Childcare Payments Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 14th October 2014.

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[Jim Sheridan in the Chair]

Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Labour, Paisley and Renfrewshire North 9:25 am, 14th October 2014

Just before we kick off, I will make some housekeeping announcements. First, apologies for the cramped conditions in this room, but I am reliably informed that a number of Public Bill Committees are going on today, so rooms are at a premium. May I also ask that any electrical devices are either turned off or put on silent? Teas, coffees and so on are not allowed in the room during Committee sittings. The notice period for amendments is three working days. Amendments tabled with inadequate notice will not normally be selected.

The Committee will first consider the programme motion on the amendment paper and the amendment that has been tabled to it. It will then consider a motion to permit the Committee to deliberate in private and then a motion to report written evidence. Then, assuming that the first of those three motions has been agreed to, the Committee will move into private session. Once it has deliberated, the witnesses and members of the public will be invited back into the room and the oral evidence session will begin.

I call the Minister to move the programme motion. May I suggest that she and other Members make any points relating to the programme motion or the amendment now? I will call the Minister to move the amendment formally after that.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Exchequer Secretary

I beg to move,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 14 October) meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 14 October;

(b) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 16 October;

(c) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 21 October;

(d) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 23 October;

(e) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 28 October;

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

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 10.30 am

National Day Nurseries

Association; British Association for Professional Nannies

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 11.00 am

National Savings and

Investments

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 2.30 pm

Childcare Voucher Providers

Association

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 3.15 pm

4Children; Working Families;

Mumsnet

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 4.00 pm

Citizens Advice; Low Incomes

Tax Reform Group of the

Chartered Institute of Taxation;

Family Childcare Trust

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 4.45 pm

Children’s Society; Child

Poverty Action Group

Thursday 16 October

Until no later than 12.30 pm

Women’s Business Council;

Chartered Institute of Payroll

Professionals; Chartered

Institute of Personnel and

Development

Thursday 16 October

Until no later than 1.00 pm

Dr Kitty Stewart, London

School of Economics and

Political Science

Thursday 16 October

Until no later than 2.30 pm

Institute for Public Policy

Research; Resolution

Foundation

Thursday 16 October

Until no later than 3.15 pm

Her Majesty’s Treasury; Her

Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

(3) the proceedings on the Bill shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 28 October.

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sheridan. A straightforward amendment has been tabled to the programme motion. Since the Programming Sub-Committee agreed the resolution in September, a representative from the Women’s Business Council, who was due to give evidence on Thursday, is no longer able to do so. The amendment therefore removes the council from the table of witnesses.

With your leave, Mr Sheridan, I will also mention briefly that I intend to table amendments to the draft secondary legislation made under the Bill. These have been prompted by concerns raised by some of the witnesses who will be called during the first two days of the Committee. I will say more about them when I am called to give evidence on Thursday, but in the meantime I will write to members of the Committee to provide greater detail on what they are intended to achieve.

Amendment made: in the table, in the third column, leave out “Women’s Business Council;”.—(Priti Patel.)

Main Question, as amended, put and agreed to.

Ordered,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 14 October) meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 14 October;

(b) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 16 October;

(c) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 21 October;

(d) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 23 October;

(e) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 28 October;

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

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 10.30 am

National Day Nurseries

Association; British Association

for Professional Nannies

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 11.00 am

National Savings and

Investments

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 2.30 pm

Childcare Voucher Providers

Association

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 3.15 pm

4Children; Working Families;

Mumsnet

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 4.00 pm

Citizens Advice; Low Incomes

Tax Reform Group of the

Chartered Institute of Taxation;

Family Childcare Trust

Tuesday 14 October

Until no later than 4.45 pm

Children’s Society; Child

Poverty Action Group

Thursday 16 October

Until no later than 12.30 pm

Chartered Institute of Payroll

Professionals; Chartered

Institute of Personnel and

Development

Thursday 16 October

Until no later than 1.00 pm

Dr Kitty Stewart, London

School of Economics and

Political Science

Thursday 16 October

Until no later than 2.30 pm

Institute for Public Policy

Research; Resolution

Foundation

Thursday 16 October

Until no later than 3.15 pm

Her Majesty’s Treasury; Her

Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

(3) the proceedings on the Bill shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 28 October.

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.—(Priti Patel.)

Resolved,

That, subject to the discretion of the Chairman, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.—(Priti Patel.)

The Committee deliberated in private.