Jimmy Hood: I hope it is not in contradiction of what I have just said.
Jimmy Hood: The hon. Gentleman is impressively sensitive, but the hon. Member for St Ives can put his opinions, and it is not for the Chair to question them.
Jimmy Hood: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his point of order, but he is straying by raising such a point of order. The time for the meetings has been agreed, and that is why we are here.
Jimmy Hood: The Committee cannot meet without the leave of the House, and that is straightforward and clear, so the hon. Gentleman is not raising a point of order. His point of order is wrong.
Jimmy Hood: Excuse me. I have taken the point of order twice. I call Mr Nuttall.
Jimmy Hood: Yes.
Jimmy Hood: Order. That intervention is not relevant to the amendment. If Members want to change procedure there are ways for doing so, but those are not through a Bill Committee.
Jimmy Hood: Order. I would have expected the Minister to pick up on my earlier advice. He will have plenty of opportunity to discuss his views on the Bill once we have agreed the sittings motion, for which we are discussing amendments.
Jimmy Hood: Order. To be helpful, the powers of the Committee to take oral evidence are a matter for the House. It is for the House to grant the Committee permission to take evidence. That was the case on the previous Bill—I chaired that Committee, by the way—but it is not the case here. The House did not give permission to take oral evidence, so it is not right to discuss it here.
Jimmy Hood: The hon. Gentleman has raised a point of order, although it is not correct.
Jimmy Hood: Order. Mr Nuttall, the Committee wants to hear why Wednesday not Tuesday, why 10 am not 9.25 am, and why no afternoon meetings. Those are the relevant points in the amendment that the Committee needs to discuss. Will the hon. Gentleman get back to his amendment and not stray off it? We will have plenty of time to discuss his opinions on the Bill when we get to it. Please address the amendment.
Jimmy Hood: Order. I think I have explained to the hon. Gentleman that if he cannot hear, he should move nearer to the front.
Jimmy Hood: If the hon. Gentleman cannot hear at the back, he can tell the Chair and we will report the microphones if they are not working. I can hear Members speaking clearly. I can hear the hon. Gentleman but he can obviously not hear me. It is perhaps a difficulty with him, not the acoustics.
Jimmy Hood: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his point of order. We have already asked for the heating to be turned up, so we pre-empted that point of order.
Jimmy Hood: I suspect that candles would not comply with health and safety. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman would not want to set fire to the House. Mr Nuttall, I am sure that you will now return to your amendment.
Jimmy Hood: Order. This is a rather long intervention. I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman can explain when he makes a speech.
Jimmy Hood: Order. I do not want to be unhelpful to the hon. Gentleman; I want to be very helpful. The hon. Gentleman is now talking about his views on the Bill, and not directly to his amendment. I am keen for him to return to his amendment.
Jimmy Hood: Order. I will call the point of order.
Jimmy Hood: The sittings motion has been moved and we are now discussing amendments to it. Mr Nuttall.
Jimmy Hood: Order. The intervention is too long.