Evidence Session (Sections 4500-4511)|
28 MARCH 2006
4500. CHAIRMAN: Thank you very much,
Ms Gillatt, for hurrying back to join us, we appreciated that.
4501. I think we have reached the point of
final submissions. Are you going to begin, Mr Jones, or are you
going to do a double act?
4502. MR JONES: My Lord Chairman, I
understood the Committee was sitting until four today.
4503. CHAIRMAN: You are entirely right,
we did say we were going to sit until four today. Is it inconvenient
to you that we begin submissions now? Because, if it is, and I
did say four, then we will stop now.
4504. MR JONES: It is. I would prefer
also that we give our closing submissions together if there is
to be a break so that I hope I would be able to make my closing
submissions somewhat punchier if I could have a little bit of
extra time to put some of the interesting evidence that we have
heard this afternoon.
4505. CHAIRMAN: In the circumstances
I think we have little choice but to accept what you say and hope
very much that the punch will be there on Thursday morning. We
are unable to sit tomorrow for various reasons, as we have already
indicated. We therefore will meet again on Thursday morning. I
had imagined that we would be deliberating by then and therefore
I have only shared this thought with members of the Committee.
I would like to suggest that it might be convenient were we to
start at 10 o'clock on Thursday, if that would suit everybody.
In which case may I suggest we re-convene on Thursday morning
at 10 o'clock when we will hear submissions from counsel for both
the Petitioners and for the Promoters and the Committee will deliberate
4506. MR ASPREY: My Lord Chairman, I
wonder if I might make a gentle enquiry as to when you expect
to give your decision on the various sections?
4507. CHAIRMAN: I believe that we shall
be in a position to give our decisions very shortly thereafter
and if I may very respectfully say to all counsel that the sooner
we are able to get to deliberate the quicker we shall be. In all
seriousness, Mr Asprey, we are well down the line, as you know
we have already deliberated as we have gone through the process,
so really all we have left to deliberate on of any substance is
4508. MR ASPREY: Really my question
was are you intending to deliver a decision on Thursday?
4509. CHAIRMAN: I think we are very
much hoping to do that so I hope you will be able to stay with
4510. MR ASPREY: Thank you.
4511. CHAIRMAN: 10 o'clock on Thursday
morning. Thank you very much everybody.
Adjourned until 10 o'clock on Thursday,
30 March 2006.