House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday
2nd February 2016

No. 109

The House met at 11.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Private Bills: City of London Corporation (Open Spaces) Bill: Second Reading

Bill read a second time and committed.

2 Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

3 Urgent Questions: (1) UK’s relationship with the EU (Mr David Lidington)

(2) Zika virus (Mr Nick Hurd)

4 Mobile Telecommunications Network Coverage (Contractual Obligations): Motion for leave to bring in a Bill (Standing Order No. 23)

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the disclosure of the quality of mobile telecommunications network coverage by providers and establish penalties for non-compliance; to provide recourse for consumers who enter contracts for such services that do not perform as advertised; and for connected purposes;

That Mr Alistair Carmichael, Tim Farron, Norman Lamb, Mr Mark Williams, Albert Owen, Graham Stuart, Nick Smith, Mr Charles Walker, Ms Margaret Ritchie and Glyn Davies present the Bill.

Mr Alistair Carmichael accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 4 March, and to be printed (Bill 126).

5 Enterprise Bill [Lords]: Second Reading

Motion made and Question proposed, That the Enterprise Bill be now read a second time.-(Sajid Javid.)

The Deputy Speaker announced a time limit on backbench speeches (Standing Order No. 47(1)).

Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 181.

Ayes: 300 (Tellers: Sarah Newton, Stephen Barclay).

Noes: 62 (Tellers: Marion Fellows, Owen Thompson).

Question accordingly agreed to.

Bill accordingly read a second time.

6 Enterprise Bill [Lords] (Programme)

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83A(7)), That the following provisions shall apply to the Enterprise Bill [Lords]:

Committal

(1) The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

(2) Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 25 February 2016.

(3) The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading

(4) Proceedings on Consideration and proceedings in legislative grand committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

(5) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

(6) Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading.

Other proceedings

(7) Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of any message from the Lords) may be programmed.-(Kris Hopkins.)

Question agreed to.

7 Enterprise Bill [Lords] (Money)

Queen’s Recommendation signified.

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Enterprise Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise:

(1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of:

(a) any expenditure incurred under or by virtue of the Act by the Treasury, any other Minister of the Crown or the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs;

(b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided; and

(2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund.-(Kris Hopkins.)

Question agreed to.

8 House of Commons Commission (External Members)

Ordered, That the following appointments be made to the House of Commons Commission in pursuance of section 1(4) of the House of Commons Commission Act 2015-

(1) Dame Janet Gaymer DBE QC (Hon.), until 30 September 2018; and

(2) Jane McCall, for a period of three years.-(Dr Thérèse Coffey.)

9 Church of England (General Synod) (Measures)

(1) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure (HC 722), passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for her Royal Assent in the form in which it was laid before Parliament.-(Mrs Caroline Spelman.)

Question agreed to.

(2) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the Diocesan Stipends Fund (Amendment) Measure (HC 723), passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for her Royal Assent in the form in which it was laid before Parliament-(Mrs Caroline Spelman.)

Question agreed to.

10 Common Foreign and Security Policy, Including Common Security and Defence Policy

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11)), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 11083/15, Main aspects and basic choices of the CFSP (part II, point E, paragraph 25 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013)–2014: Draft Annual Report from the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to the European Parliament; and welcomes the constructive coordination between EU Member States and Institutions to achieve a range of positive foreign policy outcomes.-(Kris Hopkins.)

Question agreed to.

11 Business of the House (8 February)

Ordered, That, at the sitting on Monday 8 February, the provisions of Standing Orders No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents) and No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply to the Motion in the name of Justin Tomlinson relating to the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2016 and the Motion in the name of Mr Shailesh Vara relating to the draft State Pension (Amendment) Regulations 2016; the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of those Motions not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first of those Motions; and proceedings on those Motions may continue, though opposed, after the moment of interruption.-(Kris Hopkins.)

12 Adjournment

Subject: Real time credit scoring (Chris Evans).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Kris Hopkins.)

Adjourned at 7.49 pm until tomorrow.

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Other proceedings

Lords Messages

13 Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords]

The Lords agree without amendment to the amendments made by the Commons to the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords].

14 Childcare Bill [Lords]

The Lords agree without amendment to the amendments made by the Commons to the Childcare Bill [Lords].

Changes to Notices Given

15 Ovarian Cancer (Information) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 5 February, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 11 March.

16 Armed Forces Covenant (Implementation) (United Kingdom) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 5 February, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 4 March.

17 Convicted Prisoners Voting Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 5 February, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 26 February.

18 UK Borders Control Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 5 February, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 26 February.

19 House of Lords (Maximum Membership) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 5 February, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 26 February.

20 Off-patent Drugs Bill

Order for Second Reading read and discharged.

Bill withdrawn.

General Committees: Reports

21 Energy Bill [Lords]

Mr Adrian Bailey (Chair) reported written evidence submitted to the Committee.

Written evidence to be published.

22 First Delegated Legislation Committee

Ms Karen Buck (Chair) reported the draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2016.

23 Second Delegated Legislation Committee

Mr Nigel Evans (Chair) reported the draft Warrington (Electoral Changes) Order 2016.

24 European Committee B in respect of Unnumbered European Union Documents, a European Parliament Resolution of 11 November 2015 on the reform of the electoral law of the European Union, and a Proposal for a Council Decision adopting the provisions amending the Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage.

Mr George Howarth (Chair) reported the following Resolution:

That this Committee takes note of Unnumbered European Union Documents, a European Parliament Resolution of 11 November 2015 on the reform of the electoral law of the European Union, and a Proposal for a Council Decision adopting the provisions amending the Act concerning the election of members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage; supports the Government’s initial view that it is not persuaded of the merits of many of the proposed measures, and that a number of the proposals concern issues that should be decided at a national level; further notes that there is a power of national veto in respect of the European Parliament’s Proposal, and that the Government is therefore not committed to agreeing to any of the proposed measures; and considers that the Proposed Council Decision does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity for the reasons set out in annex 2 to Chapter 1 of the Nineteenth Report of the European Scrutiny Committee (HC 342-xviii) and, in accordance with Article 6 of Protocol (No. 2) annexed to the EU Treaties on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, instructs the Clerk of the House to forward this reasoned opinion to the Presidents of the European Institutions.

General Committees: Appointments

The Speaker appoints the Chair of General Committees and members of Programming Sub-Committees, and allocates Statutory Instruments to Delegated Legislation Committees.

The Committee of Selection nominates Members to serve on General Committees (and certain Members to serve on Grand Committees).

25 Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Warrington (Electoral Changes) Order 2016)

Members: Mr John Baron and Craig Mackinlay discharged and Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Sheryll Murray nominated in substitution.

26 European Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 11470/15 and Addenda 1–6, a Commission Report: Protection of the European Union’s financial interests-Fight against fraud annual report 2014 and unnumbered European Union Documents, the European Court of Auditors’ 2014 Annual Reports on the implementation of the budget, and on the activities funded by the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th European Development Funds

Members: Conor McGinn discharged and Sue Hayman nominated in substitution.

Reports from Select Committees

27 Backbench Business Committee

Determination of business to be taken on 8 February in the Chamber and 11 February in the Chamber and Westminster Hall, with Annex containing a transcript of representations made on 2 February, to be published (Ian Mearns).

28 Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

Exports and the role of UKTI: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 741) (Mr Iain Wright).

29 Defence Committee

(1) UK military operations in Syria and Iraq: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 657);

(2) An acceptable risk? The use of Lariam for military personnel: Written evidence, to be published (HC 567);

(3) Defence expenditure and the 2% pledge: Written evidence, to be published (HC 494);

(4) Publication of the Strategic Defence and Security Review: Written evidence, to be published (HC 626)

(Dr Julian Lewis).

30 Energy and Climate Change Committee

(1) Future of carbon capture and storage in the UK:

(i) Second Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 692);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC692);

(2) Investor confidence in the UK energy sector: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 542);

(3) Low carbon network infrastructure: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 613);

(4) Correspondence with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, relating to the Inter-Ministerial group on clean growth: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) Home energy efficiency and demand reduction: Written evidence, to be published (HC 552)

(Glyn Davies).

31 Foreign Affairs Committee

ISIL financing: Oral evidence taken before the Sub-Committee, to be published (HC 783) (Mr John Baron).

32 Health Committee

Impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review on health and social care: Written evidence, to be published (HC 678) (Dr Sarah Wollaston).

33 High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill Select Committee

High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 129) (Mr Robert Syms).

34 Home Affairs Committee

(1) Countering extremism: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 428);

(2) Asylum accommodation: Written evidence, to be published (HC 769);

(3) Police investigations and the role of the Crown Prosecution Service: Responses to the Committee’s Third Report of Session 2015–16: Written evidence, to be published (HC 742)

(Keith Vaz).

35 International Development Committee

(1) Correspondence with the Secretary of State for International Development relating to the crisis in Yemen: Written evidence, to be published (HC 532);

(2) Crisis in Yemen: Written evidence, to be published (HC 532);

(3) DFID’s allocation of resources: Written evidence, to be published (HC 533)

(Stephen Twigg).

36 Justice Committee

Young adult offenders: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 397) (Robert Neill).

37 Petitions Committee

(1) Record of the Committee’s decisions relating to e-petitions, to be published;

(2) List of closed e-petitions presented to the House, to be published;

(3) Make the setting up of traveller sites without permission illegal: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Theresa May to go on patrol with a police force for a full set of night shifts: Written evidence, to be published

(Helen Jones).

38 Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Inter-institutional relations in the UK: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 525) (Mr Bernard Jenkin).

39 Science and Technology Committee

(1) Work of the Chief Medical Officer: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 779);

(2) Big data dilemma: Written evidence, to be published (HC 468);

(3) Digital skills gap: Written evidence, to be published (HC 740);

(4) Satellites and space: Written evidence, to be published (HC 804)

(Graham Stringer).

40 Standards (Committee on)

(1) IPSA Annual Report and Accounts 2014–15: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 778);

(2) Codes of Conduct and rules systems in other jurisdictions: Written evidence, to be published

(Kevin Barron).

41 Treasury Committee

(1) Shifting sands: Inquiry into UK tax policy and the tax base: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 785);

(2) Quarterly tax returns: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Andrew Tyrie).

42 Women and Equalities Committee

(1) Women in executive management: Oral evidence and written evidence, to be published (HC 781);

(2) Correspondence with the British Retail Consortium and various retailers (Argos, Bic UK, Boots, Levi Strauss UK, Playmobil and Tesco) relating to pricing differentials: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence with the Chancellor of the Exchequer relating to the invitation for a Treasury minister to give evidence to the Committee: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Correspondence with the Chair of the Petitions Committee relating to the introduction of LGBT sex education as a compulsory part of the school curriculum: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) Correspondence with the Chair of the Petitions Committee relating to transitional state pension arrangements for 1950s women: Written evidence, to be published;

(6) Correspondence with the Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales relating to removal of the Chair of Cleveland Police Federation: Written evidence, to be published;

(7) Correspondence with the Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee relating to transitional state pension arrangements for 1950s women: Written evidence, to be published;

(8) Correspondence with the Minister of State for Pensions relating to transitional state pension arrangements for 1950s women: Written evidence, to be published;

(9) Correspondence with the Minister for Women and Equalities relating to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015: Written evidence, to be published;

(10) Correspondence with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government relating to race equality strategy: Written evidence, to be published

(Mrs Maria Miller).

John Bercow

Speaker

The Speaker will take the Chair at 11.30 am.

Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting began at 9.30 am.

Business appointed by the Chairman of Ways and Means (Standing Order No. 10(6))

(1) Regional airports and UK airports capacity

Motion made, That this House has considered regional airports and UK airports capacity.-(Catherine McKinnell.)

The Chair announced a time limit on backbench speeches (under the authority of the Chairman of Ways and Means and Standing Order No. 47(1)).

Question proposed, That this House has considered regional airports and UK airports capacity.

Question put and agreed to.

(2) Financial consequences for Caerphilly County Borough Council of legal action against its senior officers

Resolved, That this House has considered financial consequences for Caerphilly County Borough Council of legal action against its senior officers.-(Wayne David.)

The sitting was suspended between 11.21 am and 2.30 pm (Standing Order No. 10(1)(b)).

(3) A&E services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

Resolved, That this House has considered A&E services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.-(Jason McCartney.)

(4) Telford Co-operative Multi Academy Trust schools

Resolved, That this House has considered Telford Co-operative Multi Academy Trust schools.-(Lucy Allan.)

The sitting was suspended between 4.18 pm and 4.30 pm.

(5) Gender pricing

Resolved, That this House has considered gender pricing.-(Paula Sherriff.)

Sitting adjourned without Question put (Standing Order No. 10(14)).

Adjourned at 5.24 pm until tomorrow.

Lindsay Hoyle

Chairman of Ways and Means

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1 Environmental Protection

Draft Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Elizabeth Truss).

2 Financial Services and Markets

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Harriett Baldwin).

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3 Capital Gains Tax

Tax Avoidance Schemes (Prescribed Descriptions of Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I., 2016, No. 99), dated 1 February 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr David Gauke).

4 European Union No. 1 (2016)

Cooperation Agreement, done at Brussels on 18 December 2013, between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Swiss Confederation, of the other, on the European Satellite Navigation Programmes, with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Cm. 9196) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

5 Luxembourg No. 1 (2016)

Agreement, done at London on 8 September 2015, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Concerning the Protection of Classified Information, with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Cm. 9197) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

Other Papers:

6 Environmental Audit

Government Response to the Second Report from the Environmental Audit Committee, Session 2015–16, on The Future of the Green Investment Bank (by Command) (Cm. 9201) (Secretary Sajid Javid).

7 Foreign and Commonwealth

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 2 February 2016, concerning the gifting of equipment to the Jordanian Public Security Department (by Command) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

8 Treaty Series No. 10 (2016)

Treaty, done at Beijing on 2 December 2013, between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the People’s Republic of China on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (by Command) (Cm. 9199) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

9 Treaty Series No. 9 (2016)

Articles of Agreement, done at Beijing on 29 June 2015, of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (by Command) (Cm. 9198) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

Withdrawn Papers:

10 Tax Credits

Draft Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (laid 7 September 2015).

PANEL OF CHAIRS

The Speaker has nominated Joan Ryan to be a member of the Panel of Chairs during the present Parliament (Standing Order No. 4(1)).

 

Prepared 2nd February 2016