Lindsay Hoyle: It is the interventions that are doing it.
Lindsay Hoyle: The Chairman of the Committee can pick any one of those three. [Laughter.]
Lindsay Hoyle: I obviously welcome the hon. Gentleman to his position, but for future reference, he is supposed to ask a shortish question. Brief questions are ideal, even from Front-Bench speakers.
Lindsay Hoyle: We now come to the first Select Committee statement. Meg Hillier will speak on her subject for up to 10 minutes, during which no interventions may be taken. At the conclusion of her statement, I will call Members to put questions on the subject of the statement, and Meg Hillier will respond to those in turn. I call the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order.
Lindsay Hoyle: I think that is clarification.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. May I just help a little? We have 25 speakers to come in after the Front Benchers, so I appeal to the Front Benchers to leave time for Back Benchers to contribute.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. Members cannot make speeches in interventions.
Lindsay Hoyle: It is not about my patience, but about Back Benchers.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. I want to hear Members on both sides, and I certainly want to hear the answer, but I cannot do so if everybody is shouting.
Lindsay Hoyle: Hopefully we will get some Back Benchers in, but I warn them that they will get no more than four minutes each. That may have to come down and some Members may not get in.
Lindsay Hoyle: I have certainly not been given any notification that the Secretary of State wants to come back at this moment, but there is a good chance tomorrow morning at business questions, when I have no doubt you will be able to raise this again.
Lindsay Hoyle: I have to notify the House in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967 that Her Majesty has signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts: Data Protection Act 2018 Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 Smart Meters Act 2018. I should also like to announce to the House the deferred Divisions result in respect of the Question relating to the Somerset West and Taunton (Modification of...
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. Let me just say that “hypocrisy” is not a word that we would use against fellow Members, as we are all honourable Members. I am sure you would like to withdraw it.
Lindsay Hoyle: If I might help, I was not here earlier, and I can only make a judgment on what happens when I am in the Chair. I am sure you would respect that.
Lindsay Hoyle: Unfortunately I am going to have to drop the limit to four minutes to get all Members in.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. If you want to speak, I can put you on the list. Short interventions, please; it will help the House.
Lindsay Hoyle: With the leave of the House, we shall take motions 6 and 7 together. Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 118(6)),
Lindsay Hoyle: I do not think we need to consider that.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. There is someone else who wishes to speak as well.