Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 6th October 2020.

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[David Mundell in the Chair]

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell Conservative, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale 9:27 am, 6th October 2020

Before we begin, I have a few preliminary announcements. Please switch all electronic devices to silent. Tea and coffee are not allowed during the sittings. As I indicated before the sitting, please adhere to the social distancing requirements for the room.

Today 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, 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 we can take these matters without debate. I call the Minister to move the programme motion standing in his name, which was discussed yesterday by the Programming Sub-Committee for the Bill.

Ordered,

That—

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

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 6 October;

(b) at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm on Thursday 8 October;

(c) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Wednesday 14 October;

(d) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 20 October;

(e) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 22 October;

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

Table

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 6 October

Until no later than 10.30 am

British Armed Forces Federation

Armed Forces Support Group

Tuesday 6 October

Until no later than 11.00 am

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Limited

Tuesday 6 October

Until no later than 11.25 am

Major Robert Campbell

Tuesday 6 October

Until no later than 3.00 pm

Professor Richard Ekins, Policy Exchange

Dr Jonathan Morgan, University of Cambridge

John Larkin QC, Policy Exchange

Tuesday 6 October

Until no later than 4.00 pm

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Centre for Military Justice

Tuesday 6 October

Until no later than 5.00 pm

Liberty

Human Rights Watch

Thursday 8 October

Until no later than 12.15 pm

Cobseo - the Confederation of Service Charities

The Royal British Legion

Thursday 8 October

Until no later than 1.00 pm

General Sir Nick Parker

Thursday 8 October

Until no later than 3.15 pm

Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Association

Thursday 8 October

Until no later than 4.00 pm

His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, Judge Advocate General

(3) proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 6; Schedule 1; Clauses 7 and 8; Schedule 2; Clause 9; Schedule 3; Clause 10; Schedule 4; Clauses 11 to 16; 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 Thursday 22 October

Resolved,

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

Resolved,

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the Cttee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.—(Johnny Mercer.)

The Committee deliberated in private.