(Except Clause 4, Clauses 6 to 8 and Schedule 1, Clause 12, Clauses 27 and 28, Clauses 53 to 66, Clauses 68 to 71, Clauses 84 to 92 and Schedules 12 and 13, Clause 93 and Schedule 14)

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:25 am on 14 December 2021.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch 9:25, 14 December 2021

We are now sitting in public, and the proceedings are being broadcast. I do not think I need to remind people about the advice being given in relation to the wearing of face coverings; I will assume that anybody not wearing one has a reasonable excuse for not so doing, but we do not challenge people. I also remind colleagues that Hansard would be grateful if Members emailed their speaking notes to hansardnotes@ parliament.uk. The consumption of tea or coffee is not permitted during sittings, and we would like electronic devices to be switched to silent.

We do not want to see an abuse of the indulgence of laptops and things like that; the impression given to people watching is that Members might not be concentrating on the debate, and might instead be doing other work. The convention is that people should use their electronic devices to help inform their work on this Committee. I am not going to be able to invigilate that, but I rely on Members to be co-operative and think about the impression given to people watching this Committee.