Rosie Winterton: Order. Interventions need to be brief. There are plenty of people waiting to speak, and it is not fair if interventions are too long.
Rosie Winterton: Order. Just before I call the next speaker, let me be clear. When I said everybody could take nine minutes, that does include interventions. Otherwise, I will have to impose a time limit.
Rosie Winterton: Order. This is a well-subscribed debate. If colleagues stick to a maximum of nine minutes, we should be able to get everybody in. I call Mark Harper.
Rosie Winterton: Order. Before I call the spokesperson for the Scottish National party, I need to tell colleagues that this is a well-subscribed debate, and we have another well-subscribed debate this afternoon, so after the SNP spokesperson, I will be imposing a six-minute time limit.
Rosie Winterton: Order. The hon. Gentleman is making an intervention on the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies), not the Minister.
Rosie Winterton: I remind colleagues that we have two debates to get through this afternoon, and they are both well subscribed. The guidance from the Backbench Business Committee is that opening speeches should last for 10 to 15 minutes. Because of the pressure on time, I will have to impose an immediate time limit of eight minutes once the right hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert) has...
Rosie Winterton: We now come to the second Select Committee statement. The procedure is the same as for the previous statement. I call the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.
Rosie Winterton: We now come to the first Select Committee statement. Pete Wishart, Chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee, will speak on this subject for up to 10 minutes, during which no interventions may be taken. At the conclusion of his statement, I will call Members to put questions on the subject of the statement and call Pete Wishart to respond to them in turn.
Rosie Winterton: Order. I would prefer not to impose a time limit, and if colleagues stick to about eight minutes we should be able to get everybody in without one.
Rosie Winterton: Order.
Rosie Winterton: Order. As colleagues will see, a vast number of Members want to speak in the debate. I will impose a four-minute limit after we have heard from the spokesman for the Scottish National party.
Rosie Winterton: Order. Although it may appear that we have a lot of time for this debate, many colleagues want to contribute to it, and I urge Members to be considerate of others so that we can get everybody in. With that in mind, if people speak for about 10 minutes, that will be fine, but do be considerate of others, because we cannot have speeches that are longer than those of the Front Benchers.
Rosie Winterton: Order. As colleagues can see, a number of colleagues want to get in. I would rather not impose a time limit, but if Members could stick to about six minutes, we should get everybody in.
Rosie Winterton: Order. May I just reassure the hon. Gentleman that the motion would not be on the Order Paper if it was either out of order or invalid.
Rosie Winterton: Order. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is not questioning the judgment of the Chair.
Rosie Winterton: Order. As Members can see, a large number of colleagues want to participate, so there will be a four-minute limit on Back-Bench contributions.
Rosie Winterton: Order. I understand that there have been interventions, but because of that, after the next speaker, I will have to reduce the time limit to three minutes. Even then, it might not be possible to get everybody in.
Rosie Winterton: Order. Colleagues will realise that a large number of Members want to speak so, to start with, I will impose a four-minute time limit.
Rosie Winterton: Order. The hon. Gentleman must bear in mind that he should face the Chair. Although he likes looking at his hon. Friend, it is better to look at me.
Rosie Winterton: Order. The hon. Gentleman will return to the subject of the debate.