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Equality Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:39 am on 9th June 2009.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office 10:39 am, 9th June 2009

I beg to move,

That the Order of the Committee of 2 June be amended by making the following amendments to the Table in paragraph (2)—

(a) in the first entry for Tuesday 9 June, in the third column, at the end insert—

‘Muslim Women's Network

Board of Deputies of British Jews’;

(b) in the second entry for Tuesday 9 June, in the second column, leave out ‘12.30 pm’ and insert ‘1.00 pm’;

(c) in the third entry for Tuesday 9 June, in the second column, leave out ‘6.00 pm’ and insert ‘5.00 pm’.

To put it straightforwardly, the motion amounts to adding two witnesses to this morning’s sitting—the Muslim Women’s Network and the Board of Deputies of British Jews—and extending the sitting beyond 12.30 pm, when it was to end, to 1 o’clock. That will give a little extra time for the second panel of witnesses. The third provision shortens the afternoon sitting—the Committee’s opportunity to question Ministers—by an hour, reducing the time from 4 o’clock to 5 o’clock, instead of 4 o’clock to 6 o’clock. I hope that that will be agreed by the Committee.