Professional Qualifications Bill [Lords]

– in a Public Bill Committee on 18th January 2022.

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[Mark Pritchard in the Chair]

Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin 9:25 am, 18th January 2022

Before we begin, I have a few reminders for colleagues. Will Members please switch off or turn their electronic devices to silent? No food or drinks are permitted during sittings except for the water provided. Members are expected to wear masks when they are not speaking, in line with current Government guidance and that of the House of Commons Commission. I remind colleagues that they are asked by the House to have a covid lateral flow test before coming on to the parliamentary estate. Please also give each other and members of staff some distance when seated and when entering and leaving the room. Hansard colleagues would be grateful if Members could send any speaking notes to

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. I hope that we can take those matters formally without debate.



1. the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 18 January) meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 18 January;

(b) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 20 January;

2. the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Thursday 20 January.—


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

Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

Copies of written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room and will be circulated to Members by email. We now begin line-by-line consideration of the Bill. The selection list for today’s sitting is available in the room. It shows how the selected amendments have been grouped together for debate. Amendments grouped together are generally on the same or a similar issue, as colleagues will know. Please note that decisions on amendments do not take place in the order that they are debated, but in the order they appear on the amendment paper. The selection and grouping list shows the order of debates. Decisions on each amendment are taken when we come to the clause to which the amendment relates. Decisions on new clauses will be taken once we have completed consideration of the existing clauses of the Bill. Members wishing to press a grouped amendment or new clause to a Division should indicate when speaking to it that they wish to do so.