Taxation of Pensions Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 18th November 2014.

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[Nadine Dorries in the Chair]

Photo of Gavin Barwell Gavin Barwell The Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury 9:25 am, 18th November 2014

On a point of order, Ms Dorries. As you know, the Minister was at ECOFIN until the early hours of this morning and is currently returning to Westminster. Following consultation with Opposition Front-Benchers, I therefore ask that the Committee be suspended until 10 am.

Sitting suspended.

On resuming—

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire

We now begin line-by-line consideration of the Bill. Before we begin, I repeat that Members may, if they wish, remove their jackets during Committee sittings, but would everyone please ensure that all electronic devices—mobile phones and so on—are switched to silent? Today’s selection list is available in the room. It shows how the selected amendments have been grouped together for debate. Amendments grouped together are generally on the same or a similar issue. A Member who has put their name to the leading amendment in a group is called first. Other Members are then free to catch my eye to speak on all of the amendments in the group. A Member may speak more than once in a single debate.

I will work on the assumption that the Minister wishes the Committee to reach a decision on all Government amendments. Please note that decisions on amendments do not take place in the order in which they are debated, but in the order in which they appear on the amendment paper. In other words, debate occurs according to the groupings on the selection list and decisions are taken when we come to the relevant clause. I hope that that explanation is helpful. 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 related amendments.