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Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 25th June 2020.

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[Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair]

Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury 11:30 am, 25th June 2020

Before we begin, I have a couple of housekeeping points to make. Please make sure that electronic devices are on silent. I am afraid that tea and coffee are not allowed; water is, along as it has not been near a tea bag or any coffee granules. Social distancing must be observed. Our Hansard reporters would be grateful if Members could email any electronic copies of their speaking notes to hansardnotes@parliament.uk. Please do remove jackets at any point under my chairmanship as we proceed through the Bill.

We will first consider the programme motion on the amendment paper. We will then consider a motion to allow us to deliberate in private briefly, before moving to the oral evidence session. I hope we can get through these first bits without too much debate. I call the Minister to move the programme motion that was agreed by the Programming Sub-Committee yesterday.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

I beg to move,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 11.30 am on Thursday 25 June) meet;

(a) at 2.00 pm on Thursday 25 June;

(b) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 30 June;

(c) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 2 July;

(d) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 7 July;

(e) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 9 July;

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

TABLE

Day

Time

Witness

Thursday 25 June

Until no later than 12.30 pm

Jonathan Hall QC, Independent

Reviewer of Terrorism

Legislation

Thursday 25 June

Until no later than 13.00 pm

The National Police Chiefs’

Council

Thursday 25 June

Until no later than 14.30 pm

Prison Reform Trust

Thursday 25 June

Until no later than 15.00 pm

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Thursday 25 June

Until no later than 15.30 pm

Law Society of Scotland

Thursday 25 June

Until no later than 16.00 pm

Professor Donald Grubin, Newcastle University

Tuesday 30 June

Until no later than 9.55 am

The Professional Trades Union for Prison, Correctional and

Secure Psychiatric Workers

Tuesday 30 June

Until no later than 10.25 am

The Tony Blair Institute for

Global Change

Tuesday 30 June

Until no later than 10.55 am

Professor Andrew Silke,

Cranfield University

(3) proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the following order: Clause 1; Schedule 1; Clause 2; Schedule 2; Clause 3; Schedule 3; Clauses 4 to 6; Schedule 4; Clauses 7 to 19; Schedule 5; Clauses 20 and 21; Schedule 6; Clauses 22 and 23; Schedule 7; Clauses 24 and 25; Schedule 8; Clauses 26 and 27; Schedule 9; Clause 28; Schedule 10; Clauses 29 to 36; Schedule 11; Clauses 37 to 45; Schedule 12; Clauses 46 to 48; Schedule 13; Clauses 49 to 53; 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 5.00 pm on Tuesday 14 July.

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I have one point of clarification to make. Yesterday, in the Programming Sub-Committee, we discussed whether we should invite the Prison Officers Association or the Prison Governors Association. On further investigation, it transpires that the Professional Trades Union for Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers is in fact the Prison Officers Association—that is its full name. We will therefore see the Prison Officers Association on Tuesday at 9.25 am. We had contacted the Prison Governors Association, but I am told that, rather surprisingly, it did not reply. That should satisfy the request that the shadow Minister made yesterday.

Question put and agreed to.

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.—(Chris Philp.)

Resolved,

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

Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

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

The Committee deliberated in private.