National Security and Investment Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 24th November 2020.

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[Derek Twigg in the Chair]

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Labour, Halton 9:25 am, 24th November 2020

Before we begin, I have a few preliminary points to make. Please switch electronic devices to silent. Tea and coffee are not allowed during sittings. Members can sit in any seat marked with a “please sit here” sign. That includes the side tables and the Public Gallery, although Hansard colleagues have priority on the side tables. Members sitting in the Public Gallery should stand by the microphone to my right.

We will first consider the programme motion on the amendment paper. We will then consider a motion to enable the reporting of written evidence for publication, and then a motion to allow us to deliberate in private on our questions, before the oral evidence sessions. In view of the limited time available, I hope we can take these matters without too much debate. I call the Minister to move the programme motion agreed to yesterday by the Programming Sub-Committee.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

I beg to move,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25am on Tuesday 24 November) meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 24 November;

(b) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 26 November;

(c) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 1 December;

(d) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 3 December;

(e) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 8 December;

(f) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 10 December;

(g) at 9.25 am on Tuesday 15 December;

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

TABLE

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 24 November

Until no later than 10.30 am

The Royal United Services Institute

Tuesday 24 November

Until no later than 11.25 am

Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE

Tuesday 24 November

Until no later than 2.45 pm

The Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics

Tuesday 24 November

Until no later than 3.30 pm

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Tuesday 24 November

Until no later than 4.15 pm

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Tuesday 24 November

Until no later than 5 pm

The Investment Association

Thursday 26 November

Until no later than 12.15 pm

Slaughter and May

Thursday 26 November

Until no later than 1 pm

Professor Ciaran Martin, the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Thursday 26 November

Until no later than 2.30 pm

Herbert Smith Freehills

Thursday 26 November

Until no later than 3.15 pm

Simons Muirhead and Burton

Thursday 26 November

Until no later than 4 pm

Chatham House

Thursday 26 November

Until no later than 4.30 pm

PricewaterhouseCoopers

(3) proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 10; Schedule 1; Clauses 11 to 58; Schedule 2; Clauses 59 to 66; 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 11.25 am on Tuesday 15 December

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Twigg, and to serve with colleagues on this important Bill Committee.

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.—(Nadhim Zahawi.)

Resolved,

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

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Labour, Halton

Copies of the written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room. We will now sit in private to discuss lines of questioning.

The Committee deliberated in private.