Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords]

– in a Public Bill Committee am ar 30 Tachwedd 2021.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

[Mrs Maria Miller in the Chair]

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller Ceidwadwyr, Basingstoke 9:25, 30 Tachwedd 2021

Before we begin, I have a few preliminary announcements. I encourage Members to wear a face covering, except when they are speaking or if they are exempt. That is in line with the Commission’s recommendations. Hansard colleagues would be grateful if Members could email their speaking notes to the usual address. I remind Members to switch electronic devices off or to silent, and that tea and coffee are not allowed during sittings.

Today, we will first consider the programme motion on the amendment paper, and then a motion to enable the reporting of written evidence for publication. The programme motion, which stands in the Minister’s name, was discussed yesterday by the Programming Sub-Committee for the Bill.



1. the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 30 November) meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 30 November;

(b) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 2 December;

(c) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 7 December;

2. the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 7 December.


That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.—(Alex Burghart.)

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller Ceidwadwyr, Basingstoke

Copies of written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room and will be circulated to Members by email in the usual way.

The Committee will now proceed to line-by-line consideration of the Bill. The selection list for today’s sitting is available on the table; it shows how the selected amendments have been grouped together for debate. Amendments grouped together are generally on the same or a similar issue. Please note that decisions on amendments take place not in the order in which they are debated, but in the order that they appear on the amendment paper. The selection and grouping list shows the order of debates. Decisions on each amendment are taken when we come to the clause to which the amendment relates.

A number of newer Members are present, so I will go through this for clarity. A Member who has put their name to the leading amendment in a group is called first. Other Members are then free to catch my eye to speak on all or any of the amendments in that group. A Member may speak more than once in a single debate.

At the end of a debate on a group of amendments, I shall call the Member who moved the leading amendment again. Before they sit down, they will need to indicate whether they wish to withdraw the amendment, or seek a decision—a vote. If a Member wishes to press any other amendment in a group to a vote, they need to let me know. I am not a mind reader—bear that in mind.