House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday
30th April 2014

No. 155

The House met at 11.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Questions to (1) the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(2) the Prime Minister

2 Speaker’s Statement: Sir Robert Rogers, Clerk of the House of Commons

The Speaker informed the House that he had received a letter from Sir Robert Rogers, Clerk of the House of Commons, which he read to the House, as follows:

I write to inform you that I have indicated to Her Majesty The Queen that I wish to surrender my Patent as Clerk of the House at the end of August this year. I shall then have served the House for 42 years, over eleven Parliaments, and for the last decade at the Table.

As Clerk of the House I have been fortunate indeed to have the best job in the service of any Parliament – indeed one of the best jobs in the world.

I have been lucky enough to have been involved in most of the innovations in the procedure and business of the House over the last ten years. Whatever the vicissitudes of Parliamentary life, and whatever brickbats may be thrown at it, I can truly say that the House now is a more effective scrutineer of the executive, and more topical, relevant and independent-minded, than I have ever known it.

As Chief Executive of the House Service of some 2,000 staff I have had the great privilege of leading a remarkable group of talented people, deeply committed to the House and, whatever their role here, all rightly proud of being stewards of the central institution in our democracy.

That commitment and pride has been a feature of working life here for as long as I can remember; but in recent years it has been coupled with increasing levels of professionalism and teamwork and an ever clearer focus on delivering the services required by the House and its Members, as well as reaching out, through education and information, to the world beyond Westminster.

I am so grateful to have had, throughout my service, and especially over the last three years, the support and friendship of Members on all sides of the House, and especially of the occupants of the Chair, as well as the happy camaraderie, support and counsel of my colleagues at all levels.

I have spent much of my career seeking to make the House and its work, and the work of its Members, better understood by those whom it serves: the citizens of the United Kingdom. For I believe that with understanding comes valuing, and with valuing comes ownership. And our citizens should feel pride in the ownership of their Parliament.

The House of Commons, across the centuries, has never expected to be popular, and indeed it should not court popularity. But the work it does in calling governments to account, and its role as a crucible of ideas and challenge, deserves to be better known, better understood, and so properly valued. So too does the work of individual Members: not only working for the interests of their constituencies and constituents, but often as the last resort of the homeless and hopeless, the people whom society has let down. This is a worthy calling, and should be properly acknowledged and appreciated.

This House is the precious centre of our Parliamentary democracy; and with all my heart I wish it well.

3 Statement: Stop and Search (Secretary Theresa May)

4 National Planning Policy Framework (Community Involvement): Motion for leave to bring in a Bill (Standing Order No. 23)

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make further provision for the National Planning Policy Framework; and for connected purposes;

That Greg Mulholland, Rosie Cooper, Mr Jim Cunningham, Philip Davies, Jason McCartney, Martin Horwood, Stuart Andrew, Chris White, Ian Swales, Mr Mike Thornton and Dr Julian Huppert present the Bill.

Greg Mulholland accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 6 June, and to be printed (Bill 203).

5 Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993

Motion made and Question put, That this House approves, for the purposes of Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, the Government’s assessment as set out in Budget 2014 and Autumn Statement 2013, combined with the Office for Budget Responsibility’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook (2014) and Fiscal Sustainability Report (2013), which forms the basis of the United Kingdom’s Convergence Programme.-(Nicky Morgan.)

The House divided.

Division No. 257.

Ayes: 288 (Tellers: Mr Sam Gyimah, Mark Hunter).

Noes: 235 (Tellers: Bridget Phillipson, Nic Dakin).

Question accordingly agreed to.

6 Wales Bill (Programme) (No. 2)

Ordered, That the Order of 31 March 2014 (Wales Bill (Programme)) be varied as follows:

In the Table in paragraph (4) of the Order, in the column headed ‘Time for conclusion of proceedings’, for ‘The moment of interruption on the first day’ substitute ‘Ninety minutes after the moment of interruption on the first day’.-(Stephen Crabb.)

7 Wales Bill: Committee of the whole House (1st allocated day)

The House resolved itself into a Committee (Programme Order, 31 March)

(In the Committee)

Clause 1 (Frequency of Assembly ordinary general elections)

Amendment 9 proposed.-(Owen Smith.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 2 (Removal of restriction on standing for election for both constituency and electoral region)

Amendment 15 proposed.-(Mr Mark Harper.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Question put, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Division No. 258.

Ayes: 265 (Tellers: Mr David Evennett, Claire Perry).

Noes: 191 (Tellers: Susan Elan Jones, Stephen Doughty).

Question accordingly agreed to and Clause accordingly agreed to.

Clauses 4 to 5 agreed to.

New Clause NC4-(Jonathan Edwards)-brought up, and read the first time.

Question put, That the new Clause NC4 be read a second time.

The Committee divided.

Division No. 259.

Ayes: 4 (Tellers: Mr Mike Weir, Pete Wishart).

Noes: 254 (Tellers: Mark Hunter, Claire Perry).

Question accordingly negatived.

Clause 8 (Welsh rate of income tax)

Amendment 21 made.

At 8.30 pm, the proceedings were interrupted (Programme Orders, 31 March and today).

The Chair put forthwith the Questions necessary to bring proceedings on Clauses 1 to 5, new Clauses relating to Part 1, new Schedules relating to Part 1, Clauses 8 to 11, Schedule 1, Clauses 12 and 13, new Clauses relating to the subject matter of Clauses 8 to 13 and Schedule 1 and new Schedules relating to the subject matter of Clauses 8 to 13 and Schedule 1 to a conclusion (Programme Orders, 31 March and today).

The following Questions were put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83D).

(1) That Amendments 22 to 28 be made (single Question on Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown).-(Mr David Gauke.)

Question agreed to.

(2) That Clause 8, as amended, and Clauses 9 and 10 stand part of the Bill (Question necessary for the disposal of business to be concluded).

Question agreed to.

(3) That Amendment 1 be made (Amendment selected by the Chair for separate decision).-(Jonathan Edwards.)

The Committee divided.

Division No. 260.

Ayes: 5 (Tellers: Mr Mike Weir, Dr Eilidh Whiteford).

Noes: 243 (Tellers: Claire Perry, Mark Hunter).

Question accordingly negatived.

(4) That Clause 11 stand part of the Bill, Schedule 1 be the first Schedule to the Bill and Clauses 12 and 13 stand part of the Bill (Question necessary for the disposal of business to be concluded).

Question agreed to.

The occupant of the Chair left the Chair.

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The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.

Anne Milton reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.

Committee again tomorrow.

8 Statutory Instruments: Motions for Approval

(1) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Conditions) Order 2014, which was laid before this House on 9 April, be approved.-(Anne Milton.)

The Deputy Speaker’s opinion as to the decision of the Question was challenged.

Division deferred until Wednesday 7 May (Standing Order No. 41A).

(2) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2014, which was laid before this House on 17 March, be approved.-(Anne Milton.)

Question agreed to.

9 Public Petitions

A Public Petition from residents of the UK relating to pub rent prices (Derbyshire) was presented and read by Pauline Latham.

A Public Petition from residents of the UK relating to HS2 proposals for high speed rail was presented and read by Natascha Engel.

10 Adjournment

Subject: Proposed free schools in Chapeltown, Sheffield (Angela Smith).

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.-(Anne Milton.)

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

Adjourned at 9.15 pm until tomorrow.

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Other proceedings

Disqualification of a Member

11 Disqualification of a Member

Notification, laid upon the Table by the Speaker, That Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer had today appointed Patrick John Mercer, Member for Newark, to the office of Steward and Bailiff of the Three Hundreds of Chiltern.

General Committees: Reports

12 Second Delegated Legislation Committee

Mrs Anne Main (Chair) reported the draft Merchant Shipping (Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea) Order 2014.

13 Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee

Mr Andrew Turner (Chair) reported the draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and the draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2014.

14 European Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 17043/13 and Addenda 1 and 2, an initiative of Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision 2005/681/JHA establishing the European Police College; and endorses the Government’s decision to exercise the UK’s opt-in under Protocol 21 to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Hywel Williams (Chair) reported the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 17043/13 and Addenda 1 and 2, an initiative of Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision 2005/681/JHA establishing the European Police College; and endorses the Government’s decision to exercise the UK’s opt-in under Protocol 21 to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union; and endorses the Government’s decision to exercise the UK’s opt-in under Protocol 21 to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

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).

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

Members: Caroline Dinenage discharged and Simon Kirby nominated in substitution.

16 Welsh Grand Committee in respect of its meetings on Wednesday 7 May

Chairs: Dr William McCrea and Mr Dai Havard.

European Union Documents Referred

17 European Committee A

European Union Document No. 11124/13, a draft Regulation concerning type-approval requirements for the deployment of the eCall in-vehicle system and amending Directive 2007/46/EC.

18 European Committee B

European Union Document No. 17709/13, a Commission Staff Working Document: Paving the way for an EU Development and Cooperation Results Framework.

19 European Committee B

European Union Document No. 6943/14 and Addendum, a Commission Report on the implementation by Member States of the Framework Decisions 2008/909/JHA, 2008/947/JHA and 2009/829/JHA on the mutual recognition of judicial decisions on custodial sentences or measures involving deprivation of liberty, on probation decisions and alternative sanctions and on supervision measures as an alternative to provisional detention.

Reports from Select Committees

20 Education Committee

(1) 16+ care options: Evidence, to be published (HC 1033);

(2) Academies and free schools: Written evidence, to be published (HC 981);

(3) Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) Main Estimate 2014–15: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Graham Stuart).

21 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

The work of the Rural Payments Agency: Evidence, to be published (HC 1227) (Miss Anne McIntosh).

22 Environmental Audit Committee

(1) Sustainability in the Home Office: Evidence and written evidence, to be published (HC 1049);

(2) Growing a circular economy: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1176);

(3) Marine protected areas: Written evidence, to be published (HC 914);

(4) Plastic bags: Written evidence, to be published (HC 861);

(5) Wildlife Crime: Written evidence, to be published

(Joan Walley).

23 European Scrutiny Committee

(1) Forty-seventh Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 83-xlii);

(2) The European Investigation Order: Evidence, to be published (HC 1266);

(3) Ministerial Correspondence: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr William Cash).

24 Home Affairs Committee

(1) Police and Crime Commissioners: Progress to date: Sixteenth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 757);

(2) Counter-terrorism: Seventeenth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 231);

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

(Keith Vaz).

25 Liaison Committee

Select committee effectiveness, resources and powers: Follow-up: Written evidence, to be published (HC 774) (Sir Alan Beith).

26 Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

The Administrative Scheme for "on-the-runs": Evidence and written evidence, to be published (HC 1194) (Mr Laurence Robertson).

27 Public Accounts (Committee of)

(1) Establishing Free Schools: Fifty-sixth Report, with written evidence, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 941);

(2) The privatisation of Royal Mail: Evidence, to be published (HC 1221);

(3) Whistleblowing: Written evidence, to be published

(Margaret Hodge).

28 Treasury Committee

(1) Appointment of Spencer Dale to the Financial Policy Committee:

(i) Eleventh Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 1236);

(ii) Evidence and written evidence, to be published (HC 1236);

(2) Appointment of Andrew Haldane to the Monetary Policy Committee:

(i) Twelfth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 1235);

(ii) Evidence and written evidence, to be published (HC 1235);

(3) Budget 2014: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1189);

(4) Government Actuary’s Department Estimate 2014–15: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) HM Revenue and Customs Estimate 2014–15: Written evidence, to be published;

(6) HM Treasury Estimate 2014–15: Written evidence, to be published;

(7) National Savings and Investments Estimate 2014–15: Written evidence, to be published;

(8) SME Lending: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1008)

(Mr Andrew Tyrie).

29 Work and Pensions Committee

(1) Pension reforms: Evidence, to be published (HC 1248);

(2) Correspondence with the Minister for Employment relating to Universal Jobmatch: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1212)

(Dame Anne Begg).

John Bercow

Speaker

The Speaker will take the Chair at 9.30 am.

Sitting in Westminster Hall

No. 103

The sitting began at 9.30 am.

Adjournment

Subjects:

Type 1 diabetes and young people (Mr George Howarth).

Protection of bowling greens (John Woodcock).

Admissions in Catholic schools (Damian Hinds).

Education and welfare services in prisons (Mark Pritchard).

Rana Plaza disaster and working conditions in the garment industry (Shabana Mahmood).

Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Claire Perry.)

Adjourned at 5.10 pm until tomorrow.

Lindsay Hoyle

Deputy Speaker

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Other Papers:

1 Transport

Government Response to consultation on transforming the Highways Agency into a government-owned company (by Command) (Cm. 8855) (Secretary Patrick McLoughlin).

CORRIGENDUM

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Item 31, Transport Committee, should read:

(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 of Session 2013-14, with 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)Local decision making on transport spending: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1140);

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

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

(Mrs Louise Ellman).

Prepared 1st May 2014