Growth and Infrastructure Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 8:55 am on 13 November 2012.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley 8:55, 13 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.