Rosie Winterton: I thank the hon. Gentleman for putting his point on the record.
Rosie Winterton: Order. I think the hon. Lady has said she is not giving way. She has a short amount of time in which to speak.
Rosie Winterton: I think the spirit of the debate is that feelings are running high. I have not yet heard anything that I considered to be disorderly, but Members will obviously bear in mind that they should be careful about they say.
Rosie Winterton: Order. Many colleagues wish to contribute, so after I have called the shadow Minister I will impose a time limit of 10 minutes.
Rosie Winterton: Order. The hon. Gentleman picked up on my hint. As Members can see, many people want to speak, so I will start off by introducing an eight-minute time limit.
Rosie Winterton: I thank the hon. Lady for her courtesy in giving me advance notice of what has happened. It is absolutely right that she should apologise for the premature release of the letter, but the mood of the House showed a great deal of consensus, and perhaps her officials were unduly influenced by the tweet from the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Andy Slaughter). As I say, given the consensus and mood...
Rosie Winterton: With the leave of the House, we will take motions 11 to 14 together. Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 118(6)),
Rosie Winterton: Order. That is a matter for me, actually.
Rosie Winterton: I inform the House that the amendment has been selected.
Rosie Winterton: I thank the hon. Lady for giving me notice of her point of order and understand that she has notified the Members concerned of her intention to raise it. There is certainly a strong convention that Ministers should give advance notice to hon. Members if they plan to visit their constituency on official business. Indeed, this requirement is spelled out in the ministerial code. I understand...
Rosie Winterton: The hon. Gentleman will have heard what I said about the fact that it is in everybody’s interest that the existing conventions are upheld, and I reiterate that. On being notified of other possible breaches of the convention, it is up to individual Departments to make sure that they follow the conventions. If individual Members wish to draw to the attention of either the Speaker or...
Rosie Winterton: The convention applies to all Members. It is important that shadow Ministers inform Members when visiting their constituents, so the answer is yes.
Rosie Winterton: We have to be sensible about this. Obviously, people will pay private visits to other people’s constituencies. That is quite different from official visits or visits by Ministers.
Rosie Winterton: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 4, page 2, line 41, leave out from “must” to the end of line 44 and insert— “(a) consult— (i) the ONR, (ii) the National Audit Office, and (iii) such other persons (if any) as the Secretary of State considers it appropriate to consult, and (b) lay before Parliament a statement...
Rosie Winterton: Order. I should point out to the hon. Lady that this is not the Third Reading debate. We are dealing with the new clauses and amendments.
Rosie Winterton: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: New clause 2—Purpose— “The purpose of this Act is to provide for a contingent arrangement for nuclear safeguarding arrangements under the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in the event that the United Kingdom no longer has membership or associate membership of EURATOM, to ensure that qualifying nuclear...
Rosie Winterton: With the leave of the House, we will take motions 5, 6 and 7 together. Ordered,
Rosie Winterton: There will be a statement at 11 o’clock, but the debate will not conclude then.
Rosie Winterton: With the leave of the House, we will take motions 5 to 7 together. Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 118(6)),