Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)),
That the draft Contracts for Difference (Allocation) and Electricity Market Reform (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2022, which were laid before this House on 11 May, be approved.—(Mr Marcus Jones.)
Question agreed to.
Estimates (Liaison Committee Recommendation)
Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 145(3)),
That this House agrees with the Report of the Liaison Committee of 27 June:
(1) That a day not later than 5 August be allotted for the consideration of the following Estimates for financial year 2022-23: Department for Work and Pensions, insofar as it relates to the spending of the Department for Work and Pensions on the cost of living measures; Office of the Secretary of State for Wales, insofar as it relates to the spending of the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales on measures to support the Welsh economy, and its consequences for funding the devolved institutions; and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, insofar as it relates to the spending of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on action on climate change and decarbonisation;
(2) That a further day not later than 5 August be allotted for consideration of the following Estimates for financial year 2022-23: Department for Education; and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, insofar as it relates to the spending of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on the strategy for international development.—(Mr Marcus Jones.)
Question agreed to.
On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Earlier today, during my statement on the Met police, there was an exchange about the prior notification of the contents of my statement to the Opposition. On reviewing the fast-moving events of the morning, it was clear that we could have sent an updated copy to the hon. Member for Croydon Central (Sarah Jones), which would have contained some but not all of the amendments I and others had made. In that regard, my comments were not completely accurate. For that, and the associated discourtesy, I apologise to you, to the hon. Lady and to the House, and undertake that there will be no repeat.
Further to that point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank the Policing Minister for checking the records and the emails, as I requested him to do at the end of the statement earlier, and for correcting the record. Clearly, it was not a last-minute addition, as he had said, to put so many additional deliberate political attacks into the statement. Obviously, it should not have taken my asking such forensic questions to elicit this and to elicit this apology in the first place. Given that this is such an incredibly sensitive and serious subject—the future of the Metropolitan police—and that we have had repeated examples of this, could you use your offices to urge other Departments not to add in these political statements that are not included in the statements that are given to the House? In addition, will you urge Ministers to see this as a lesson to stop playing political games with something so important?
I thank both right hon. Members for their points of order and their forward notice of them. Clearly, both stand on the record and I am grateful as well that the correction has been made at the earliest possible moment. As for what the right hon. Lady has said, those on the Treasury Bench will have heard her comments and will make sure they get noted and followed by all Departments.