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.
Rosie Winterton: Order. The hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire may have been drawn down certain paths. I have been listening carefully to what he has been saying, and I have given him some leeway, but I remind him that the motion before the Committee is that the Legislative Grand Committee (England) consents to the Bill. I hope he will not be drawn down other tracks and will confine his remarks to...
Rosie Winterton: Order. Will Members leaving the Chamber do so quietly?
Rosie Winterton: I am afraid that that the hon. Gentleman cannot move that in this Committee. I remind Members that if there is a Division, only Members representing constituencies in England may vote on the consent motion. Motion made and Question proposed, That the Committee consents to the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill.—(Rishi Sunak).
Rosie Winterton: As indicated on the Order Paper, the Speaker has certified that the Bill relates exclusively to England on matters within devolved legislative competence. As the Bill has not been amended, there is no change to that certification. Under Standing Order No. 83M, a consent motion is required for the Bill to proceed. It has been tabled and is available in the Vote Office. Does the Minister...
Rosie Winterton: Order. Before I call the next speaker, may I remind colleagues that this is a short debate? I hope that they bear in mind when making their contributions that it will finish at 3.22 pm.
Rosie Winterton: I thank the right hon. Gentlemen for their points of order. They have succeeded in bringing the House’s attention to the concerns that they have raised about the death of their comrade. The ten-minute rule motion is not moved.
Rosie Winterton: With the leave of the House, I will take motions 4 to 9 together. Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 118(6)),
Rosie Winterton: Order. Colleagues will be aware that we have quite a short time for this debate. If they can stick to six minutes, I will not have to impose a time limit, but I will do so if we cannot get enough Members in.