My Lords, Members are encouraged to leave some distance between themselves and others and to wear a face covering when not speaking. Before the start of today’s proceedings on the Charities Bill, it may be helpful if I say a word about the procedure we will follow.
In nearly all respects, our proceedings will be identical to those of a Grand Committee: any Member of the House may attend and speak; Members should stand when speaking; Members may speak more than once to each amendment or Motion; and I will ask the Committee to stand part each clause.
The main difference from Grand Committee is that the Committee may vote on amendments or the questions that clauses stand part of the Bill. If, when I collect the voices, it is clear that there is no agreement, I will call a Division which will take place straightaway. Only Members of the Committee may vote. The clerk will call out each name in alphabetical order and Members should reply “Content”, “Not content” or “Abstain”. I will then announce the result and call the next amendment or Motion.
It may be for the convenience of the Committee if certain sequential amendments are taken en bloc. However, if any Member objects, they must be moved separately to the extent desired. I also remind Members to declare any interests which have not already been declared. Finally, I remind the Committee that we are sitting in public and being recorded.