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Before we begin our line-by-line consideration of the Bill, a brief explanation might be useful to those relatively new to Public Bill Committees. The selection list for today’s sittings is available in the room for Members and shows how the amendments selected for debate have been brought together. Amendments grouped together are generally on the same or a similar issue. The Member whose name has been put to the leading amendment in a group is called first. Other Members are then free to catch my eye to speak on the amendments. A Member may speak more than once in a single debate. At the end of a debate on a group of amendments, I will call the Member who moved the lead amendment again. Before sitting down, that Member will need to indicate whether the amendment is to be withdrawn or a decision sought. If any Members wish to press to a vote any other amendment in a group, they need to let me know. I shall work on the assumption that the Government wish the Committee to reach a decision on all Government amendments.
Please note that decisions on amendments do not take place in the order that they are debated but in the order in which they appear on the amendment paper. I shall use my discretion to decide whether to allow a separate stand part debate on individual clauses and schedules following the debates on the relevant amendments. I hope that is helpful. We now begin our line-by-line consideration of the Bill.