House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday
14th May 2014

No. 162

The House met at 11.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Electoral Commission (Answer to Address)

The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That the Address of 26 March, praying that Her Majesty will appoint Bridget Prentice to be an Electoral Commissioner for the period ending on 30 September 2018, and Alasdair Morgan to be an Electoral Commissioner for the period ending on 30 September 2016, was presented to Her Majesty, who was graciously pleased to comply with the request.

2 Questions to (1) the Secretary of State for Wales

(2) the Prime Minister

3 Statement: Afghanistan (Secretary Justine Greening)

4 Food Labelling (Sugar Content): Motion for leave to bring in a Bill (Standing Order No. 23)

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide that sugar content on food labelling be represented in terms of the number of 5ml spoonsful per 100g; and for connected purposes;

That Keith Vaz, Caroline Lucas, Mark Durkan, Ann Clwyd, Jim Shannon, Sarah Champion, Dr Julian Huppert, Neil Carmichael, Phil Wilson, Mark Pritchard, Valerie Vaz and Michael Fabricant present the Bill.

Keith Vaz accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 210).

5 Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No. 2)

Ordered, That the Order of 3 February 2014 (Deregulation Bill (Programme)) be varied as follows:

(1) Paragraphs (4) and (5) of the Order shall be omitted.

(2) Proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading shall be taken in two days in accordance with the following provisions of this Order.

(3) Proceedings on Consideration–

(a) shall be taken on the days shown in the first column of the following Table and in the order so shown;

(b) shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the times shown in the second column of the Table.


Table

Proceedings

Time for conclusion of proceedings

First day

New Clauses and new Schedules relating to the sale of alcohol and amendments to Clauses 45 to 49; amendments to Schedule 18

3.00 pm

New Clauses and new Schedules relating to health and safety at work and amendments to Clause 1

5.00 pm

New Clauses and new Schedules relating to apprenticeships and amendments to Clauses 3 and 4 and Schedules 1 and 13

7.00 pm

Second day

New Clauses and new Schedules relating to driving and to roads, railways, tramways and other means of transport and amendments to Clauses 6 to 10 and 30 to 33 and Schedules 2 and 3 and 8 to 10

Three hours before the moment of interruption

New Clauses and new Schedules relating to TV licensing and amendments to Clauses 51 and 52; remaining new Clauses; remaining new Schedules; remaining proceedings on Consideration

One hour before the moment of interruption

(4) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the second day.-(Tom Brake.)

6 Deregulation Bill: Consideration of the Bill, as amended in the Public Bill Committee (1st allocated day)

New Clause NC5-(Norman Baker)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

New Schedule NS1-(Norman Baker)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

Amendments 58, 75, 59, 4 and 60 made.

7 Election of Chair of the Defence Committee

The Speaker announced that Rory Stewart had been elected to be Chair of the Defence Committee (Standing Order No. 122B).

8 Deregulation Bill: Consideration of the Bill, as amended in the Public Bill Committee (1st allocated day) (resumed)

New Clause NC2-(Oliver Heald)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

Question put, That Amendment 72 be made.-(Toby Perkins.)

The House divided.

Division No. 280.

Ayes: 227 (Tellers: Bridget Phillipson, Susan Elan Jones).

Noes: 283 (Tellers: Mark Hunter, Claire Perry).

Question accordingly negatived.

New Clause NC1-(Tom Brake)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

Amendments 5 to 9, 74, 10, 11, 27 to 35, 55 and 56 made.

Bill to be further considered tomorrow.

9 Public Petitions

A Public Petition from residents of the UK relating to health services in East Cleveland and Park End, Middlesbrough was presented and read by Tom Blenkinsop.

A Public Petition from residents of the UK relating to CAMRA’s call for a pubs watchdog was presented and read by Greg Mulholland.

A Public Petition from residents of the UK relating to proposed closure of the NatWest branch on Splott Road, Cardiff was presented and read by Stephen Doughty.

10 Suspension of sitting

The Speaker suspended the sitting (Order, 13 May).

11 Message to attend the Lords Commissioners.-A Message from the Lords Commissioners was delivered by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod:

The Lords, authorised by virtue of Her Majesty’s Commission, for declaring Her Royal Assent to several Acts agreed upon by both Houses, and for proroguing the present Parliament, desire the immediate attendance of this Honourable House in the House of Peers, to hear the Commission read.

Accordingly the Speaker, with the House, went up to the House of Peers, where a Commission was read, giving, declaring and notifying the Royal Assent to the following Acts, and for proroguing this present Parliament:

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014

Deep Sea Mining Act 2014

Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014

Intellectual Property Act 2014

Pensions Act 2014

Defence Reform Act 2014

Water Act 2014

Care Act 2014

Immigration Act 2014

House of Lords Reform Act 2014

Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 2014

And afterwards Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Leader of the House of Lords (in pursuance of Her Majesty’s Command), as follows:

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, my Ministers’ first priority has been to strengthen the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom through the growth of the private sector and the creation of further opportunities for employment. To this end, legislation has been passed to make it easier for businesses to protect their intellectual property and to reform the financial services sector. Legislation has also been enacted to introduce a new Employment Allowance to support the creation of jobs and to help small businesses.

My Government has made it a priority to promote investment in infrastructure across the United Kingdom. In pursuance of this, legislation has been passed to update energy infrastructure and to improve the water industry. Legislation was also introduced to enable the building of the High Speed Two railway line to provide further opportunities for economic growth in many of Britain’s cities.

My Ministers have worked to promote a fairer society that rewards people who work hard. In pursuit of this goal, legislation was brought forward to support people who have saved for their retirement and to reform the way long-term care is paid for so that the elderly should not have to sell their homes to meet the costs of their care.

Legislation was enacted to ensure sufferers of mesothelioma receive payments where no liable employer or insurer can be traced.

Policies have been pursued which are designed to ensure that every child has the best start in life, regardless of background. Measures have been passed to reform the law on marriage in England and Wales to make provision for same sex couples.

My Government attaches the highest priority to reducing crime and protecting national security. Legislation was passed to reform the way in which offenders are rehabilitated in England and Wales. Alongside these reforms, legislation was enacted to introduce new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour, cut crime and reform the police.

Legislation was passed further to reform Britain’s immigration system to attract people who will contribute and deter those who will not.

With regard to the defence of the Realm, legislation was brought forward to improve the way defence equipment is procured and to strengthen the Reserve Forces. Legislation was also passed governing remote gambling and in relation to the European Union.

My Government has taken forward a range of measures designed to foster greater accountability in public life. Legislation was passed to provide for greater transparency in lobbying, third party campaign spending and trade union administration. Measures were also enacted regarding local government, to close the Audit Commission and to give effect to a number of institutional improvements in Northern Ireland.

My Ministers have pursued policies to benefit people in every part of the United Kingdom and have continued to work to foster a strong working relationship with the devolved administrations.

The Duke of Edinburgh and I were pleased to welcome Her Excellency the President of the Republic of Korea and His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ireland on their visits to the United Kingdom. We were heartened by the warm welcome we received on our visit to Italy and the Holy See.

On the international stage, my Government has worked to reduce conflict and alleviate human suffering, through negotiations with Iran, by championing the rights of Syrians, and by supporting the Afghan people. My Ministers helped to secure the first international Arms Trade Treaty and are leading a worldwide effort to end the scourge of sexual violence in conflict. My Ministers have striven to promote British trade and investment around the world, creating new opportunities for the British people. Working with European partners, my Ministers have made progress towards a more open, competitive, flexible and democratically accountable European Union.

Members of the House of Commons

I thank you for the provisions which you have made for the work and dignity of the Crown and for the public services.

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.

By virtue of Her Majesty’s Commission which has now been read, we do, in Her Majesty’s name, and in obedience to Her Majesty’s Commands, prorogue this Parliament to Wednesday, the fourth day of June to be then here holden, and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Wednesday, the fourth day of June.

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Other proceedings

European Union Documents Referred

12 European Committee B

European Union Documents No. 7941/14 and Addenda 1 to 13, a Council Decision on the signing and provisional application of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States and Georgia, No. 7942/14 and Addenda 1 to 13, a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States and Georgia, No. 7943/14 and Addenda 1 to 14, a Council Decision on the signing and provisional application of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States and Moldova, and No. 7944/14 and Addenda 1 to 14, a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States and Moldova.

Reports from Select Committees

13 Education Committee

16+ care options: Evidence and written evidence, to be published (HC 1033) (Mr Graham Stuart).

14 European Scrutiny Committee

(1) Fiftieth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 83-xlv);

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

(Mr William Cash).

15 Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

(1) Legislative Scrutiny: (1) Criminal Justice and Courts Bill and (2) Deregulation Bill: Fourteenth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 1293);

(2) The work of the Equality and Human Rights Commission: Evidence, to be published (HC 1294);

(3) Children’s Rights: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Legislative Scrutiny: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) The implications for access to justice of the Government’s proposals to reform legal aid: Written evidence, to be published;

(6) UK National and Human Rights Institutions: Written evidence, to be published

(Dr Hywel Francis).

16 Procedure Committee

Minority party participation in the Backbench Business Committee: Evidence, to be published (HC 1288) (Mr Charles Walker).

17 Science and Technology Committee

Proposed takeover of AstraZeneca: Evidence and written evidence, to be published (HC 1272) (Andrew Miller).

18 Scottish Affairs Committee

(1) Blacklisting in Employment-update: incorporating the Government’s response to the Committee’s Sixth Report of Session 2013–14: Thirteenth Report, to be printed, with appendices and the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 1291);

(2) The Impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland: Devolving the DHP Cap: Fourteenth Report, to be printed, with an Appendix and the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 1292);

(3) The Referendum on Separation for Scotland: Evidence, to be printed (HC 140-xxiv)

(Mr Ian Davidson).

19 Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee on)

Twenty-seventh Report, to be printed (HC 166-xxvii) (Michael Ellis).

20 Statutory Instruments (Select Committee on)

Seventh Report, to be printed (HC 304-vii) (Michael Ellis).

21 Work and Pensions Committee

Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments: Evidence, to be published (HC 1212) (Dame Anne Begg).

John Bercow

Speaker

Sitting in Westminster Hall

No. 109

The sitting began at 9.30 am.

Adjournment

Subjects:

Strategic importance of the A47 (Mr Keith Simpson).

Planning in Stroud Valleys and Vale (Neil Carmichael).

Localisation of council tax support (Mr Nick Raynsford).

Small business start-ups in Scotland (Iain McKenzie).

Ambulance resources and response times (Mr Iain Wright).

Motion made and Question proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Karen Bradley.)

Sitting adjourned without Question put (Standing Order No. 10(13)).

Adjourned at 5.15 pm.

Lindsay Hoyle

Deputy Speaker

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1 Co-operative Societies

Draft Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 2010 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Andrea Leadsom).

2 Tribunals and Inquiries

Draft Transfer of Tribunal Functions (Mobile Homes Act 2013 and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling).

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3 Social Security

(1) Child Benefit (General) and Child Tax Credit (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 1231), dated 12 May 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Nicky Morgan); and

(2) Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 1230), dated 12 May 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Iain Duncan Smith).

Other Papers:

4 Government Resources and Accounts

Financial Report of the British Railways Board for the period ended 29 September 2013 (by Act); to be printed (HC 1238) (Secretary Patrick McLoughlin).

5 Government Trading Funds

Treasury Minute, dated 14 May 2014, concerning Companies House Trading Fund (by Act) (Danny Alexander).

6 House of Commons

Election for Chair of Defence Committee: Result (The Speaker).

7 Police

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revisions to Codes C and H) Order 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 1237), dated 14 May 2014 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May).

8 Police and Criminal Evidence

(1) Revised code of practice for the detention, treatment and questioning of persons by police officers (Code C) (by Act) (Secretary Theresa May); and

(2) Revised Code of Practice in connection with the detention, treatment and questioning by police officers of persons in police detention under Section 41 of, and Schedule 8 to, the Terrorism Act 2000; and the treatment and questioning by police officers of detained persons in respect of whom an authorisation to question after charge has been given under Section 22 of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 (Code H) (by Act) (Secretary Theresa May).

CORRIGENDA

Wednesday 13 May

Item 13, Church of England (General Synod) (Measure) should have read:

Greg Hands signified Queen’s consent, as far as Her Majesty’s prerogative and interest are concerned.

Greg Hands signified Prince of Wales’s consent, as far as his interest is concerned.

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6) and Order, 8 May), That the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure (HC 1273), passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for Her Royal Assent in the form in which the said Measure was laid before Parliament.-(Sir Tony Baldry.)

Question agreed to.

Item 17, should have read

Finance (No. 2) Bill (except clauses 1, 5 to 7, 11, 72 to 74 and 112, schedule 1, and certain new clauses and schedules) Committee,

Martin Caton (Chair) reported:

(1) written evidence submitted to the Committee, and

(2) that the Committee had gone through the Bill, in respect of Clauses 2 to 6, 8 to 10, Schedule 2, Clauses 12 to 15, Schedule 3, Clauses 16 to 41, Schedule 4, Clauses 42 and 43, Schedule 5, Clauses to 48, Schedule 6, Clause 49, Schedule 7, Clause 50, Schedule 8, Clauses 51 to 53, Schedules 9 and 10, Clauses 54 to 56, Clause 284, Clauses 57 to 64, Schedule 11, Clause 65, Schedule 12, Clauses 66 and 67, and pursuant to Standing Order No. 80B and Order of 1 April, had directed him to report the Bill (except clauses 1, 5 to 7, 11, 72 to 74 and 112, schedule 1, and certain new clauses and schedules) to the House, as amended.

Written evidence to be published.

Bill (except clauses 1, 5 to 7, 11, 72 to 74 and 112, schedule 1, and certain new clauses and schedules) to lie upon the Table.

Prepared 15th May 2014