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Growth and Infrastructure Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 13th November 2012.

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[Mr George Howarth in the Chair]

Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley 8:55 am, 13th November 2012

It may be helpful before we commence proceedings if I make a few preliminary announcements. Members may, if they wish, take off their jackets during the meetings. It is no problem for me. Could we make sure that all electronic devices are turned off or switched to silent mode during Committee meetings? I would like to tell Members that my fellow Chair and I do not intend to call starred amendments that have not been tabled with adequate notice. The required notice period in Public Bill Committees is three working days. Therefore, amendments should have been tabled by rise of the House on Monday for consideration on Thursday, and by rise of the House on Thursday for consideration on the following Tuesday.

I suspect that not everybody is familiar with the process of taking oral evidence in Public Bill Committees, so it might help if I briefly explain how we will proceed. The Committee will first be asked to consider the programme motion on the amendment paper, for which debate is limited, if required, to half an hour. We will then proceed to a motion to report written evidence, and then a motion to permit the Committee to deliberate in private in advance of the oral evidence sessions, which I hope we can take formally. Assuming that the second of those motions is agreed to, the Committee will then move into private session. Once the Committee has deliberated, the witnesses and members of the public will be invited back into the room, and our oral evidence will begin. If the Committee agrees to the programme motion, it will hear oral evidence this morning.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

I beg to move,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 8.55 am on Tuesday 13 November) meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 13 November;

(b) at 8.55 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 20 November;

(c) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 22 November;

(d) at 8.55 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 27 November;

(e) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 29 November;

(f) at 8.55 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 4 December;

(g) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 6 December;

(2) the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following table:

TABLE

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 13 November

Until no later than 10.00 am

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Department for Communities and Local Government; Department for Energy and Climate Change

Tuesday 13 November

Until no later than 10.30 am

Local Government Association; Association of Convenience Stores

Tuesday 13 November

Until no later than 11.25 am

Institute of Directors; Confederation of British Industry; British Chambers of Commerce

Tuesday 13 November

Until no later than 3.00 pm

Country Land and Business Association; British Property Federation; British Council of Shopping Centres

Tuesday 13 November

Until no later than 4.00 pm

Chartered Institute of Housing; Home Builders Federation; National Housing Federation

Tuesday 13 November

Until no later than 5.00 pm

Royal Institute of British Architects; Shelter

Tuesday 20 November

Until no later than 9.30 am

Adrian Penfold (author of the Penfold Review of non-planning consents)

Tuesday 20 November

Until no later than 10.30 am

Royal Town Planning Institute; Town and Country Planning Association; Planning Officers Society

Tuesday 20 November

Until no later than 11.25 am

National Infrastructure Planning Association; Energy UK; Broadband Stakeholder Group

Tuesday 20 November

Until no later than 3.00 pm

Taylor Wessing LLP; Working Families; Trades Union Congress; Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Tuesday 20 November

Until no later than 4.00 pm

English National Park Authorities Association; Campaign to Protect Rural England; RSPB; RenewableUK

Tuesday 20 November

Until no later than 5.00 pm

National Trust; Friends of the Earth; Campaign for National Parks

(3) proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the following order: Clause 1; Schedule 1; Clauses 2 to 5; Schedule 2; Clauses 6 to 8; Schedule 3; Clauses 9 to 13; Schedule 4; Clauses 14 to 28; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

(4) the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Thursday 6 December.

May I, on behalf of the Committee, welcome you to the Chair, Mr Howarth. It is a sign of the importance of the Bill that you have been assigned to chair it, and we look forward to deliberating under your chairmanship and that of my hon. Friend the Member for Shipley.

The Programming Sub-Committee met last Thursday and agreed the dates and times upon which the Committee will meet, and the witnesses who should appear before us during the first four sessions. Those details are set out on the amendment paper. Unfortunately, the Institute of Directors, who we had hoped would attend the sitting this morning, are now unable to send a representative, but will submit written evidence. The final panel this morning will therefore hear evidence from the Confederation of British Industry and the British Chambers of Commerce.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.—(Michael Fallon.)

Written evidence to be reported to the House

GIB 01 Maidstone Borough Council Liberal Democrat Group

GIB 02 Councillor David Trenbath

GIB 03 Peter Phillips

GIB 04 National Organisation of Residents Associations

GIB 05 Town and Country Planning Association

GIB 06 Ofgem

GIB 07 CPRE

GIB 08 RICS

GIB 09 Lorraine Barter

GIB 10 Energy Networks Association

GIB 11 Hastoe Housing Association

Resolved,

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.—(Michael Fallon.)

The Committee deliberated in private.