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Committee of the whole House: 23 March 2020              

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Coronavirus Bill, continued

 
 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

John McDonnell

 

Jonathan Ashworth

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Justin Madders

 

Mr Nicholas Brown

 

NC4

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Duty to support basic means of living

 

The Prime Minister must make, and lay before Parliament, arrangements to

 

ensure that everyone in the United Kingdom has access to the basic means of

 

living including food, water, fuel, clothing, income and housing, employing all

 

available statutory and prerogative powers.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause sets an overarching responsibility for the Government to use all its powers to

 

ensure that everyone in the United Kingdom has access to the basic means of living throughout the

 

present coronavirus emergency.

 


 

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

 

NC5

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Guidance on identification, support and assistance for victims of slavery or

 

human trafficking during the coronavirus emergency

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must issue guidance to such public authorities and other

 

persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate about continuing the

 

process for identifying persons in the United Kingdom who may be a victim of

 

slavery or human trafficking during the coronavirus emergency.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State must issue guidance to such public authorities and other

 

persons in England and Wales as the Secretary of State considers appropriate

 

about continuing arrangements for providing assistance and support to persons

 

during the coronavirus emergency where there—

 

(a)    

are reasonable grounds to believe the person may be a victim of slavery

 

or human trafficking; and

 

(b)    

is a conclusive determination that the person is a victim of slavery or

 

human trafficking.

 

(3)    

The guidance in subsection (2) must include—

 

(a)    

whether a victim who is on immigration bail must remain at an address

 

where another occupant is experiencing the coronavirus disease;

 

(b)    

on-going provision of a support worker to victims and the ability of the

 

victim to receive financial support, where either a support worker or a

 

victim has the coronavirus disease or has had to self-isolate;

 

(c)    

provision of accommodation for victims who may need to leave current

 

accommodation because of concerns about the coronavirus disease; and

 

(d)    

provision of accommodation for victims who have the coronavirus

 

disease.


 
 

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(4)    

The Secretary of State must liaise with the Northern Ireland Executive and

 

Scottish Ministers about how the guidance issued under subsection (2) may have

 

relevance for the support and assistance of victims in those jurisdictions.

 

(5)    

For the purposes of subsection (2)—

 

(a)    

there are reasonable grounds to believe that a person is a victim of slavery

 

or human trafficking if a competent authority has determined for the

 

purposes of Article 10 of the Trafficking Convention (identification of

 

victims) that there are such grounds;

 

(b)    

there is a conclusive determination that a person is or is not a victim of

 

slavery or human trafficking when, on completion of the identification

 

process required by Article 10 of the Trafficking Convention, a

 

competent authority concludes that the person is or is not such a victim.

 

(c)    

“competent authority” means a person who is a competent authority of

 

the United Kingdom for the purposes of the Council of Europe

 

Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause requires the Government to set out its plans for continuing to identify and support

 

victims of modern slavery during the coronavirus emergency.

 


 

Bob Seely

 

Angus Brendan MacNeil

 

NC6

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Powers relating to transport for isolated and island communities

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State, or relevant Minister in the devolved Administrations, may

 

issue a direction to such ferry, bus and rail operators as the Secretary of State or

 

relevant Minister thinks fit to—

 

(a)    

work together to produce a plan for the continuing provision of a resilient

 

transport service to isolated and island communities; and

 

(b)    

implement the plan to a timescale specified by the Secretary of State or

 

relevant Minister.

 

(2)    

The plan in subsection (1)(a) must cover—

 

(a)    

the provision of food, medicines and other essential goods; and

 

(b)    

the provision of passenger transportation to enable people to travel for

 

essential purposes, including medical purposes.

 

(3)    

The direction in subsection (1) supersedes all existing legislation, including but

 

not limited to the Competition Act 1998, that would otherwise prevent operators

 

from working together in the ways set out in subsections (1) and (2).

 

(4)    

The direction in subsection (1) must be given in writing to the ferry, bus and rail

 

operators concerned.

 

(5)    

In this section “isolated communities” means:

 

(a)    

islands that are part of the United Kingdom but are not connected to the

 

mainland by a bridge or tunnel, or

 

(b)    

communities with a population density of less than 100 people per

 

kilometre.”

 



 
 

Committee of the whole House: 23 March 2020              

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Coronavirus Bill, continued

 
 

Stuart C McDonald

 

NC7

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Immigration and Asylum

 

Schedule ( ) contains temporary changes to immigration and asylum laws and

 

procedures for the purposes of preventing, protecting against, controlling or

 

providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection or

 

contamination.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause is linked to NS1.

 


 

Munira Wilson

 

Sir Edward Davey

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Wendy Chamberlain

 

Daisy Cooper

 

Tim Farron

Wera Hobhouse

Christine Jardine

Layla Moran

Sarah Olney

Jamie Stone

 

NC8

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Provision of education to pupils no longer attending school

 

(1)    

A school or provider of 16 to 18 education that closes because of the coronavirus

 

outbreak, whether because of a temporary closure direction issued under

 

Schedule 15 or otherwise, has a duty to ensure that its pupils continue to receive

 

educational provision.

 

(2)    

The educational provision in subsection (1) may include—

 

(a)    

lessons set by a teacher, such as via videoconferencing or the setting of

 

assignments, or

 

(b)    

teaching resources, including but not limited to textbooks or software.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State must, as soon as is reasonably practicable, indemnify the

 

school or provider of 16 to 18 education for all reasonable purchases of teaching

 

resources for pupils and staff that the head of the school or provider of 16 to 18

 

education considers necessary for it to fulfil the duty in subsection (1).

 

(4)    

In this section, “provider of 16 to 18 education” means

 

(a)    

a 16 to 19 Academy, within the meaning of section 1B of the Academies

 

Act 2010;

 

(b)    

an institution within the further education sector, within the meaning of

 

section 91(3) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992;

 

(c)    

a provider of post-16 education or training—

 

(i)    

to which Chapter 3 of Part 8 of the Education and Inspections

 

Act 2006 applies, and

 

(ii)    

in respect of which funding is provided by, or under,

 

arrangements made by the Secretary of State, a local authority or

 

a combined authority established under section 103 of the Local


 
 

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Coronavirus Bill, continued

 
 

Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act

 

2009,

 

    

but does not include an employer who is a provider by reason only of the

 

employer providing such education or training to its employees.”

 


 

Munira Wilson

 

Sir Edward Davey

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Wendy Chamberlain

 

Daisy Cooper

 

Tim Farron

Wera Hobhouse

Christine Jardine

Layla Moran

Sarah Olney

Jamie Stone

Stephen Farry

 

NC9

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Social security

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must, by regulations —

 

(a)    

increase the value of the benefits specified in subsection (2) so that, for

 

the tax year beginning on 6 April 2020—

 

(i)    

an individual not in work will be awarded at least £150 per week,

 

and

 

(ii)    

a couple who are both not in work will be awarded at least £260

 

a week.

 

(b)    

disapply the minimum income floor of universal credit for the tax year

 

beginning on 6 April 2020;

 

(c)    

provide that, for the tax year beginning on 6 April 2020—

 

(i)    

households newly claiming universal credit receive an advance

 

of their first payment by default, and

 

(ii)    

households in sub-paragraph (i) are not required to repay any

 

part of this advance for a period of at least six months beginning

 

with the date on which they received the advance; and

 

(d)    

make provision to ensure that claimants of universal credit, jobseeker’s

 

allowance and Employment and Support Allowance are not subject to

 

sanctions in the tax year beginning on 6 April 2020.

 

(2)    

The benefits to be increased under subsection (1)(a) are—

 

(a)    

the standard allowances of universal credit,

 

(b)    

jobseeker’s allowance, and

 

(c)    

employment and support allowance.

 

(3)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations under this section is subject to

 

annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.”

 



 
 

Committee of the whole House: 23 March 2020              

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Coronavirus Bill, continued

 
 

Munira Wilson

 

Sir Edward Davey

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Wendy Chamberlain

 

Daisy Cooper

 

Tim Farron

Wera Hobhouse

Christine Jardine

Layla Moran

Sarah Olney

Jamie Stone

Stephen Farry

 

NC10

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Expiry

 

(1)    

Except so far as otherwise provided under this section, the provisions of this Act

 

expire at the end of the period of 3 months beginning with the day on which this

 

Act is passed.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that any provisions of this Act

 

do not expire at the time when it would otherwise expire under subsection (1) but

 

is to continue in force after that time for a period not exceeding 3 months.

 

(3)    

The power under subsection (2) may not be used to continue any of the provisions

 

of this Act in force any later than a period of 2 years beginning with the day on

 

which this Act is passed.

 

(4)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (2) may not be

 

made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before Parliament and

 

approved by a resolution of each House.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The new clause would set an expiry date on the provisions of the Act at the end of a period of 3

 

months beginning on the day when the Act is passed unless they are continued in force by means

 

of affirmative regulations. Provisions could continue in force for no longer than 3 months at a time,

 

up to a period of 2 years from when the Act was initially passed.

 


 

Munira Wilson

 

Sir Edward Davey

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Wendy Chamberlain

 

Daisy Cooper

 

Tim Farron

Wera Hobhouse

Christine Jardine

Layla Moran

Sarah Olney

Jamie Stone

Stephen Farry

 

NC11

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Statutory sick pay: rate of payment

 

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 is amended as follows:


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 23 March 2020              

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Coronavirus Bill, continued

 
 

“In section 157, subsection (1), leave out “£94.25” and insert “£220”.”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would increase the weekly rate of Statutory Sick Pay from £94.25 to £220.

 


 

Munira Wilson

 

Sir Edward Davey

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Wendy Chamberlain

 

Daisy Cooper

 

Tim Farron

Wera Hobhouse

Christine Jardine

Layla Moran

Sarah Olney

Jamie Stone

Stephen Farry

 

NC12

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“European Union: extension of implementation period etc

 

(1)    

Section 33 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 is repealed.

 

(2)    

It shall be an objective of the Government to secure a decision by the UK-EU

 

Joint Committee to extend the transition period for up to 1 or 2 years as per Article

 

132 of the Withdrawal Agreement.

 

(3)    

It shall be an objective of the Government to secure an agreement within the

 

framework of the future relationship of the UK and EU to maintain continued and

 

full membership of the EU Early Warning System.

 

(4)    

A Minister of the Crown shall lay before each House of Parliament a progress

 

report on the objective in subsection (1) and subsection (2) within 2 months of

 

this Act being passed, and subsequently at intervals of no more than 2 months.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Government to (i) repeal Section 33 of the European Union

 

(Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, (ii) seek an extension of the negotiation period for the UK-EU

 

future relationship, and (iii) seek to maintain continued and full membership of the EU Early

 

Warning System, in order to respond effectively to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

 


 

Munira Wilson

 

Sir Edward Davey

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Wendy Chamberlain

 

Daisy Cooper

 

Tim Farron

Wera Hobhouse

Christine Jardine

Layla Moran

Sarah Olney

Jamie Stone

Stephen Farry

 

NC13

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—


 
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