Stewart Hosie: Good afternoon, gentlemen. We will now hear oral evidence from Jack Shakespeare, director of research, policy and communications at UK Active, Andrew Goodacre, chief executive officer of the British Independent Retailers Association, and Martin McTague, national vice chair of the Federation of Small Businesses. We have until 3 pm for this session. Could I ask you to introduce yourselves? If...
Stewart Hosie: Thank you. Mick Whitley.
Stewart Hosie: I think for today, Mr Dowd, we will just ask the witnesses questions.
Stewart Hosie: Given that there are no further questions, I thank the witnesses for their evidence. That brings us to the end of today’s oral evidence session. The Committee will meet again on Thursday at 11.30 am in Committee Room 10 to begin line-by-line consideration of the Bill.
Stewart Hosie: Q We will now hear oral evidence from Lewis Johnston, assistant director of policy and external affairs at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, who is appearing in person. We have till 11.25 am on this session. Mr Johnston, could you please introduce yourself for the record? As with the previous witnesses, if you have any brief introductory remarks, please make them now.
Stewart Hosie: Q Given that there are no further questions and we are not pressed for time, Lewis, do you have any other observations that have not been drawn out in the questions that you have received so far?
Stewart Hosie: Thank you very much for your evidence.
Stewart Hosie: Before we start with the next panel, I remind Members that they are expected to wear masks in Committee when not speaking. We will now hear oral evidence from Melanie Leech CBE, chief executive at the British Property Federation, appearing by Zoom, and Astrid Cruickshank, director of Lightstone Properties, also appearing by Zoom. For this session we have until 10.55 am. Can the witnesses...
Stewart Hosie: Thank you. Astrid?
Stewart Hosie: Thank you very much. Seema Malhotra?
Stewart Hosie: We have a sound issue, Ms Leech. Hold on one second.
Stewart Hosie: Thank you. Are there any final questions? No. In that case, I thank the witnesses very much for their evidence.
Stewart Hosie: Q We are now sitting in public again and the proceedings are being broadcast. Do any Members wish to make a declaration of interests in connection with the Bill? No, so in that case, we will hear evidence from Kate Nicholls OBE, chief executive of UK Hospitality, who will appear in person, and Dominic Curran, property policy adviser at the British Retail Consortium, who will appear by Zoom....
Stewart Hosie: Do you have any introductory remarks to make about the Bill?
Stewart Hosie: Thank you. Dominic, will you introduce yourself and make any introductory remarks that you may have?
Stewart Hosie: Thank you very much. In that case, I will open up the floor to questions. Seema Malhotra.
Stewart Hosie: Order. I am sorry to cut across you in full flow, but I am afraid we are at the end of the time allocated for these questions. I thank the witnesses very much indeed. We will now prepare for the next panel.
Stewart Hosie: We are now sitting in public and the proceedings are being broadcast. Before we begin, I have a few announcements. Please switch electronic devices to silent. No food or drink is permitted during sittings of the Committee except for the water provided. Members are expected to wear masks when they are not speaking, in line with current Government guidance and that of the House of Commons...
Stewart Hosie: The Committee will therefore proceed to line-by-line consideration of the Bill on Thursday at 11.30 am.
Stewart Hosie: Copies of written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room and circulated to Members by email.