House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday
29th April 2014

No. 154

The House met at 11.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Private Bills [Lords]: Transport for London Bill [Lords]: Second Reading

Motion made, That the Transport for London Bill [Lords] be now read a second time.-(Chairman of Ways and Means.)

Objection taken (Standing Order No. 20(2)).

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 6 May.

2 Questions to the Chancellor of the Exchequer

3 Safe and Sanctuary Rooms (Exemption from Under-Occupancy Penalty): Motion for leave to bring in a Bill (Standing Order No. 23)

Motion made and Question proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to exempt social housing tenants occupying properties with safe and sanctuary rooms from the Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013; and for connected purposes.-(Alison Seabeck.)

Motion opposed (Standing Order No. 23(1)).

Question put, and agreed to.

Ordered, That Alison Seabeck, Andrew Gwynne, Andrew George, Barbara Keeley, Mrs Madeleine Moon, Diana Johnson, Caroline Lucas and Ian Lavery present the Bill.

Alison Seabeck accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 6 June, and to be printed (Bill 202).

4 Business of the House

Ordered, That the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Secretary Patrick McLoughlin relating to the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill and (notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 16) the Motion in the name of Mr Andrew Lansley relating to Positions for which additional salaries are payable for the purposes of section 4A(2) of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 not later than four hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order; such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; the Questions may be put after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.-(Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.)

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

Ordered,-

1. That the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill be committed to a Select Committee.

2. That the following Members be appointed as members of the Select Committee: Mr Henry Bellingham, Sir Peter Bottomley, Ian Mearns, Yasmin Qureshi, Mr Robert Syms and Mr Michael Thornton.

3. (1) That there shall stand referred to the Select Committee-

(a) any Petition against the Bill presented by being deposited in the Private Bill Office between 29 April 2014 and the closing date (inclusive), during the hours specified in a notice published by the Private Bill Office, and

(b) any Petition which has been presented by being deposited in the Private Bill Office during such hours and in which the Petitioners complain of any amendment as proposed in the filled-up Bill or of any matter which has arisen during the progress of the Bill before the Select Committee, being a Petition in which the Petitioners pray to be heard by themselves or through Counsel or Agents.  

(2) The closing date for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(a) is-

(a) in a case where the Petition is that of a local authority (except a parish council) or a business, 16 May 2014, and

(b) in any other case, 23 May 2014.

4. That, notwithstanding the practice of the House that appearances on Petitions against an opposed Private Bill be required to be entered at the first meeting of the Select Committee on the Bill, in the case of any such Petitions as are mentioned in paragraph 3(1)(a) above on which appearances are not entered at that meeting, the Select Committee shall appoint a later day or days on which it will require appearances on those Petitions to be entered.

5. That any Petitioner whose Petition stands referred to the Select Committee shall, subject to the Rules and Orders of the House and to the Prayer of that person’s Petition, be entitled to be heard in person or through Counsel or Agents upon that person’s Petition provided that it is prepared and signed in conformity with the Rules and Orders of the House, and the Member in charge of the Bill shall be entitled to be heard through Counsel or Agents in favour of the Bill against that Petition.

6. That in applying the Rules of the House in relation to parliamentary agents, any reference to a petitioner in person shall be treated as including a reference to a duly authorised member or officer of an organisation, group or body.

7. That the Select Committee have power to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place and to report from day to day the Minutes of Evidence taken before it.

8. That three be the Quorum of the Select Committee.-(Mr Robert Goodwill.)

6 High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Instruction)

Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Select Committee to which the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill is committed to deal with the Bill as follows-

1. The Committee shall, before concluding its proceedings, amend the Bill by-

(a) leaving out provision relating to the spur from Old Oak Common to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and

(b) making such amendments to the Bill as it thinks fit in consequence of the amendments made by virtue of sub-paragraph (a).

2. The Committee shall not hear any Petition to the extent that it relates to whether or not there should be a spur from Old Oak Common to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

3.–(1) The Committee shall treat the principle of the Bill, as determined by the House on the Bill’s Second Reading, as comprising the matters mentioned in sub-paragraph (2); and those matters shall accordingly not be at issue during proceedings of the Committee.

(2) The matters referred to in sub-paragraph (1) are:

(a) the provision of a high speed railway between Euston in London and a junction with the West Coast Main Line at Handsacre in Staffordshire, with a spur from Water Orton in Warwickshire to Curzon Street in Birmingham and intermediate stations at Old Oak Common and Birmingham Interchange, and

(b) in relation to the railway set out on the plans deposited in November 2013 in connection with the Bill in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Private Bill Office of the House of Commons, its broad route alignment.

That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.-(Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.)

7 High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Carry-over)

Ordered, That, notwithstanding the practice of the House, the following provisions shall apply to proceedings on the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill:

Suspension at End of this Session

1. Further proceedings on the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill shall be suspended from the day on which this Session of Parliament ends ("the current Session") until the next Session of Parliament ("Session 2014–15").

2. If a Bill is presented in Session 2014–15 in the same terms as those in which the Bill stood when proceedings on it were suspended in the current Session-

(a) the Bill so presented shall be ordered to be printed and shall be deemed to have been read the first and second time;

(b) the Bill shall stand committed to a Select Committee of the same Members as the members of the Committee when proceedings on the Bill were suspended in the current Session;

(c) any Instruction of the House to the Committee in the current Session shall be an Instruction to the Committee on the Bill in Session 2014–15;

(d) all Petitions presented in the current Session which stand referred to the Committee and which have not been withdrawn, and any Petition presented between the day on which the current Session ends and the day on which proceedings on the Bill are resumed in Session 2014–15 in accordance with this Order, shall stand referred to the Committee in Session 2014–15;

(e) any Minutes of Evidence taken and any papers laid before the Committee in the current Session shall stand referred to the Committee in Session 2014–15;

(f) only those Petitions mentioned in sub-paragraph (d), and any Petition which may be presented by being deposited in the Private Bill Office and in which the Petitioners complain of any proposed additional provision or of any matter which has arisen during the progress of the Bill before the Committee in Session 2014–15, shall stand referred to the Committee;

(g) any Petitioner whose Petition stands referred to the Committee in Session 2014–15 shall, subject to the Rules and Orders of the House and to the Prayer of that person’s Petition, be entitled to be heard in person or through Counsel or Agents upon the Petition provided that it is prepared and signed and in conformity with the Rules and Orders of the House, and the Member in charge of the Bill shall be entitled to be heard through Counsel or Agents in favour of the Bill against that Petition;

(h) the Committee shall have power to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place, and to report from day to day Minutes of Evidence taken before it;

(i) three shall be the Quorum of the Committee;

(j) any person registered in the current Session as a parliamentary agent entitled to practise as such in opposing Bills only who, at the time when proceedings on the Bill were suspended in the current Session, was employed in opposing the Bill shall be deemed to have been registered as such a parliamentary agent in Session 2014–15;

(k) the Standing Orders and practice of the House applicable to the Bill, so far as complied with or dispensed with in the current Session, shall be deemed to have been complied with or (as the case may be) dispensed with in Session 2014–15.

Suspension at End of this Parliament

3. If proceedings on the Bill are resumed in accordance with paragraph 2 but are not completed before the end of Session 2014–15, further proceedings on the Bill shall be suspended from the day on which that Session ends until the first Session of the next Parliament ("Session 2015–16").

4. If a Bill is presented in Session 2015–16 in the same terms as those in which the Bill stood when proceedings on it were suspended in Session 2014–15-

(a) the Bill so presented shall be ordered to be printed and shall be deemed to have been read the first and second time;

(b) the Standing Orders and practice of the House applicable to the Bill, so far as complied with or dispensed with in the current Session or in Session 2014–15, shall be deemed to have been complied with or (as the case may be) dispensed with in Session 2015–16; and

(c) the Bill shall be dealt with in accordance with-

(i) paragraph 5, if proceedings in Select Committee were not completed when proceedings on the Bill were suspended,

(ii) paragraph 6, if proceedings in Public Bill Committee were begun but not completed when proceedings on the Bill were suspended,

(iii) paragraph 7, if the Bill was waiting to be considered when proceedings on it were suspended,

(iv) paragraph 8, if the Bill was waiting for third reading when proceedings on it were suspended, or

(v) paragraph 9, if the Bill has been read the third time and sent to the House of Lords.

5. If this paragraph applies-

(a) the Bill shall stand committed to a Select Committee of such Members as were members of the Committee when proceedings on the Bill were suspended in Session 2014–15;

(b) any Instruction of the House to the Committee in the current Session or in Session 2014–15 shall be an Instruction to the Committee on the Bill in Session 2015–16;

(c) all Petitions presented in the current Session or in Session 2014–15 which stand referred to the Committee and which have not been withdrawn, and any Petition presented between the day on which Session 2014–15 ends and the day on which proceedings on the Bill are resumed in Session 2015–16 in accordance with this Order, shall stand referred to the Committee in Session 2015–16;

(d) any Minutes of Evidence taken and any papers laid before the Committee in the current Session or in Session 2014–15 shall stand referred to the Committee in Session 2015–16;

(e) only those Petitions mentioned in sub-paragraph (c), and any Petition which may be presented by being deposited in the Private Bill Office and in which the Petitioners complain of any proposed additional provision or of any matter which has arisen during the progress of the Bill before the Committee in Session 2015–16, shall stand referred to the Committee;

(f) any Petitioner whose Petition stands referred to the Committee in the first Session of the new Parliament shall, subject to the Rules and Orders of the House and to the Prayer of his Petition, be entitled to be heard in person or through Counsel or Agents upon the Petition provided that it is prepared and signed and in conformity with the Rules and Orders of the House, and the Member in charge of the Bill shall be entitled to be heard through Counsel or Agents in favour of the Bill against that Petition;

(g) the Committee shall have power to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place, and to report from day to day Minutes of Evidence taken before it;

(h) three shall be the Quorum of the Committee;

(i) any person registered (or deemed by paragraph 2(j) to be registered) in Session 2014–15 as a parliamentary agent entitled to practise as such in opposing Bills only who, at the time when proceedings on the Bill were suspended in Session 2014–15, was employed in opposing the Bill shall be deemed to have been registered as such a parliamentary agent in Session 2015–16.

6. If this paragraph applies, the Bill shall be deemed to have been reported from the Select Committee and to have been re-committed to a Public Bill Committee.

7. If this paragraph applies-

(a) the Bill shall be deemed to have been reported from the Select Committee and from the Public Bill Committee; and

(b) the Bill shall be set down as an order of the day for consideration.

8. If this paragraph applies-

(a) the Bill shall be deemed to have been reported from the Select Committee and from the Public Bill Committee and to have been considered; and

(b) the Bill shall be set down as an order of the day for third reading.

9. If this paragraph applies, the Bill shall be deemed to have passed through all its stages in this House.

Other

10. The references in paragraphs 1 and 3 above to further proceedings do not include proceedings under Standing Order 224A(8) (deposit of supplementary environmental information).

11. That the above Orders be Standing Orders of the House.-(Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.)

8 Positions for which additional salaries are payable for the purposes of section 4A(2) of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009

Resolved, That the Chair of the select committee appointed to consider the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill is specified for the purposes of section 4A(2) of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009.-(Mr Robert Goodwill.)

9 Defence Reform Bill (Programme) (No. 2)

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83A(7)), That the following provisions shall apply to the Defence Reform Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 16 July 2013 (Defence Reform Bill (Programme)):

Consideration of Lords Amendments

(1) Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after their commencement at today’s sitting.

Subsequent Stages

(2) Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

(3) The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.-(Mr Philip Dunne.)

Question agreed to.

10 Defence Reform Bill: Consideration of Lords Amendments

The Deputy Speaker announced that Lords Amendment 7 engaged Commons financial privilege.

Lords Amendments 1 to 6 agreed to.

Lords Amendment 7

Amendment (a) proposed.-(Alison Seabeck.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.—

The House divided.

Division No. 256.

Ayes: 220 (Tellers: Susan Elan Jones, Karl Turner).

Noes: 285 (Tellers: Harriett Baldwin, Gavin Barwell).

Question accordingly negatived.

Lords Amendment 7 agreed to, with Commons financial privilege waived.

11 Public Petitions

A Public Petition from residents of Kingswood relating to green bins in South Gloucestershire was presented and read by Chris Skidmore.

12 Adjournment

Subject: Rural bus services (Richard Drax).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Gavin Barwell.)

Adjourned at 6.43 pm until tomorrow.

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Other proceedings

General Committees: Reports

13 Finance (No. 2) Bill (except Clauses 1, 5 to 7, 11, 72 to 74 and 112, Schedule 1 and certain new Clauses and new Schedules) Committee

Martin Caton (Chair) reported, That the Committee had come to the following Resolution, That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

14 First Delegated Legislation Committee

Sir Alan Meale (Chair) reported the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2014.

15 Third Delegated Legislation Committee

Mr George Howarth (Chair) reported the draft Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Conditions) Order 2014.

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).

16 First Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2014)

Members: Mr David Hamilton and Simon Reevell discharged and Fiona Bruce and Mark Tami nominated in substitution.

17 Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Merchant Shipping (Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea) Order 2014)

Members: Gordon Birtwistle and Mr Mark Harper discharged and Crispin Blunt and Mr David Ward nominated in substitution.

18 Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and the draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2014)

Members: Greg Hands discharged and Mr Sam Gyimah nominated in substitution.

Reports from Select Committees

19 Backbench Business Committee

Transcript of representations made on 29 April, to be published (Natascha Engel).

20 Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

Royal Mail Privatisation: Evidence, to be printed (HC 710-iv) (Mr Adrian Bailey).

21 Culture, Media and Sport Committee

(1) The Work of the Arts Council (England): Evidence and written evidence, to be published (HC 1161);

(2) The Future of the BBC: Written evidence, to be published (HC 949)

(Mr John Whittingdale).

22 Defence Committee

(1) The Armed Forces Covenant in Action? Part 5: Military Casualties: Evidence, to be published (HC 940);

(2) Afghanistan: Written evidence, to be published (HC 994);

(3) Towards the next Defence and Security Review: Part Two: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1067)

(Mr Dai Havard).

23 Energy and Climate Change Committee

The Green Deal: watching brief (part 2): Evidence, to be published (HC 1111) (Sir Robert Smith).

24 Foreign Affairs Committee

(1) FCO Supplementary Estimate 2013–14: Written evidence, to be published;

(2) Syria: Written evidence, to be published

(Sir Richard Ottaway).

25 Health Committee

(1) Work of the NHS: Evidence, to be published (HC 1219);

(2) Investigation into NHS Property Services Limited: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Stephen Dorrell).

26 Home Affairs Committee

(1) Female Genital Mutilation: Evidence, to be published (HC 1091);

(2) Reform of the Police Federation: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1163)

(Keith Vaz).

27 International Development Committee

(1) The Future of UK Development Cooperation: Phase 1: Development Finance: Government Response to the Committee’s Eighth Report of Session 2013–14: Eighth Special Report, to be printed (HC 1255);

(2) Recovery and Development in Sierra Leone and Liberia: Evidence, to be published (HC 1204)

(Sir Malcolm Bruce).

28 Public Administration (Select Committee on)

(1) Accountability of quangos and public bodies: Evidence and written evidence, to be published (HC 1137);

(2) Civil Service impartiality and referendums: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Statistics and the regions and nations of the UK: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Bernard Jenkin).

29 Scottish Affairs Committee

(1) The Referendum on Separation for Scotland: Evidence, to be printed (HC 140-xxi);

(2) Zero Hours Contracts: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Ian Davidson).

30 Standards (Committee on)

(1) Patrick Mercer:

(i) Eleventh Report, with Appendices, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 1225);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC 1225);

(2) Agenda relating to the Committee’s meeting on 5 March 2013, to be published

(Kevin Barron).

31 Transport Committee

(1) Better roads: Improving England’s strategic road network:

(i) Fifteenth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 850);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC 850);

(2) National Policy Statement on National Networks: Sixteenth Report, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report, to be printed (HC 1135);

(3) Airports Commission: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Cost of motor insurance: whiplash: follow up: Written evidence, to be published (HC 919);

(5) Department for Transport Mid-Year Report: Written evidence, to be published;

(6) Government motoring agencies-the user perspective: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1109);

(7) Offshore helicopter safety: Written evidence, to be published (HC 992);

(8) Rolling stock: Written evidence, to be published

(Mrs Louise Ellman).

32 Treasury Committee

SME Lending: Evidence and written evidence, to be published (HC 1008) (Mr Andrew Tyrie).

33 Welsh Affairs Committee

(1) Silk Commission Part II: devolving legislative powers to Wales: Evidence and written evidence, to be published (HC 1239);

(2) International Representation and Promotion of Wales by UK bodies: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1013)

(Mr David T. C. Davies).

John Bercow

Speaker

The Speaker will take the Chair at 11.30 am.

Sitting in Westminster Hall

No. 102

The sitting began at 9.30 am.

Adjournment

Subjects:

Fairer Schools Funding and the f40 campaign (Mr Robin Walker).

Planning issues in North East Lincolnshire (Martin Vickers).

Proposed Government reforms to taxi and private hire vehicle regulation (Grahame M. Morris).

Music in prisons (Kevin Brennan).

Provision of humanitarian support and aid to Syrian refugees (Guy Opperman).

Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Elizabeth Truss.)

Adjourned at 4.59 pm until tomorrow.

Lindsay Hoyle

Deputy Speaker

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1 Value Added Tax

(1) Value Added Tax (Drugs and Medicines) Order 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 1111), dated 28 April 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr David Gauke); and

(2) Value Added Tax (Refund of Tax) Order 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 1112), dated 28 April 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr David Gauke).

Other Papers:

2 House of Commons (Administration)

House of Commons Administration: Main Supply Estimate for 2014–15 (by Act); to be printed (HC 1231) (The Speaker).

3 Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction

(1) Corporate Plan of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England for 2014–15 to 2018–19 (by Act); to be printed (HC 1240) (The Speaker); and

(2) Local Government Boundary Commission for England: Main Supply Estimate for 2014–15 (by Act); to be printed (HC 1234) (The Speaker).

4 National Audit

National Audit Office: Main Supply Estimate for 2014–15 (by Act); to be printed (HC 1186) (Sir Edward Leigh).

5 Overseas Territories

(1) Ukraine (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (No. 2) Order 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 1100), dated 28 April 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary William Hague); and

(2) Ukraine (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (No. 3) Order 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 1098), dated 28 April 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary William Hague).

6 Political Parties, Elections and Referendums

(1) Corporate Plan of the Electoral Commission for 2014–15 to 2018–19 (by Act); to be printed (HC 1207) (The Speaker); and

(2) Electoral Commission: Main Supply Estimate for 2014–15 (by Act); to be printed (HC 1208) (The Speaker).

7 Supply Estimates, 2014–15

Central Government Supply Estimates 2014–15: Main Supply Estimates (by Command); to be printed (HC 1233) (Danny Alexander).


CORRIGENDA

Monday 28 April

Item 17 should have recorded that Hywel Williams was appointed Chair of European Committee B in place of Adrian Sanders.

Item 8 in the Appendix, Business Plan of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for 2014–17, should have been recorded as having been laid on 28 April.

Prepared 30th April 2014