Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 am on 6 December 2016.

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[Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair]

This is quite an unusual procedure for those who are not used to it. We are now sitting in public and our proceedings are being broadcast. Before we begin, I have a number of preliminary announcements. Please make sure that mobile phones are switched off or to silent. Tea and coffee are not allowed; please help yourself to water. We will first consider the programme motion. In accordance with my normal practice, we will start with the shadow Secretary of State, and then we will listen to whoever indicates that they wish to speak. We do not need to allocate questions. Is everybody happy with that? Yes? Excellent. We will then consider a motion to enable the reporting of written evidence for publication. In view of the time available, I hope that we can take these matters formally without debate.



(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 6 December) meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 6 December;

(b) at 11.30 am on Thursday 8 December;

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




Tuesday 6 December

Until no later

than 10.30 am

Department for International

Development; CDC Group plc

Tuesday 6 December

Until no later

than 11.25 am

National Audit Office; War on

Want; Oxfam; Sir Paul Collier,

Blavatnik School of Government,

University of Oxford

(3) the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 1.00 pm on Thursday 8 December.—(Rory Stewart.)

I can announce that the deadline for amendments to be considered for line by line Committee sittings has passed. I hope everyone got them in on time.


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