Lindsay Hoyle: Order. The time limit for speeches is eight minutes.
Lindsay Hoyle: Excellent. It is good to welcome the hon. Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) back to his place.
Lindsay Hoyle: We now come to the Backbench debate on surgical mesh, in which Emma Hardy is to move the motion. As is the custom, she has around 15 minutes. I am sure there could be a little leeway, but Members should be aware we have an important debate to follow.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. I am reducing the time limit to five minutes.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. I just remind people that we have a lot of speakers in this debate. Short interventions, please.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. This is a very important debate. I put a seven-minute limit on speeches to try to give everybody a chance to speak. Given the interventions, I will have to drop the limit for Members lower down the list. I do not think it is fair. Interventions have to be short, and Members should think about whether they need to intervene—especially when they are summing up at the end.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. I call Barry Sheerman on a seven-minute limit.
Lindsay Hoyle: And to you.
Lindsay Hoyle: We now come to the Select Committee statement. Robert Halfon will speak on his subject for up to 10 minutes, during which no interventions may be taken. At the conclusion of the statement, I will call Members to ask questions on the subject of the statement and call Robert Halfon to respond to them in turn. Members can expect to be called only once. Interventions should be questions and...
Lindsay Hoyle: I think that the hon. Gentleman already knows the answer, but let me see if I can help a little. I am sure that the Government will reflect on the motion, but in the end, it is up to them, and unfortunately, it is not binding. I think that answers the question.
Lindsay Hoyle: I do not think we ever have 650, as the hon. Gentleman well knows, but allowing for that, I think it is a written report back to the House rather than a verbal report.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. I call Jim McMahon.
Lindsay Hoyle: Order. Just one second. We are not going to be able to get Members in. Members have had six minutes each and I have now dropped the limit to four minutes. We are in danger of being self-indulgent if we are not careful. Some people will not get in and that is unfair when this issue matters to every constituency.
Lindsay Hoyle: We will drop the limit to four minutes to try to give everyone equal time.