Albert Owen: In calling the Minister to respond to the debate, I welcome him to his place.
Albert Owen: Because of the discipline of Back Benchers and the concise way in which they gave speeches, I can call the Front Benchers early. I ask them to leave some time for the sponsor of the debate to say a few words at the end.
Albert Owen: Order. If remaining Back-Bench Members speak for no longer than six minutes, there should be time for everyone to speak who wishes to.
Albert Owen: Order. I will call the Front Benchers at 10.30 am. A number of Members wish to speak, so if they speak for seven minutes each we should get everyone in.
Albert Owen: Before we begin, I remind Members to switch their electronic devices to silent. Teas and coffees are not allowed in the sitting.
Albert Owen: Order. I have been very lenient with the England fan in his interpretation of what is a very narrow sittings motion to change the time to 10 am. If it is agreed, we can pursue other matters in a debate on the Adjournment of the Committee, but the hon. Gentleman should narrow the scope of his remarks. It is not for the Minister to respond to the sittings motion that the hon. Member for...
Albert Owen: I call David Linden, who I am sure will take a different tack.
Albert Owen: Order. That is very wide of the mark. The motion before us is very narrow. The debate is on the Question that we change the time in the sitting motion from 9.30 am to 10 am.
Albert Owen: As the Committee cannot consider the clauses of the Bill until the House has agreed a money resolution, I call Afzal Khan to move that the Committee do now adjourn.
Albert Owen: The Committee will meet again next Wednesday at 10 am, not 10.01, Mr Linden.
Albert Owen: I am disappointed by today’s announcement. It sounds as if the Government have given up on innovation, marine energy and their own industrial strategy. The Secretary of State discussed wind energy. It would not be at the price it is today if we had not had a decade of subsidies through renewable obligations, which many Government Members opposed. Will he assure me that other marine...
Albert Owen: I remind members of the Committee that electronic devices should be switched to silent and there should be no hot drinks in the Committee Room during sittings. As the Committee cannot consider the clauses of the Bill until the House has agreed to a money resolution, I call Afzal Khan to move that the Committee do now adjourn.
Albert Owen: The fastest-growing industry in Wales is tourism, and as the Minister will know, the jewel in its crown is Anglesey, Sir Môn. Many businesses have been helped to establish themselves by the European social fund; how will that gap be filled post Brexit? Those businesses need the UK Government’s help.
Albert Owen: Will my hon. Friend give way?
Albert Owen: The Minister will be aware of the potential of the marine energy sector in terms of both UK economic growth and reducing emissions. Will she assure me that projects such as Minesto and Morlais in my constituency will not be crowded out by the funding mechanism in place now, which favours offshore wind?
Albert Owen: Before we begin proceedings, I remind Members to turn their electronic devices to silent mode and not to drink tea or coffee during our sittings. If people wish to go outside and have a break, that is a matter for them. As the Committee cannot consider the clauses of the Bill until the House has agreed a money resolution, I call Afzal Khan to move that the Committee do now adjourn.
Albert Owen: Order. Perhaps I can help the hon. Gentleman. I am indeed a sports lover, and I go by the rules. Under the rules of the Committee, we are debating a motion to adjourn rather than the clauses of the Bill. Will he therefore focus on the matter of adjourning the Committee until 13 June, rather than on the details of the Bill, which we are not allowed to discuss?
Albert Owen: Order.
Albert Owen: I remind Members that the debate will finish at 4pm, but the Minister has agreed to give a couple of minutes at the end for the hon. Member for Glasgow South West to wind up.
Albert Owen: I call Grahame Morris to wind up.