Mike Gapes: Thank you very much. The acoustics in this room are quite difficult, so could everybody speak up? It is a long way for some of us to hear.
Mike Gapes: Before we take any more questions, may I suggest that some questions should be about the actual Bill? We have had some general discussions so far, and I have been very tolerant, but it is probably time to focus on the Bill.
Mike Gapes: Are there any more questions about the Bill? No. In that case, I thank the witnesses for coming. It has been a very useful session.
Mike Gapes: Before we continue to take oral evidence, Members, please feel free to take your jackets off, as it is very hot in here. That applies to witnesses, too, if you want to be cooler and more comfortable—the air-conditioning in this building is erratic. I remind Members and all visitors in the Gallery to switch off their mobile phones and other electronic devices or switch them to silent. We...
Mike Gapes: Before I call the first Member to ask a question, I remind all Members that questions should be limited to matters in the scope of the Bill, and that we must stick to the timings in the programme order agreed by the Committee. For this session, we have until 12 noon. I would be grateful if the witnesses introduced themselves for the record.
Mike Gapes: Q Gentlemen, is there anything that you wish to add—something that you would like to have been asked, but did not get the opportunity?
Mike Gapes: In which case, Mr Graffius and Mr Harriman, thank you for coming this morning. We will move on to our next witnesses.
Mike Gapes: I have not yet had a chance to welcome the Secretary of State to his interesting post. What assessment has he made of the EU-Japan trade agreement that has just been announced? Will he take this opportunity to welcome it as a potential boost to trade for our country, and confirm that the Government are not planning to take us out of that arrangement?
Mike Gapes: We will now hear oral evidence from the Crown Prosecution Service, the London Borough of Croydon and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. We have until 11.25 am for this session. Would you like to introduce yourself briefly?
Mike Gapes: Can I gently suggest that we ask questions specifically about the Bill?
Mike Gapes: I understand your point, I am just gently suggesting that we focus on the Bill.
Mike Gapes: I call Nigel Huddleston, and this will be the last question.
Mike Gapes: That brings us to the end of our oral evidence session. The Committee will continue to take oral evidence this afternoon from 2 pm. I thank our witnesses on behalf of the Committee for their evidence and ask the Government Whip to move the adjournment.
Mike Gapes: Good morning. We are now in the public part of our sitting. We will hear evidence from Redthread, the Ben Kinsella Trust, St Giles Trust and Acid Survivors Trust International. I remind all Members that questions should be limited to matters within the scope of the Bill. We must stick to the timings in the programme motion that the Committee has already agreed. For this session with the four...
Mike Gapes: Thank you very much. Any others? No. I ask the witnesses that when you answer a question for the first time, please introduce yourselves and tell us about your background. We will do it that way rather than any other way round, to save time.
Mike Gapes: We only have a few minutes left and four people still wish to ask questions. If we have quick questions and brief answers, we will get everybody in; otherwise, we will not be able to, as we have an absolute cut-off on the time. I call Mary Robinson.
Mike Gapes: Okay—
Mike Gapes: Can we move on? We are not going to get everybody in otherwise.
Mike Gapes: No.
Mike Gapes: That brings us to the end of the time allotted for this first panel. I thank all four of you for coming this morning; your evidence has been very useful and will help with deliberations when we consider the Bill.