House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday
26th March 2015

No. 133

The House met at 9.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Speaker’s Statement: Lieutenant William Gladstone and Captain Dr John Esmonde

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

3 Urgent Questions: (1) Undercover policing (Mike Penning)

(2) Penrose Inquiry (Jane Ellison)

(3) Today’s business (Leader of the House)

4 Business of the House (24, 25 and 26 March) (No. 2)

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Order, 24 March), That the Order of 24 March 2015 (Business of the House (24, 25 and 26 March)) be varied as follows:

In paragraph (9) (Thursday 26 March), before sub-paragraph (a) insert-

"(za) proceedings on the Motions in the name of Mr William Hague relating to the deadline for tabling amendments and new Clauses and Schedules in Committee of the whole House and on report, to the pay for the Petitions Committee Chair, to elections for positions in the House and to Deputy Speakers shall be brought to a conclusion (unless already concluded) one hour after the commencement of proceedings on the first of those Motions;".-(John Penrose.)

Question agreed to.

5 Motions relating to procedure of the House

(1) Deadline for the tabling of amendments and new clauses/schedules

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House takes note of paragraphs 21 to 28 of the Seventh Report of the Procedure Committee, Matters for the Procedure Committee in the 2015 Parliament, HC 1121, concerning the trial of a three day deadline for the tabling of amendments and new clauses/schedules at report stage of all programmed bills; and approves the Committee’s recommendation in paragraph 28 that the trial should be extended for the duration of the first session of the 2015 Parliament, and extended to amendments and new clauses/schedules in Committee of the whole House of all bills and at report stage of un-programmed bills.-(Mr William Hague.)

One hour after the commencement of proceedings on the motion relating to the deadline for the tabling of amendments and new clauses/schedules the Speaker put the Questions necessary to bring proceedings on the motions in the name of Mr William Hague relating to the deadline for tabling amendments and new Clauses and Schedules in Committee of the whole House and on report, to the pay for the Petitions Committee Chair, to elections for positions in the House and to Deputy Speakers to a conclusion (Order, today).

Resolved, That this House takes note of paragraphs 21 to 28 of the Seventh Report of the Procedure Committee, Matters for the Procedure Committee in the 2015 Parliament, HC 1121, concerning the trial of a three day deadline for the tabling of amendments and new clauses/schedules at report stage of all programmed bills; and approves the Committee’s recommendation in paragraph 28 that the trial should be extended for the duration of the first session of the 2015 Parliament, and extended to amendments and new clauses/schedules in Committee of the whole House of all bills and at report stage of un-programmed bills.

(2) Pay for Petitions Committee Chair

Resolved, That the Resolution of the House of 19 March 2013, relating to Positions for which additional salaries are payable for the purposes of Section 4A(2) of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, be amended by inserting after "the Liaison Committee", "the Petitions Committee,".-(Mr William Hague.)

(3) Elections for positions in the House

Motion made and Question put, That this House notes the recommendation of the Procedure Committee in its Fifth Report of Session 2010–12, 2010 Elections for positions in the House, that the House should be invited to decide between a secret ballot or open division where the question at the start of a new Parliament that a former Speaker take the Chair is challenged, and accordingly makes the following change to Standing Orders, with effect from the beginning of the new Parliament:

Standing Order 1A (Re-election of former Speaker) Line 11, at end insert-

"(1A) If that question is contested, it shall be determined by secret ballot, to take place on the same day under arrangements made by the Member presiding, who shall announce the result of the ballot to the House as soon as is practicable.".-(Mr William Hague.)

The House divided.

Division No. 188.

Ayes: 202 (Tellers: Harriett Baldwin, Dr Thérèse Coffey).

Noes: 228 (Tellers: Mr David Hamilton, Heidi Alexander).

Question accordingly negatived.

(4) Deputy Speakers

Ordered, That, at the start of the 2015 Parliament, the Speaker may nominate no more than three Members as Deputy Speakers to serve until the House has elected Deputy Speakers in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 2A; and that the Members so nominated shall exercise all the powers vested in the Chairman of Ways and Means as Deputy Speaker.-(Mr William Hague.)

6 Backbench Business (unallotted)

Valedictory debate

Resolved, That this House has considered matters to be raised before the forthcoming dissolution.-(Sir George Young.)

7 Suspension of sitting

The Speaker suspended the sitting.

8 Message to attend the Lords Commissioners

A Message from the Lords Commissioners was delivered by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

Mr Speaker,

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.

The Royal Assent was given to the following Acts:-

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2015

Finance Act 2015

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015

Mutuals’ Deferred Shares Act 2015

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Act 2015

Consumer Rights Act 2015

Specialist Printing Equipment and Materials (Offences) Act 2015

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015

Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Act 2015

Deregulation Act 2015

Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Act 2015

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Act 2015

Control of Horses Act 2015

House of Commons Commission Act 2015

Recall of MPs Act 2015

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Act 2015

Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015

Health Service Commissioner for England (Complaint Handling) Act 2015

Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, my Government’s legislative programme has been founded on a long-term plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

Legislation passed in this session will support economic growth and help secure a better future for Britain. New Acts will make the United Kingdom the most attractive place to start, finance and grow a business and reduce the burden of excessive regulation on businesses, individuals and the taxpayer.

Legislation was passed to establish a simple set of consumer rights to promote competitive markets and economic growth. In addition, a new Act will simplify the collection of National Insurance contributions from the self-employed.

The creation of a modem infrastructure is vital in order to support economic growth.

A new Act will guarantee long-term investment in the road network, ensure new homes will be built to a zero carbon standard, reform planning law and enhance the United Kingdom's energy security.

My Government continues to promote legislation to enable the building of the High Speed Two railway line.

My Ministers have made it a priority to reform the criminal justice system.

New legislation on serious crime includes provision to tackle child neglect, disrupt organised crime and strengthen powers to seize the proceeds of crime.

An Act was passed to make wide-ranging reforms to the justice system, to protect the public and reduce reoffending.

Groundbreaking legislation was passed to strengthen the powers to prevent modern slavery and help stamp out human trafficking.

Legislation passed in this session will provide that where a person acts heroically, responsibly or for the benefit of others, this will be taken into account by the courts.

My Ministers attach the highest importance to safeguarding national security whilst maintaining civil liberties. To this end, legislation was passed to ensure that the law enforcement agencies retain the capabilities to protect the public. In recognition of the security situation, legislation was also passed to disrupt terrorism and tackle the extremism that risks drawing people into terrorism.

An Act was passed to improve the complaints system in the Armed Forces through the creation of an ombudsman.

It has been a priority for my Government to help build a fairer society.

Legislation was enacted which will help working families with their childcare costs and also reduce the cost of Stamp Duty Land Tax for ninety eight percent of people who pay the tax. To complement reforms begun earlier in the Parliament, legislation passed in this session will allow for innovation in the private pensions market to give greater control to employees.

My Ministers have taken forward a series of reforms to the constitution.

With regard to Parliament, Acts were passed to reform the House of Commons Commission, on the recall of Members of Parliament and to ensure that female Bishops sit in your Lordships’ House at the earliest opportunity.

My Ministers have pursued a programme of legislation to benefit people across the entire United Kingdom and have worked closely with the devolved administrations.

An Act was passed to enhance the devolution settlement in Wales and following the Stormont House agreement, legislation was enacted to devolve the power to set the rate of Corporation Tax in Northern Ireland.

Last year people in Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom, and draft legislation was published setting out further devolution to the Scottish Parliament.

The Duke of Edinburgh and I were pleased to welcome His Excellency the President of Singapore and his wife, and His Excellency the President of Mexico and his wife on their visits to the United Kingdom. We enjoyed a warm welcome on our visit to France which coincided with an invitation to attend the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

My Government has continued to pursue an active foreign policy, promoting British interests and values, and protecting British citizens abroad.

My Ministers contributed to a resolute NATO and European Union response to Russian actions in Ukraine. Through the NATO Summit in Wales, they achieved agreement on enhancing the Alliance’s rapid deployment capability to protect the United Kingdom’s allies.

The United Kingdom has been at the heart of the international coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy terrorism in the Middle East.

It has been a priority of my Ministers to reach an international agreement on practical steps to tackle the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. My Government has led the international response to Ebola in Sierra Leone, helping to bring the disease under control.

My Ministers have continued to promote and foster British trade and investment around the world to support the prosperity of the United Kingdom. They have also supported British nationals through modern and efficient consular services.

In Europe, my Ministers continue to work for reform to secure a European Union that is flexible, more accountable, and better able to compete in the global economy.

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.

After which the Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal said:

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 Monday the thirtieth day of this instant March to be then here holden, and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Monday the thirtieth day of this instant March.

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Other proceedings

Standing Orders (Public Business)

9 Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business with effect from the beginning of the next Parliament be printed (HC 1154).

Lords Messages

10 Finance (No. 2) Bill

The Lords agree to the Finance (No. 2) Bill, without amendment.

Reports from Select Committees

11 Communities and Local Government Committee

(1) Budget Statement 2015: Written evidence, to be published;

(2) Department for Communities and Local Government Supplementary Estimate 2014–15: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Clive Betts).

12 Home Affairs Committee

(1) Evaluating the new architecture of policing: the College of Policing and the National Crime Agency: Written evidence, to be published (HC 800);

(2) Gangs and youth crime: Written evidence, to be published (HC 199);

(3) Police bail: Written evidence, to be published (HC 962);

(4) Policing and mental health: Written evidence, to be published (HC 202);

(5) The work of the Home Secretary: Written evidence, to be published (HC 500);

(6) The work of the Immigration Directorates (January–June 2014): Written evidence, to be published (HC 712)

(Keith Vaz).

13 International Development Committee

The Future of UK Development Co-operation: Phase 2: Beyond Aid: Written evidence, to be published (HC 663) (Sir Malcolm Bruce).

14 Privileges (Committee of)

Matter of Privilege referred to the Committee on 22 May 2012: Written evidence (Kevin Barron).

15 Public Accounts (Committee of)

(1) Education Funding Agency and Department for Education financial statements-recall: Written evidence, to be published (HC 924);

(2) Tax avoidance and evasion: HSBC: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1095)

(Margaret Hodge).

16 Treasury Committee

(1) Financial Conduct Authority internal audit reports: Written evidence, to be published;

(2) Quindell plc: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) The cost and effectiveness of economic and financial sanctions: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Andrew Tyrie).

John Bercow

Speaker

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Draft Legislative Reform Order:

1 Regulatory Reform

Draft Legislative Reform (Combined Authorities and Economic Prosperity Boards) (England) Order 2015, with an Explanatory Document recommending the affirmative resolution procedure (by Act) (Secretary Eric Pickles).

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

2 Local Government

Draft Byelaws (Alternative Procedure) (England) Regulations 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Eric Pickles).

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3 Children and Young Persons

Health and Social Care (Miscellaneous Revocations) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 839), dated 23 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Jeremy Hunt).

4 Civil Aviation

International Interests in Aircraft Equipment (Cape Town Convention) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 912), dated 23 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Vince Cable).

5 Dangerous Drugs

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (No. 2) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 891), dated 20 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May).

6 Education

(1) School Governance (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 883), dated 24 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Nicky Morgan); and

(2) School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 887), dated 24 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Nicky Morgan).

7 European Union

European Communities (Designation) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 814), dated 19 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

8 Family Court

Justices’ Clerks and Assistants (Amendment) Rules 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 890), dated 23 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling).

9 Family Proceedings

Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 913), dated 23 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling).

10 Legal Aid and Advice

(1) Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 898), dated 25 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling); and

(2) Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 882), dated 24 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling).

11 Licensing

Revised Guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May).

12 Local Government

Borough of Rotherham (Scheme of Elections) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 884), dated 25 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Eric Pickles).

13 Mental Capacity

Lasting Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Public Guardian (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 899), dated 25 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling).

14 Merchant Shipping

Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 782), dated 23 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Patrick McLoughlin).

15 National Health Service

(1) Health and Social Care (Miscellaneous Revocations etc.) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 864), dated 23 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Jeremy Hunt); and

(2) Health Service Commissioner for England (Revocations) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 822), dated 19 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Jeremy Hunt).

16 Pensions

Funded Public Service Pension Schemes (Reduction of Cash Equivalents) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 892), dated 25 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Danny Alexander).

17 Public Passenger Transport

Public Service Vehicles (Conduct of Drivers, Inspectors, Conductors and Passengers) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 888), dated 24 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Patrick McLoughlin).

18 Public Service Pensions

Superannuation (Admission to Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 919), dated 25 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr Francis Maude).

19 Railways

Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) (Charging Framework and Transfer of Economic Regulation Functions) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 785), dated 24 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Patrick McLoughlin).

20 Senior Courts of England and Wales

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 877), dated 25 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling).

21 Transport

Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 786), dated 24 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Patrick McLoughlin).

22 Universities of Oxford and Cambridge

(1) Statute, dated 12 January 2015, made by the Governing Body of Merton College in the University of Oxford, revising the existing Statutes of the College (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Vince Cable); and

(2) Statute, dated 12 January 2015, made by the Governing Body of Wadham College in the University of Oxford, revising the existing Statutes of the College (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Vince Cable).

Other Papers:

23 Antarctica

Antarctic Act 1994 (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 823), dated 19 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

24 Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning

Addendum to the Report to Parliament of Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) for 1 April 2011–31 December 2014 (by Act); to be printed (HC 1153) (Secretary Nicky Morgan).

25 Bank of England

Response to the remit and recommendations for the Financial Policy Committee (by Act) (Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer).

26 Business, Innovation and Skills

(1) Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, Session 2014–15, on Government Support for Business (by Command) (Cm. 9039) (Secretary Vince Cable); and

(2) Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, Session 2014–15, on Business-University Collaboration (by Command) (Cm. 9053) (Secretary Vince Cable).

27 Data Protection

Guidance issued by the Information Commissioner under section 55C (1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 regarding the issue of monetary penalties (by Act) (Secretary Chris Grayling).

28 European Union

Government Response to the Seventh Report from the House of Lords European Union Committee, Session 2014–15, on Civilian Use of Drones in the EU (by Command) (Cm. 9054) (Secretary Patrick McLoughlin).

29 Financial Services (Banking Reform)

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013: Memorandum of Understanding between the Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Payment Systems Regulator and the Prudential Regulation Authority (by Act) (Andrea Leadsom).

30 Financial Services and Markets

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000: Memorandum of Understanding between the Financial Conduct Authority and the Bank of England, including the Prudential Regulation Authority (by Act) (Andrea Leadsom).

31 Health

Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Health Committee, Session 2014–15, on Complaints and Raising Concerns (by Command) (Cm. 9050) (Secretary Jeremy Hunt).

32 Overseas Territories

(1) Iran (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment and Suspension) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 825), dated 19 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Philip Hammond);

(2) Syria (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 824), dated 19 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Philip Hammond); and

(3) Zimbabwe (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment and Revocation) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 826), dated 19 March 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

33 Police

(1) Explanatory Memorandum to the Police (Conduct) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 626) (laid 12 March) (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May); and

(2) Explanatory Memorandum to the Police Appeals Tribunals (Amendment) Rules 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 625) (laid 12 March) (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May).

34 Port of London

Report and Accounts of Port of London Authority for 2014 (by Act) (Secretary Patrick McLoughlin).

35 Protection of Charities

Government Response to the Report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill, Session 2014–15 (by Command) (Cm. 9056) (Mr Francis Maude).

36 Reinsurance (Acts of Terrorism)

Retrocession Agreement between Pool Reinsurance Company Limited and the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury (by Act) (Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer).

37 Statutory Instruments (Notification)

Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation: Offshore Asset Moves Penalty (Specified Territories) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 866) (by Order) (The Speaker).

Withdrawn Papers:

38 Police

(1) Explanatory Memorandum to the Police (Conduct) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 626) (by Command) (laid 12 March); and

(2) Explanatory Memorandum to the Police Appeals Tribunals (Amendment) Rules 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 625) (by Command) (laid 12 March).

Prepared 26th March 2015