It is conventional, Mr. Hood, to welcome you to the Chair of the Committee, which I hope I will not detain us too long. As I think everyone knows, this is my seventh year with the Bill. It has had five Second Readings so far. This is the third time it has been in Committee and it has had two Report stages, so it has probably had more scrutiny than any other Bill in the history of Parliament, except perhaps for the Slavery Trade Abolition Bill.
Clause 1 is one of the operative parts of the Bill. I will not go on about its details other than to say that its purpose is to remove the existing restrictions placed on the employment of non-UK nationals in civil capacities under the Crown, while reserving certain key posts that should be kept for UK nationals.