– in a Public Bill Committee on 3rd February 2009.

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[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair]

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield 10:30 am, 3rd February 2009

From the Chair, I welcome all those Members who are in the House of Commons. I congratulate those who have come some distance—there are one or two here, including myself—and have managed to cope with the severe weather, particularly on Sunday evening.

Today, we begin the meat of a Public Bill Committee, going through the Bill clause by clause, line by line and, almost, word by word. We start with clause 1, properly and inevitably.