amended as follows:

In paragraph (3), for “4.00 p.m.”, substitute “6.00 p.m.”.— [Ms Rosie Winterton.]

Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

I rise to place on record my dissatisfaction with this flawed procedure. It seems to me that it would be far more appropriate if the Committee were the master of its own destiny and if, instead of extending the time limit this afternoon, we could choose to sit for an extra day on Tuesday. I am sure that that would be far more convenient to many members of the Committee, who may have evening engagements back in their constituencies, particularly as the one thing that was certain from the outset was that we would finish at 4 o’clock today. Yet as I understand the position, the Committee has no power to decide to sit next week, because of a resolution of the House. It is unfortunate that the Government have placed us in this position.

Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton

It might help if I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is signifying objection to the motion or merely commenting on it. Perhaps he might indicate that before we go further.

Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

I was commenting on the flawed procedure. If I am forced to decide whether we have totally inadequate time by finishing at 4 o’clock or reasonably inadequate time by going on until 6 o’clock, I will choose the latter.

Question put and agreed to.