Rosie Winterton: Order. As colleagues will see, we have a great many speakers this evening, so after the speech by the leader of the Scottish National party, I will impose a time limit of eight minutes.
Rosie Winterton: I thank the Leader of the House for her courtesy in letting us know as quickly as possible that the debate has changed.
Rosie Winterton: I thank the hon. Lady for her point of order. I have not received any information from the Government on the matter she raises, but the Leader of the House is here, and I suggest that the hon. Lady discusses the specific point she raises through the usual channels.
Rosie Winterton: The hon. Member for Pontypridd (Owen Smith) is speaking to the Second Reading, and I am sure he is consistent and will ensure he sticks to that.
Rosie Winterton: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving me notice that he wished to raise that matter. In the first instance, I suggest that he discusses the issue with the Table Office. While the fundamental principle is that questions must relate to ministerial responsibilities, how that is interpreted is affected by the pattern of ministerial answers, and it may be that the changing circumstances mean that...
Rosie Winterton: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for giving me notice that he planned to raise this matter, and I know that he has been vigorous in pursuing the issue through parliamentary questions. As he knows, there are many other routes that he can pursue, including, I am sure, forthcoming Government statements on, for example, the European Council, but his concern will have been heard on the Treasury...
Rosie Winterton: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his point of order. I suspect that the Speaker will have very firm ideas, no doubt taking some advice from the right hon. Gentleman himself, about how he will respond to that election.
Rosie Winterton: I thank the hon. Lady for giving me notice that she wished to raise this matter, which I will answer now rather than in due course. I know that it can be rather frustrating for Members when Ministers say no more than “in due course” when asked when something is going to happen; however, I am afraid that the content of Ministers’ answers is for Ministers, not the Chair, and...
Rosie Winterton: Order. The Minister has until 7.30.
Rosie Winterton: As colleagues will see, we have a lot of speakers. If colleagues could stick to about 10 minutes, we will not have to impose a time limit.
Rosie Winterton: We now come to the programme motion. I must inform the House that paragraph 5 of the motion on the Order Paper should refer to Third Reading being brought to a conclusion three hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration, not on Third Reading.
Rosie Winterton: I call Michelle Donelan.
Rosie Winterton: I call Chris Stephens.
Rosie Winterton: The hon. Gentleman has done exactly the right thing by clarifying that as quickly as possible and putting the record straight.
Rosie Winterton: That is not a point of order. The hon. Gentleman will continue his speech.
Rosie Winterton: Order. Can we calm it down, please? I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is returning to the Bill.
Rosie Winterton: Order. Because there have been quite a lot of interventions, I now have to reduce the time limit to six minutes. I am sorry. Hon. Members should bear it in mind, however, that even that will be tight.
Rosie Winterton: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving me notice that he wished to raise this matter. It is obviously unsatisfactory that he has had to wait for such a long time to receive a response, but I am sure his concern has been heard on the Treasury Bench and will be conveyed to the Home Office.
Rosie Winterton: Thank you. Meanwhile, the hon. Member for Edinburgh East (Tommy Sheppard) has obviously made his dissatisfaction clear, and it is now on the record.
Rosie Winterton: We now come to the general debate on European affairs. The theme of today’s debate is international trade.