Prisons and Courts Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 am on 28th March 2017.

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[Graham Stringer in the Chair]

Before we begin, there are a few preliminary announcements. May we switch off electronic devices, or put them on to silent? Tea and coffee are not allowed during sittings.

We will first consider the programme motion printed on the amendment paper. We will then consider a motion to enable the reporting of written evidence for publication, followed by a motion to allow us to deliberate in private about our questions before the oral evidence sessions. In view of the time available, I hope that 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 28 March) meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 28 March;

(b) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Wednesday 29 March;

(c) at 4.30 pm and 7.30 pm on Tuesday 18 April;

(d) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 20 April;

(e) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 25 April;

(f) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 27 April;

(2) the Committee shall hear oral evidence on Tuesday 28 March in accordance with the following Table:

TABLE

Time

Witness

Until no later than 11.00 am

Prison Officers Association; Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons; Prisons & Probation Ombudsman; Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

Until no later than 3.15 pm

Legal Aid Practitioners Association; Professor Richard Susskind OBE; The Law Society; Women’s Aid; Transform Justice

Until no later than 4.30 pm

Association of British Insurers; Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; Aviva

(3) proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 4; Schedule 1; Clauses 5 to 21; Schedule 2; Clauses 22 to 30; Schedule 3; Clauses 31 and 32; Schedule 4; Clause 33; Schedule 5; Clause 34; Schedule 6; Clauses 35 and 36; Schedule 7; Clause 37; Schedule 8; Clauses 38 to 44; Schedule 9; Clauses 45 to 49; Schedule 10; Clause 50; Schedule 11; Clause 51; Schedule 12; Clauses 52 to 54; Schedule 13; Clause 55; Schedule 14; Clause 56; Schedule 15; Clauses 57 to 72; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

(4) the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00pm on Thursday 27 April.

The deadline for amendments to be considered at the first line-by-line sitting of the Committee was the rise of House on Friday. The next deadline will be 4.30 pm on Tuesday 11 April for the Committee’s meeting on Tuesday 18 April, after Easter. The Clerks will circulate a note about tabling arrangements during the recess.

Resolved,

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

Copies of written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room.

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.—(Sir Oliver Heald.)

The Committee deliberated in private.