Mark Pritchard: I thank the Committee Clerk, who has kept us all—especially me—on the straight and narrow, which is not easy. I also thank the attendants, who did such a great job of trying to cool us all down; the officials, who behaved themselves; the Hansard reporters, who are the unsung heroes of our democracy, and the broadcasting unit. Finally, may I say to all of you that you have been a...
Mark Pritchard: I remind the Committee that with this we are discussing the following: Amendment 12, in clause 35, page 21, line 3, le ave out from “subsection” to the end of line 5 This amendment would allow the Secretary of State to make regulations in the future that would include any ivory species, even if not listed in an appendix to CITES. Clause stand part. It...
Mark Pritchard: Order. This is a debate, rather than a question and answer session, so it would be helpful for the Committee to get full and comprehensive answers, which are hopefully being inspired as we speak. I will call the shadow Minister, so that inspiration has a little bit more time.
Mark Pritchard: With this it will be convenient to discuss clause stand part.
Mark Pritchard: With this it will be convenient to consider clause stand part.
Mark Pritchard: Order. Could we put our phones on to silent, please?
Mark Pritchard: On a point of procedure, to guide the Committee, the Question that I am about to put relates to clause 3. New clause 1 would be decided upon, if Members so chose, at the end of proceedings, after we have deliberated the contents of the Bill as it stands. The Question now relates to clause 3, not new clause 1.
Mark Pritchard: New clause 1 will be decided on after we have considered all the clauses and schedules already in the Bill as drafted. All new clauses, whatever their number, come after all the clauses and schedules have been decided upon—they always come at the end—but there will be an opportunity to vote on the new clause if the shadow Minister wishes to press it to a Division.
Mark Pritchard: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 3, in clause 3, page 3, line 13, at end insert “, and (d) notify the Secretary of State of any interests, whether commercial, pecuniary, or personal, that the assessor may hold in respect of— (i) the person applying for an exemption certificate, and (ii) any person known to by the assessor to be...
Mark Pritchard: With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 1— Reporting requirements: Exemption certificates— “(1) As soon as reasonably practicable after the end of each calendar year, the Secretary of State must— (a) prepare a report on applications for exemption certificates that have been granted during that year, and— (i) lay a copy of that report before...
Mark Pritchard: Before we begin, could colleagues ensure that electronic devices are either turned off or switched to silent mode? As colleagues know, teas and coffees are not allowed during sittings. It is rather warm in here today, so of course you can have water. This sitting is being recorded, so can Members project their voices for the recording, given that the windows are open because of the...
Mark Pritchard: Encrypted signals and encrypted signals intelligence are absolutely vital for our armed forces and other agencies to communicate safely and securely. Is not it the case that this flawed decision produces one beneficiary in national security terms, and that is Russia?
Mark Pritchard: We will now hear evidence from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. We have until 3.45 pm for this session. Could the witnesses please introduce themselves, for the record?
Mark Pritchard: Do any Members have a declaration of interest, before we start?
Mark Pritchard: That is on the record.
Mark Pritchard: If there are no further questions from Members, I thank the witnesses for their evidence today.
Mark Pritchard: We will now hear oral evidence from the British Art Market Federation, the British Antique Dealers Association, Philip Mould and Company, the Music Industries Association and the Musicians Union. We have until 3 pm for this fourth panel. I invite the witnesses to introduce themselves for the record. I call David Webster first.
Mark Pritchard: Thank you very much indeed, and congratulations to Mr Dodgson’s organisation. May I ask any Members who have a declaration of interest to make to do so now publicly, please?
Mark Pritchard: Okay, thank you; that is on the record. Let us move on to questions.
Mark Pritchard: Before I call Liz Twist, I want to say that members of the panel should contribute, even if you are not addressed by name, if you wish to. We can make this more interactive. If your contribution is relevant to the organisation you represent, feel free to make it.