Good morning. It is a very hot day, so Members may remove their jackets if they wish. Members of the public in the Gallery may do so as well.
Before we begin, some brief explanation may be useful to those who are relatively new to Public Bill Committees. The Committee will first be asked to consider the programme motion on the amendment paper; debate on that motion is limited to half an hour. We will then consider a motion to report written evidence. Then we will begin line-by-line consideration of the Bill. The selection list for today’s sitting is available in this room; it shows how the amendments selected for debate have been grouped together for discussion. Amendments grouped together are generally on the same issue, or on similar issues. The Member who has put their name to the leading amendment in a group is called to speak on it first. Other Members are then free to catch my eye to speak on the amendments in the group. A Member may speak more than once in a debate.
At the end of a debate on a group of amendments, I will call the Member who moved the leading amendment again. Before they sit down, they will need to indicate whether they wish to seek to withdraw the amendment or to seek a decision. If any Member wishes to press any other amendment in a group to a vote, they need to let me know. Please note that decisions on amendments take place according not to the order in which amendments are debated, but to the order in which they appear on the amendment paper; that is just to keep us all on our toes. I will use my discretion in deciding whether to allow a separate stand part debate on individual clauses and schedules following debates on amendments to those clauses and schedules. Clause stand part debates begin with the Chair proposing the question. There is no need for anyone to move that a clause stand part of the Bill. I hope that explanation is helpful.
(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 8.55 am on Tuesday 16 July) meet at 2.00 pm on that date.
(2) the proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 10 to 21; the Schedule; Clauses 22 to 29; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;
(3) the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 16 July. —(Mike Penning.)