Before we begin, I have a few preliminary announcements. Please switch electronic devices to silent. Tea and coffee are not allowed during sittings of the Committee. The notice period for amendments is three working days. Starred amendments—those that have been tabled with inadequate notice—will not normally be called. The deadline for amendments to be considered on Tuesday 6 January will be 4.30 pm on Tuesday 30 December. The Public Bill Office will be open on that day.
The selection list for today’s sittings is available in the room and shows how the amendments selected for debate have been grouped. If a Member wishes to press a non-lead amendment in a group to a vote, they need to let me know. I will work on the assumption that the Government wish the Committee to reach a decision on all Government amendments. I will 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 this will be helpful to hon. and right hon. Members.
(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 16 December) meet—
(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 16 December;
(b) at 11.30 am on Thursday 18 December;
(c) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 6 January;
(d) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 8 January;
(e) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 13 January;
(f) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 15 January;
(2) the proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Clause 1; Schedule 1; Clauses 2 and 3; Schedule 2; Clauses 4 to 13; Schedule 3; Clauses 14 to 29; Schedule 4; Clauses 30 to 33; Schedule 5; Clauses 34 to 37; Schedule 6; Clauses 38 to 45; new Clauses; new Schedules; Clauses 46 to 49; 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 Thursday 15 January.—(Mr Hayes.)