Lindsay Hoyle: Order. I suggest we start with a 12-minute time limit on speeches.
Lindsay Hoyle: I call Cat Smith. If she could finish at half past, I would be grateful. In addition, if the wind-ups could be about nine and a half minutes long, that would allow us to bring in Norman Lamb.
Lindsay Hoyle: He has finished.
Lindsay Hoyle: The time limit for speeches is now down to two minutes.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. I am more than happy to allow interventions, but if Members who choose to intervene want to look a colleague in the eye when that colleague drops off the list of speakers, let them do so, because that is what is going to happen.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. I know that the former Minister has a lot to add to this, but I want to get everyone in. Interventions must be very short. Do not take advantage of other Members, please.
Lindsay Hoyle: I remind the House that we need short interventions if everyone is to have a fair chance to speak in this important debate.
Lindsay Hoyle: I remind the House that there is a four-minute limit on Back-Bench speeches. I call Anne Main.
Lindsay Hoyle: I warn Back Benchers that to give everybody a fair chance of being heard, there will be a four-minute limit on contributions after the opening speeches. Front Benchers winding up will have 10 minutes each. If we keep to that, we should be able to accommodate everybody.
Lindsay Hoyle: With the leave of the House, I would like to bring in Theresa Villiers.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. May I say to Members that, if they speak for about eight minutes, everybody will get equal time?
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. The right hon. and learned Gentleman may be the Father of the House, but that does not allow him to make a speech when everybody else is waiting. He has more experience of this House than I will ever have, and he ought to use it.
Lindsay Hoyle: It might have been helpful if the right hon. and learned Gentleman had asked that question to begin with, rather than giving a speech.
Lindsay Hoyle: As the hon. Gentleman is aware, that is not really a matter for the Chair. It is the responsibility of each Member to make things accurate when they make mistakes. Members do inadvertently make mistakes, but that has been corrected and it is certainly now on the record.
Lindsay Hoyle: I was not in the Chair at the time and I have no idea what happened, but I am sure Mr Speaker would not get things wrong. If there was a mistake, it would have been a genuine mistake, as all these things are in the Chamber.
Lindsay Hoyle: If we had succinct questions, we might get succinct answers. “No” would have been helpful.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. Members are meant to ask a succinct question.
Lindsay Hoyle: Just give it now or else you will be sitting down.
Lindsay Hoyle: I think the Minister has got the gist.