On a point of order, Mr. Atkinson. I appreciate that the nature of the Bill means that there is no formal programme motion debate, and I seek your guidance on how we might address a particular issue. As you are aware, the Bill has had some high-profile attention as a result of news stories in the press. Will I be able to ask the Minister for Local Government whether he has been approached by Members of the other place about the matters before us?
Order. I must stop the hon. Gentleman. The Programming Sub-Committee has set a timetable for this Committee. The matter that he raises has absolutely nothing to do with the contents of the Bill.
Further to that point of order, Mr. Atkinson. I do not wish to criticise the Chair or answer back, but my point is relevant. The Governmentlike any Governmentare well aware that they can get their business through the Commons without any great difficulty. Therefore, we go through the whole process that we have seen in the Commons. The concern is that in the Lords, where there is no majorityat least as the Lords is currently constitutedamendments can be tabled that have a lot more sway than is, perhaps, the case here. That is the reason why I wish to put the issue on the record.