Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Bill [Lords]

– in a Public Bill Committee am ar 22 Chwefror 2012.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

[Mr David Amess in the Chair]

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 2:00, 22 Chwefror 2012

I beg to move,

That the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Bill [Lords] Committee do meet on Wednesdays when the House is sitting at Two o'clock.

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Amess. The Bill implements a series of changes to the law that are widely supported and have long been necessary. The recommendations have been made by the Law Commission. In case the Committee does not fully consider the Bill today, the sittings motion enables us to sit every Wednesday at 2 o’clock while the House is sitting. So perhaps that is an incentive for us all.

Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Shadow Minister (Treasury)

Does that include the provision to sit beyond this Session of Parliament? Could we carry the Bill over, for example? Most importantly, does the Minister have any idea about consideration on Report? Can he confirm that that will take place on the Floor of the House?

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

There is no carry-over motion attached to the Bill and clearly, if it were to be carried over to the next Session there would have to be a motion debated on the Floor of the House. The hon. Gentleman will be aware, as he participated in the debate on Second Reading, which was held in a Committee room rather than in the Chamber, that a special procedure relates to Law Commission Bills. I cannot confirm that the Bill will be considered on Report on the Floor of the House, because I am not entirely sure that I know what the procedure is myself. I would advise him to seek counsel, if not comfort, from the Clerks on this matter.

Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Shadow Minister (Treasury)

On a point of order, Mr Amess. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. Even though we had this rather bizarre arrangement of sending the Bill to a Committee for its Second Reading—a practice that should be avoided, especially when there is no other business going on in the House, the Government having mismanaged their programme so abysmally—I am pretty sure that Report and Third Reading will be on the Floor of the House. Can you confirm that? I do not have any other problems with the motion, but I am quite anxious for some clarification on this.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Further to that point of order, Mr Amess. Perhaps I can provide some clarification, having received a degree of illumination while the hon. Gentleman was speaking: consideration on Report will take place on the Floor of the House.

Question put and agreed to.