Jimmy Hood: Order. I must repeat what I said. We are discussing an amendment that talks about leaving out words, that talks about putting “when” in, and that talks about Tuesday 10 February. The right hon. Gentleman and the hon. Gentleman are being tempted into discussing the merits of the Bill itself. If we can get the sittings motion sorted, then they can certainly raise the issues that they are...
Jimmy Hood: Order. I hope that hon. Members in the Committee will listen to all Members who are on their feet addressing the Committee.
Jimmy Hood: Order. To be helpful, as usual, the House decides when the Committees end. This Committee holds no powers to change any of those sitting times. The House has said that we stop at 11.25 for Prime Minister’s questions; that is the House’s decision. It is not a discussion for the Committee. I am not inviting an argument.
Jimmy Hood: I know that you are not going to argue.
Jimmy Hood: The Committee can move Adjournment if the Chairman accepts a motion to adjourn. I suspect that this Chairman would not accept the hon. Gentleman’s motion.
Jimmy Hood: I do not have to explain it. The right hon. Gentleman did so in his point of order. The House has decided that Committees in the morning will finish at 11.25. They are open-ended in the afternoon, as the right hon. Gentleman is very well aware.
Jimmy Hood: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his attempt to assist the Chairman. That is exactly what I said before he stood up and said it. Jacob Rees-Mogg rose—
Jimmy Hood: I hope that the hon. Gentleman is not coming back on this. I have ruled on it.
Jimmy Hood: You have got that on the record, but my previous ruling stands. Before we begin our debate I have a few preliminary announcements; I accept that it would have been helpful to make them before the points of order. Please switch electronic devices off or put them on silent. I remind hon. Members that tea and coffee are not allowed during Committee sittings. It is a bit cold in here this...
Jimmy Hood: With this it will be convenient to consider the following: Amendment (a), leave out from “on” to “when” and insert— “Tuesday 10th February at 10.00 am, and thereafter on Tuesdays at 10.00 am”. Amendment (b), leave out from “meet” to end and insert— “at 9.25am on the following days— (a) Tuesday 10 February 2015; (b) Tuesday 24 February 2015; (c) Tuesday 3 March 2015;...
Jimmy Hood: Thank you for your point of order and thank you for your concern, but you, unlike the hon. Member for Eltham, have served on Committees that I have chaired before. I am sure you will have learned from experience that, had I thought the hon. Member for Eltham was out of order, I would have brought him to order and told him so. I did not hear anything that was out of order.
Jimmy Hood: Order. I remind the hon. Gentleman that we are discussing the motion and Mr Nuttall’s amendment. I would hope that interventions were on the subject of the amendment, not on something else.
Jimmy Hood: Order. We are not discussing declarations of interest. I am listening to Mr Nuttall, who has tabled an amendment to the sittings motion. I will ask him to carry on and address his amendment.
Jimmy Hood: Order. The hon. Gentleman said that he had served on Committees that I had chaired, and I took that as read, but he has not learned much if he continues to contradict a ruling from the Chair. I am asking the hon. Gentleman to discuss his amendment, and his amendment is not a wide one but a rather narrow one. I want contributions on Mr Nuttall’s amendment, which he is still moving, and I...
Jimmy Hood: I was asked for permission to lock the middle door before the Committee began. I received a representation from the Serjeant at Arms, and I agreed it.
Jimmy Hood: Big dilemmas. I shall ask for the middle door to be opened, and the back door closed. I am sure that will satisfy Members.
Jimmy Hood: Thank you for that point of order. Declarations of interest are a matter for hon. Members. If they want to make a declaration of interest, it is for them, not the Chair.
Jimmy Hood: Thank you for your point of order. This matter is not dealt with in Committee but in the Public Bill Office. It is not a matter that I can address.
Jimmy Hood: The Minister has made a declaration of interest, and it is duly noted. While we are on the subject, I have said that it is for each individual Member to deal with their own declaration of interest, and they should make such declarations to the Committee at the first available opportunity. However, that is the matter for the Member concerned, not for the Chair.
Jimmy Hood: I would have thought that the right hon. Gentleman would know that he does not have to raise those interests on a point of order. I have said that if a Member fails to mention an interest at the outset they can raise it when they make a speech. The right hon. Gentleman’s point is not a point of order, so it is not something for me to deal with.