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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome. First of all, I give a particular welcome to hon. Members who have not sat on a Public Bill Committee before and to anyone who has not sat in on an evidence session before, because not every Bill has a session such as this. If you have any queries, please ask. We may not know the answers, but we will do our best.
I have a few housekeeping announcements to make. Members may, as long as I am in the Chair—either here or when we come to clause-by-clause consideration—take their jackets off if they wish. I and my fellow Chair will not be calling starred amendments that have not been tabled with adequate notice. Required notice in Public Bill Committee is three working days, so amendments should be tabled by the rise of the House on Monday for consideration on Thursday, and by the rise of the House on Thursday for consideration on Tuesday.
For those who need reminding—that includes me—or who are not used to Public Bill Committees, it might help if I explain how we proceed. First, we will consider the programme motion, which was considered by the Programming Sub-Committee last night. That may or may not prove to be a formality, but half an hour is available for debate if anybody wishes to discuss the programme motion. Assuming that that is carried, we will move to two motions—they are the wrong way round on the amendment paper, but that does not affect the proceedings—to deliberate in private and to publish written evidence. Once we have dealt with all that, we will go into private session, and members of the public will be asked to leave briefly while we discuss precisely how you wish to approach the lines of questioning. After that, we will go into questioning. I hope that that is all fairly straightforward.