Before we begin, I shall make a few housekeeping announcements. Please switch electronic devices to silent. For my benefit, tea and coffee are not allowed during sittings.
The Committee will first be asked to consider the programme motion on the amendment paper. Debate is limited to a maximum of half an hour. We will then consider a motion to permit the Committee to deliberate in private in advance of oral evidence sessions and a motion to report written evidence.
In view of the time available, I hope that we may take those matters formally. Assuming agreement, we will move into private session to agree questions. Witnesses and members of the public will then be invited back into the room and our oral evidence will begin—so, ladies and gentlemen, do not make yourselves too comfortable, because you will be thrown out in a minute or so.