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Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [Lords] (Programme) (No. 2)

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

I beg to move,

That the Order of 15th June 2006 (Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [Lords] (Programme)) be varied as follows:

1. Paragraphs 5 and 6 of the Order shall be omitted.

2. Proceedings on consideration shall be taken in the following order: new Clauses; new Schedules; Amendments relating to Clause 1, Schedule 1, Clauses 2 and 3, Schedule 2, Clauses 4 to 6, Schedule 3, Clauses 7 to 22, Schedule 4 and Clauses 23 to 30; remaining proceedings on consideration.

3. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after the commencement of the proceedings on the motion for this Order.

4. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after the commencement of the proceedings on the motion for this Order.

Given the expedient way in which we dealt with the Bill in Committee, I have no doubt that we can do equally well in the two hours that we have allowed for the small number of amendments that have been selected and the hour allowed for Third Reading.

I have no objection to the timetable. Perhaps my only sadness is caused by the fact that the business was timetabled for today, and was moved so rapidly from tomorrow. I believe that when the business was originally announced we were to deal with Lords amendments to the Government of Wales Bill on Tuesday, enjoy a day’s break to recover, and then deal with this Bill on Thursday. I can only say that it is a tribute to the Minister’s—

I was merely going to pay the Minister a compliment., Madam Deputy Speaker. I am very glad that you have called Members to order so that they can hear it. I am impressed that the Government Whips felt so confident about the ability of the Minister and civil servants, and of course myself, to dispatch the business in a civilised and adult fashion that they decided to schedule it for the day after the Government of Wales Bill.

I can only apologise to colleagues who are tired of hearing the sound of my voice at the Dispatch Box, as well as the Minister’s, but I have no intention of asking them to troop through the Lobbies—although I think that, given the heat outside, many of them would be quite happy to stay and debate the Bill for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

I am happy to accede to the motion.

The hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs. Gillan) may become used to this if she deals with Northern Ireland business. Statutory Instrument Committees often take place at the same time as parliamentary business relating to Northern Ireland. It has been a source of frustration to me that the timing of business sometimes falls in impossible ways.

The Liberal Democrats consider the timing sufficient. Assuming that the Minister is willing to show humility and common sense, and to accept the sage guidance and counsel of the hon. Lady and of my hon. Friend the Member for Ceredigion (Mark Williams), I am sure that we shall be finished in minutes rather than hours.

Question put and agreed to.