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Arrangement of Business

Volume 730: debated on Monday 10 October 2011


Good afternoon, my Lords. I begin by reminding the Committee that if there is a Division in the Chamber while the Committee is in session, the Committee will adjourn at the sound of the Division Bell and resume 10 minutes thereafter. May I also remind Members of the Committee of the new procedure during Grand Committee on the Bill for Divisions in the Chamber? Members who have registered with the Clerk of the Parliaments may vote in their places in the Grand Committee provided they are present in the Grand Committee when the question is put in the Chamber after three minutes. Members who have not registered or who are not here at the three-minute mark will not be able to vote in their places. I hope that is clear.

It has been brought to my attention that some Members of the Committee are occasionally having some difficulty in hearing other Members when they speak, so may I recommend to speakers that they speak up? There is no need to push any buttons on the microphone stands; the microphones are automatically on and you need do nothing but speak into them.