Criminal Finances Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 am on 15th November 2016.

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[Sir Alan Meale in the Chair]

We are now sitting in public and the proceedings are being broadcast. Before we begin, I have a few preliminary announcements to make. First, can everyone switch off their electronic devices or move them to silent, if that is possible? As you all know, the rules of the House are clear that no teas or coffees are allowed during sittings. We will first 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 and a motion to enable the reporting of written evidence for publication. In view of the time available, I hope we can take those matters formally, without debate.

Ordered,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 15 November) meet—

(a) at 2.30 pm on Tuesday 15 November;

(b) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 17 November;

(c) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 22 November;

(d) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 24 November;

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

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 15 November

Until no later than 10.20 am

National Crime Agency; National Police Chiefs Council; Metropolitan Police

Tuesday 15 November

Until no later than 11.00 am

HM Revenue and Customs; Serious Fraud Office; Crown Prosecution Service

Tuesday 15 November

Until no later than 11.25 am

Tax Research UK; Tax Justice Network

Tuesday 15 November

Until no later than 3.15 pm

British Banking Association; Financial Conduct Authority; Law Society

Tuesday 15 November

Until no later than 4.00 pm

The Herald; Christian Aid

Tuesday 15 November

Until no later than 4.15 pm

Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge MP

Tuesday 15 November

Until no later than 5.15 pm

Royal United Services Institute; Corruption Watch; Global Witness; Transparency International UK

(3) proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 14; Schedule 1; Clauses 15 to 29; Schedule 2; Clauses 30 to 32; Schedule 3; Clause 33; Schedule 4; Clauses 34 to 44; new Clauses; new Schedules; Clause 45; Schedule 5; Clauses 46 to 51; 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 Thursday 24 November

Therefore, the deadline for amendments to be considered at the first two line-by-line sittings has passed.

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.—(Mr Wallace.)

Resolved,

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

Copies of the written evidence that the Committee has received will be made available in the Committee room. We will now go into private session to discuss lines of questioning.

The Committee deliberated in private.