Mr Paul Dean: I think that the hon. Gentleman was momentarily diverted from what is in order in the debate.
Mr Paul Dean: With this it will be convenient to take the following: Government new clause 22— Transitional provision with respect to replacement appointments.— Government amendments Nos. 24, 47, 25, 26, 30, 33, and 41 to 45.
Mr Paul Dean: With this we shall take Government amendment No.46.
Mr Paul Dean: With this we shall take the following: New clause 7—Energy efficiency objectives— '.—The Director shall give due regard in the price regime which he approves to the achievement of standards of overall efficiency in the performance of the electricity companies in their duties to meet consumers' needs, and in particular the contribution made in achieving energy efficiency objectives laid...
Mr Paul Dean: Order.
Mr Paul Dean: There is a 10 o'clock business motion, on which the question will be put if the debate continues. It will be for the House to decide whether to accept the motion.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. The hon. Gentleman is now raising a point for debate, not a point of order for the Chair. Let me respond to the two earlier points of order. Unfortunately, it is often impossible to call every hon. Member who wishes to speak in debates on orders lasting for an hour and a half. Tonight's circumstances are therefore not unusual. I must tell the hon. Members concerned that I am not...
Mr Paul Dean: This is a matter for the discretion of the Chair, and I have given the House my decision.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. The hon. Member is making a speech in the guise of a point of order. I call the Minister.
Mr Paul Dean: Not on this occasion.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. The hon. Lady has made it clear that she will not give way.
Mr Paul Dean: That is a matter for debate; it is not a point of order.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. If the hon. Gentleman hopes to catch my eye, he is not improving his chances.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. I think that the Minister may find it somewhat difficult to respond to that intervention without widening the debate beyond the scope of the order.
Mr Paul Dean: I am sure that the Minister will remain in order when he responds.
Mr Paul Dean: I can confirm to both hon. Members that the Select Committee's report is relevant, and can be referred to.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. I remind the House that the 10-minute limit on speeches operates from 7 o'clock.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. It may seem a long time between now and 2 am, but a very large number of hon. Members wish to speak, so I hope that we shall maintain the momentum and that hon. Members will continue to limit their speeches to 10 minutes each on a voluntary basis.
Mr Paul Dean: Order.
Mr Paul Dean: That is not a matter for the Chair, but I am sure that what the hon. Gentleman has said will have been heard.