Trade Union Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee at on 13 October 2015.

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[Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair]

Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 9:25, 13 October 2015

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I have a few preliminary points. Welcome to this Bill Committee. Today, we will consider the programme motion on the amendment paper. We will then consider a motion to allow us to deliberate in private about our questions before the oral evidence sessions. We will then have a motion to enable the reporting of written evidence for publication. Please turn off your mobile phones. Banned substances such as tea and coffee are not allowed. I am sure that, in view of the time available, we can take these early motions without debate. As we are now sitting in a public session, it might be a good point for anyone who wishes to make a declaration of interest to do so now.

Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Scottish National Party, Glasgow South West

I declare my membership of Unison and my trade union activity over the past 20 years as a trade union activist prior to my election.

Photo of Lisa Cameron Lisa Cameron Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Climate Justice)

I declare my membership of Unite the union and my trade union membership and representation as a senior rep over the past 14 years.

Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Labour, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

I am a former Community trade union officer, current Community trade union member and chair of the Community parliamentary group.

Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

I am a member of the GMB and a former trade union official.

Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

Prior to the election in May, I was a director and partner of Thompsons Solicitors LLP, which is giving evidence to the Committee. I am also the partner of the chief executive of Thompsons, who is giving evidence to the Committee. Clients of my former firm included the Royal College of Midwives, GMB, Unison and Unite, which are giving evidence to the Committee. Finally, I am a member of GMB and of Unison.

Photo of Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

I am a member of the GMB union, and I draw attention to my declaration on the register of interests.

Ordered,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25am on Tuesday 13 October) meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 13 October;

(b) at 11.30am and 2.00pm on Thursday 15 October;

(c) at 9.25am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 20 October;

(d) at 11.30am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 22 October;

(e) at 9.25am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 27 October;

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

TABLE

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 13 October

Until no later than 10.15 am

Confederation of British Industry; British Chamber of Commerce; Arriva

Tuesday 13 October

Until no later than

10.45 am

Community; Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers

Tuesday 13 October

Until no later than 11.15 am

Thompsons Solicitors; Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Tuesday 13 October

Until no later than 2.30 pm

2020 Health

Tuesday 13 October

Until no later than 3.15 pm

London Travel Watch; Transport Focus

Tuesday 13 October

Until no later than 3.45 pm

Amnesty; Liberty; Blacklist Support Group

Tuesday 13 October

Until no later than 4.15 pm

TaxPayers’ Alliance; Abellio

Tuesday 13 October

Until no later than 5.00 pm

Welsh Government; Scottish Government; Scottish Trade Union Congress

Thursday 15 October

Until no later than 12 noon

National Police Chiefs’ Council; Police Federation

Thursday 15 October

Until no later than 12.30 pm

SITA UK; London Fire Brigade

Thursday 15 October

Until no later than 1.00 pm

Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison

Thursday 15 October

Until no later than 2.30 pm

Professor Keith Ewing, Professor of Public Law, King’s College London

Thursday 15 October

Until no later than 3.00 pm

Royal College of Nursing; Royal College of Midwives; Public and Commercial Services Union; Fire Brigades Union

Thursday 15 October

Until no later than 4.15 pm

Unite; Unison; GMB; Trade Union Congress

Thursday 15 October

Until no later than 5.00 pm

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Cabinet Office

(3) proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 14; Schedules 1 and 2; Clauses 15 and 16; Schedule 3; Clauses 17 and 18; Schedule 4; Clauses 19 to 22; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

(4) the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 27 October. —(Nick Boles.)

Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough

On the basis of the motion, the deadline for amendments to be considered at the first line-by-line sittings of the Committee on 20 October is Thursday 15 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.—(Nick Boles.)

Resolved,

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.—(Nick Boles.)

Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough

Copies of written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room. We will now go briefly into a private session—I apologise to the people sitting in the Public Gallery—to decide our line of questioning.

The Committee deliberated in private.