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The Standing Committee on the Communications Bill

\"bigben\"The Committee met on Tuesday 10th December at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to consider the Bill. It will be meeting in public session on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the next few weeks to go through the Bill. Dates, times and the membership of the committee are listed below.

Times are as follows: Tues 10th Dec 10.30am & 4.30pm Thurs 12th Dec 8.55am & 2.30pm Tues 17th Dec 10.30am & 4.30pm Thurs 19th Dec 8.55am Tues 7th Jan 4.30 Thurs 9th Jan 8.55am & 2.30pm And then every Tues and Thurs at 8.55am and 2.30pm until Thurs 6th Feb. Each session lasts 2 hrs 30 mins and is open to the public. Here is the link for the proceedings: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200203/cmstand/e/cmcoms.htm We have mailed our CPBF material to all members of the Standing Committee and also emailed our amendments to them. We have organised a meeting with Simon Thomas MP (Plaid) for Monday 16 December and are trying to finalise metings with Nick Harvey MP (LibDem) Richard Allan MP (LibDem), Huw Irranca-Davies MP (Lab) and Tom Watson MP (Lab). The publicity sub-committee met on 9 December and is working on placing articles in the Media Guardian, Guardian Comment section, the New Statesman, Times Educational Supplement and on contacting ‘Newsnight' to suggest a feature. The TUC is sending its parliamentary briefing to members of the Standing Committee and Policy Officer Janet Williamson is inviting unions from the inter-union group to a meeting on Tuesday 17 December at Congress House to discuss other possible actions. Standing Committee Timetable Sitting, proceedings and time for conclusion of proceedings (1st sitting being 10th Dec 10.30, 2nd sitting 10th Dec 4.30 etc) 1st Clauses 1 and 2, Schedule 1, Clauses 3 to 26, Schedule 2 and Clause 27 2nd 1 and 2, Schedule 1, Clauses 3 to 26, Schedule 2 and Clause 27 (so far as not previously concluded) 3rd 1 and 2, Schedule 1, Clauses 3 to 26, Schedule 2 and Clause 27 (so far as not previously concluded) 11.25 am 4th 28 to 59 and Clauses 61 to 68 5th 28 to 59 and Clauses 61 to 68 (so far as not previously concluded) 1 pm 6th 69 and 70, Clauses 73 to 102, Schedule 3, Clauses 103 to 114, Schedule 4 and Clauses 115 to 146 7th 69 and 70, Clauses 73 to 102, Schedule 3, Clauses 103 to 114, Schedule 4 and Clauses 115 to 146 (so far as not previously concluded) 8th 69 and 70, Clauses 73 to 102, Schedule 3, Clauses 103 to 114, Schedule 4 and Clauses 115 to 146 (so far as not previously concluded) 7 pm 9th 147 to 152, Clause 154, Schedule 5, Clauses 155 to 157, Clauses 159 to 169, Clauses 173 to 175, Schedule 6, Clauses 176 and 177, Schedule 7, Clauses 178 to 187, Schedule 8 and Clauses 188 to 192 10th 147 to 152, Clause 154, Schedule 5, Clauses 155 to 157, Clauses 159 to 169, Clauses 173 to 175, Schedule 6, Clauses 176 and 177, Schedule 7, Clauses 178 to 187, Schedule 8 and Clauses 188 to 192 (so far as not previously concluded) 5 pm 11th 193 and 194, Schedule 9, Clauses 195 to 214, Schedule 10, Clauses 215 to 237, Clause 153, Clauses 170 to 172 and Clause 238 12th 193 and 194, Schedule 9, Clauses 195 to 214, Schedule 10, Clauses 215 to 237, Clause 153, Clauses 170 to 172 and Clause 238 (so far as not previously concluded) 13th 193 and 194, Schedule 9, Clauses 195 to 214, Schedule 10, Clauses 215 to 237, Clause 153, Clauses 170 to 172 and Clause 238 (so far as not previously concluded) 11.25 am 14th 239 to 263, Clause 60, Clauses 71 and 72, Clauses 264 to 275 15th 239 to 263, Clause 60, Clauses 71 and 72, Clauses 264 to 275 (so far as not previously concluded) 16th 239 to 263, Clause 60, Clauses 71 and 72, Clauses 264 to 275 (so far as not previously concluded) 5 pm 17th 276 to 284, Schedule 11, Clauses 285 to 326, Schedule 12, Clauses 327 to 333, Schedule 13 and Clause 334 18th 276 to 284, Schedule 11, Clauses 285 to 326, Schedule 12, Clauses 327 to 333, Schedule 13 and Clause 334 (so far as not previously concluded) 19th 276 to 284, Schedule 11, Clauses 285 to 326, Schedule 12, Clauses 327 to 333, Schedule 13 and Clause 334 (so far as not previously concluded) 11.25 am 20th 335 to 337, Schedule 14, Clauses 338 to 346, Schedule 15, Clauses 347 to 354 21st 335 to 337, Schedule 14, Clauses 338 to 346, Schedule 15, Clauses 347 to 354 (so far as not previously concluded) 22nd 335 to 337, Schedule 14, Clauses 338 to 346, Schedule 15, Clauses 347 to 354 (so far as not previously concluded) 5 pm 23rd 355 to 375 and Schedule 16 24th 355 to 375 and Schedule 16 (so far as not previously concluded) 25th 376 to 386, Clause 158, Clauses 387 to 391, Schedules 17 to 19, Clauses 392 to 395, New Clauses, New Schedules and remaining proceedings on the Bill 26th 376 to 386, Clause 158, Clauses 387 to 391, Schedules 17 to 19, Clauses 392 to 395, New Clauses, New Schedules and remaining proceedings on the Bill (so far as not previously concluded) Membership of Standing Committee Chairmen: Mr. Peter Atkinson and Mr. Roger Gale Allen, Mr. Richard (Sheffield, Hallam) Bryant, Mr. Chris (Rhondda) Coaker, Vernon (Gedling) Dhanda, Mr. Parmjit (Gloucester) Fabricant, Michael (Lichfield) Greenway, Mr. John (Ryedale) Harvey, Nick (North Devon) Hoban, Mr. Mark (Fareham) Howells, Dr. Kim (Minister for Tourism, Film and Broadcasting) Irranca-Davies, Huw (Ogmore) Joyce, Mr. Eric (Falkirk, West) Lansley, Mr. Andrew (South Cambridgeshire) MacDonald, Mr. Calum (Western Isles) McGuire, Mrs. Anne (Stirling) Miller, Mr. Andrew (Ellesmere Port and Neston) Murphy, Mr. Jim (Eastwood) Palmer, Dr. Nick (Broxtowe) Picking, Anne (East Lothian) Robathan, Mr. Andrew (Blaby) Robertson, John (Glasgow, Anniesland) Thomas, Mr. Simon (Ceredigion) Timms, Mr. Stephen (Minister for E-Commerce and Competitiveness) Watson, Mr. Tom (West Bromwich, East) White, Brian (Milton Keynes, North-East) Whittingdale, Mr. John (Maldon and East Chelmsford) Colin Lee, Committee Clerk tel. 020 7219 3253


DATELINE: 25 January, 2010