House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday
23rd January 2014

No. 110

The House met at 9.30 am.

PRAYERS.

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

2 Business Question (Leader of the House)

3 Statement: Armed Forces Restructuring-Final Redundancies (Secretary Philip Hammond)

4 Consumer Rights Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Secretary Vince Cable, supported by the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Eric Pickles and Jenny Willott, presented a Bill to amend the law relating to the rights of consumers and protection of their interests, to make provision about investigatory powers for enforcing the regulation of traders, to make provision about private actions in competition law, and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 161) with Explanatory Notes (Bill 161–EN).

5 Deregulation Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr Oliver Letwin, supported by the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, Secretary Chris Grayling, Secretary Michael Gove, Secretary Eric Pickles, Secretary Owen Paterson, Secretary Edward Davey, Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary Maria Miller, Mr Kenneth Clarke and Michael Fallon, presented a Bill to make provision for the reduction of burdens resulting from legislation for businesses or other organisations or for individuals; to make provision for the repeal of legislation which no longer has practical use; to make provision about the exercise of regulatory functions; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 162) with Explanatory Notes (Bill 162–EN).

6 Backbench Business (25th allotted day (Standing Order No. 14))

(1) Shrewsbury 24 and release of papers

Motion made and Question put, That this House is seriously concerned at the decision of the Government to refuse to release papers related to the building dispute in 1972 and subsequent prosecutions of the workers known as the Shrewsbury 24 and calls on it to reverse this position as a matter of urgency.-(Mr David Anderson.)

The House divided.

Division No. 191.

Ayes: 120 (Tellers: Katy Clark, Jim Sheridan).

Noes: 3 (Tellers: Jim Fitzpatrick, John Cryer).

Question accordingly agreed to.

(2) Holocaust Memorial Day

Resolved, That this House has considered Holocaust Memorial Day.-(Alistair Burt.)

7 Public Petitions

A Public Petition from residents of Brigg and Goole constituency relating to Rural Fair Share Campaign was presented and read by Andrew Percy.

8 Adjournment

Subject: Flooding in northern Lincolnshire (Martin Vickers).

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr David Evennett.)

House adjourned without Question put (Standing Order No. 9(7)).

Adjourned at 5.31 pm until tomorrow.

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Other proceedings

Changes to Notices Given

9 United Kingdom Parliament (Sovereignty) Bill

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 28 February.

General Committees: Reports

10 European Committee A in respect of European Union Document No. 15051/13 and Addendum, a draft Directive amending Directive 2003/87/EC establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community, in view of the implementation by 2020 of an international agreement applying a single global market-based measure to international aviation emissions

Sir Alan Meale (Chair) reported the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 15051/13 and Addendum, a draft Directive amending Directive 2003/87/EC establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community, in view of the implementation by 2020 of an international agreement applying a single global market-based measure to international aviation emissions; welcomes the acknowledgement by the European Commission that the scope of the Aviation EU Emissions Trading System should be adjusted in light of progress made towards agreement on a global market-based measure for aviation emissions at the last General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, in October 2013; and calls on the Government to seek revision of the System in a manner which will achieve a high level of compliance and reduce the risk of legal, political and commercial retaliatory actions from third countries, with a view to facilitating an agreement at the next ICAO General Assembly in 2016 on a global market-based measure for aviation emissions.

Reports from Select Committees

11 Energy and Climate Change Committee

Carbon Capture and Storage: Evidence, to be published (HC 742) (Mr Tim Yeo).

12 International Development Committee

Democracy and Development in Burma: Evidence, to be published (HC 821) (Sir Malcolm Bruce).

13 Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

(1) The relationship between central and local government: international comparisons: Evidence, to be published (HC 977);

(2) Fixed-term Parliaments: the final year of a Parliament: Written evidence, to be published (HC 976);

(3) The constitutional role of the judiciary if there were a codified constitution: Written evidence, to be published (HC 802)

(Mr Graham Allen).

John Bercow

Speaker

The Speaker will take the Chair at 9.30 am

Sitting in Westminster Hall

No. 69

The sitting began at 1.30 pm.

Adjournment

Debate on select committee reports chosen by the Liaison Committee (15th allotted day (Standing Order No. 10(15)))

Subjects:

The FCO’s human rights work in 2012-Fourth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Government response.

Violence against women and girls-Second Report from the International Development Committee, and the Government response.

Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mark Simmonds.)

Adjourned at 4.39 pm until Tuesday 28 January.

Lindsay Hoyle

Deputy Speaker

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1 Judgments

Draft Marriage (Same Sex Couples) (Jurisdiction and Recognition of Judgments) Regulations 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling).

2 Marriage

(1) Draft Consular Marriages and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary William Hague);

(2) draft Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (Consequential and Contrary Provisions and Scotland) Order 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Maria Miller); and

(3) draft Overseas Marriage (Armed Forces) Order 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

3 Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages Etc.

(1) Draft Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Registration of Shared Buildings) Regulations 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling); and

(2) draft Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Use of Armed Forces’ Chapels) Regulations 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4 Marriage

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 107), dated 20 January 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Maria Miller).

5 National Health Service

(1) National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 91), dated 18 January 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Jeremy Hunt); and

(2) National Health Service Pension Scheme, Additional Voluntary Contributions, Compensation for Premature Retirement and Injury Benefits (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 78), dated 15 January 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Jeremy Hunt).

6 Police

Police Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 79), dated 15 January 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May).

7 Rating and Valuation

Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 96), dated 20 January 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Eric Pickles).

8 Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages Etc.

Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Registration of Buildings and Appointment of Authorised Persons) Regulations 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 106), dated 21 January 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May).

9 Social Security

Social Security (Graduated Retirement Benefit) (Married Same Sex Couples) Regulations 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 76), dated 14 January 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Iain Duncan Smith).

Other Papers:

10 Air Force (Constitution)

Amendment List 34 to Queen’s Regulations for the Royal Air Force (Fifth Edition) (by Act) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

11 Business, Innovation and Skills

Consumer Rights Bill: Statement on Policy Reform and Responses to Pre-Legislative Scrutiny (by Command) (Cm. 8796) (Secretary Vince Cable).

12 European Union

Fourth Report to Parliament on the Application of Protocols 19 and 21 to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in Relation to EU Justice and Home Affairs Matters, for 1 December 2012–30 November 2013 (by Command) (Cm. 8772) (Secretary Chris Grayling).

13 Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 23 January 2014, concerning the gifting of search and rescue equipment to Syrian civil defence teams (by Command) (Secretary William Hague).

14 National Audit

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Department for Transport: Crossrail (by Act); to be printed (HC 965) (Clerk of the House).

15 Scotland Analysis

Scotland Analysis: Borders and citizenship (by Command) (Cm. 8726) (Secretary Theresa May).

16 Treaty Series No. 4 (2014)

Agreement, done at London on 11 December 2012, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to amend the Arrangement between the Government of Brunei and His Majesty’s Government for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income made in 1950, as amended by an arrangement in 1968 and a supplementary arrangement in 1973 with Protocol (by Command) (Cm. 8788) (Secretary William Hague).

17 Treaty Series No. 5 (2014)

Vienna Agreement, done at Vienna on 12 June 1973, as amended at Vienna on 1 October 1985, establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks (by Command) (Cm. 8789) (Secretary William Hague).

18 Treaty Series No. 6 (2014)

Agreement, done at Queenstown on 18 April 2013, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United States of America for the Sharing of Visa, Immigration and Nationality Information (by Command) (Cm. 8790) (Secretary William Hague).

19 Trunk Road Charging Schemes

Account of Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing Charging Scheme for 2012–13 (by Statutory Instrument) (Secretary Patrick McLoughlin).

20 UK Borders

(1) Report of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on a Short Notice Inspection of a Sham Marriage Enforcement Operation: 14–24 October 2013 (by Act) (Secretary Theresa May); and

(2) Report of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on an Inspection of Border Force Operations at Stansted Airport: May–August 2013 (by Act) (Secretary Theresa May).

CORRIGENDUM

Monday 13 January

Item 5, Backbench Business, should have been recorded as unallotted.

Prepared 24th January 2014