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)),
Rosie Winterton: The hon. Gentleman is quite right to say that the House has agreed to the motion. The Leader of the House has said that, following such occasions, the relevant Secretary of State will return to the House over the next few weeks to indicate what action the Government propose to take as a result of the motion being passed.
Rosie Winterton: Order.
Rosie Winterton: Order.
Rosie Winterton: Order. Because of the pressure on time, I am going to have to reduce the time limit. For the next speaker it will be six minutes. After that, it will be five minutes. I remind colleagues that if there are a lot of interventions, I will have to reduce it further.
Rosie Winterton: Order. Due to the large number of interventions that colleagues have taken, which always has implications for others, after the next speaker I must reduce the time limit to four minutes.
Rosie Winterton: Order. When the hon. Lady makes an intervention, she needs to be brief, because there is a lot of pressure on time.
Rosie Winterton: Order. As Mr Speaker said, there are a number of colleagues wishing to contribute to this debate and to the later debate, so I am afraid I am going to have to impose an immediate five-minute time limit. I would urge colleagues to be very aware that, if they take interventions, it is likely that that will reduce the time for others.
Rosie Winterton: I have the results of today’s deferred Divisions—I know you have all been anxiously awaiting them—which I will now announce. In respect of the question relating to local authorities (mayoral elections), the Ayes were 317 and the Noes were 231, while of those Members representing constituencies in England and Wales, the Ayes were 293 and the Noes were 221, so the Ayes have...
Rosie Winterton: No, I think the hon. Gentleman misheard. I actually said that amendment 349 was in the second set and that amendment 348 is in this set, as is clause 13 stand part and schedule 5—hence why the debate is a little wider than the hon. Gentleman might wish it to be.
Rosie Winterton: Just for clarification, amendment 348 is in the first group of amendments and amendment 349 is in the next group.
Rosie Winterton: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 77, in clause 13, page 9, line 9, at end insert— ‘(3) A Minister of the Crown may by regulations— (a) make provision enabling or requiring judicial notice to be taken of a relevant matter, or (b) provide for the admissibility in any legal proceedings of specified evidence...
Rosie Winterton: With the leave of the House, I should like to take motions 6 to 12 together—
Rosie Winterton: In that case, I will take them all separately. Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 118(6)),
Rosie Winterton: Order. I really want to ensure that we return to the subject of this debate.
Rosie Winterton: Order. I strongly urge the hon. Member for Stirling (Stephen Kerr) to return to the motion before us.
Rosie Winterton: Order. The hon. Member for Redditch (Rachel Maclean) will stick to the subject of this debate, which is not actually police funding.
Rosie Winterton: Order. Before I call Luke Pollard, I am sure that right hon. and hon. Members will be very pleased to hear that the Speaker of the Kosovo Parliament is with us. Welcome, Mr Speaker Veseli.
Rosie Winterton: It is disorderly to say that an hon. Member is misleading the Committee. I suggest that the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr Fysh) settles down and allows the Father of the House to continue.