Jimmy Hood: Mr Raynsford does not have to speak—although he may wish to—but if you do not move the Adjournment, Dr Coffey, he will speak and we will not have lunch.
Jimmy Hood: I will be guided by the Committee. If the Committee wishes to have a stand part debate, that might be sensible. If there is a demand for a single stand part debate, I would like to know now before I give a ruling.
Jimmy Hood: The Minister wants to know whether there will be a stand part debate. If you can express your views on stand part on the clause during the debates on the amendments, that will be acceptable to me. So we will not have a stand part debate. You can make your views known during the discussion on the amendments.
Jimmy Hood: Order. I ask the Committee to be careful not to stray into the next group of amendments.
Jimmy Hood: Order. I remind hon. Members that interventions need to be shorter than that.
Jimmy Hood: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 34, in clause 32, page 36, line 5, at end insert— ‘(7) No variation to the requirement of the building regulations in respect of a building‘s contribution to or effect on emissions of carbon dioxide may be made solely by regard to the number of buildings on any particular building site.”
Jimmy Hood: Before I call the next speaker, I inform the Committee that I will take clause stand part with amendment 59.
Jimmy Hood: Order. The hon. Member for Vale of Clwyd should not heckle the Minister when he is addressing a point which the hon. Gentleman made. It is not right and I will not have it.
Jimmy Hood: I have no objection at all to that if all members of the Committee agree.
Jimmy Hood: Happy new year to everyone.
Jimmy Hood: I thank the hon. Gentleman for my first point of order of the new year, although it may come as a surprise to him to discover that that was not a point of order. It was not a matter for me but a matter for debate.
Jimmy Hood: Why have not all the papers and memos between the Home Secretary, Leon Brittan, and the chief constables and magistrates courts been published?
Jimmy Hood: With this it will be convenient to consider clauses 17 and 18.
Jimmy Hood: I thank the Minister for that information. It was more a point of information than a point of order.
Jimmy Hood: With this is it will be convenient to consider schedule 3.
Jimmy Hood: This issue is not new to the House of Commons. As the Leader of the House will recall, the Conservatives have not won a general election since 1992. I have been hearing this debate ever since 1992, and it has been Conservative policy to use a veto to diminish the influence of Scottish Members of Parliament ever since 1992. However, I am concerned less about the problems that the Tories are...
Jimmy Hood: I am sorry to disappoint the right hon. Gentleman, but the amendment to the schedule is grouped with the debate on clause 1 stand part. His opportunity to discuss the schedule was during the debate that has just concluded, so I am afraid he will have to find another ingenious way to come back and discuss the matter.
Jimmy Hood: Before we begin, I have a few preliminary announcements. Please switch electronic devices to silent. Tea and coffee are not allowed during sittings of the Committee. The notice period for amendments is three working days. Starred amendments—those that have been tabled with inadequate notice—will not normally be called. The deadline for amendments to be considered on Tuesday 6 January will...
Jimmy Hood: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Government amendment 27. Schedule 1.
Jimmy Hood: I welcome right hon. and hon. Members to this special occasion for the hon. Member for Southend West. We begin with the debate on clause 1. I suggest that Members make any remarks on clauses 2 to 5 during that debate. I will then formally put the question that clauses 2 to 5 stand part of the Bill, on the basis that the Bill as a whole has been debated.