Business Today: Chamber for Wednesday 2 December 2015

11.30am Prayers

Followed by



At 7.00pm (Standing Order No. 15 and No. 41A(3))

The Prime Minister

That, at this day’s sitting, the Business of the House motion in the name of the Prime Minister, may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) will not apply.



Until any hour (if the 7.00pm Business of the House (Today) Motion is agreed to)

The Prime Minister

That at this day’s sitting, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the name of the Prime Minister relating to ISIL in Syria (United Nations Security Council Resolution 2249) not later than 10pm; such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; proceedings may continue, though opposed, after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.


Until 10.00pm (if the Business of the House Motion is agreed to)

The Prime Minister

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

Secretary Theresa May

Secretary Philip Hammond

Secretary Michael Fallon

Secretary Justine Greening

That this House notes that ISIL poses a direct threat to the United Kingdom; welcomes United Nations Security Council Resolution 2249 which determines that ISIL constitutes an 'unprecedented threat to international peace and security' and calls on states to take 'all necessary measures' to prevent terrorist acts by ISIL and to 'eradicate the safe haven they have established over significant parts of Iraq and Syria'; further notes the clear legal basis to defend the UK and our allies in accordance with the UN Charter; notes that military action against ISIL is only one component of a broader strategy to bring peace and stability to Syria; welcomes the renewed impetus behind the Vienna talks on a ceasefire and political settlement; welcomes the Government's continuing commitment to providing humanitarian support to Syrian refugees; underlines the importance of planning for post-conflict stabilisation and reconstruction in Syria; welcomes the Government’s continued determination to cut ISIL’s sources of finance, fighters and weapons; notes the requests from France, the US and regional allies for UK military assistance; acknowledges the importance of seeking to avoid civilian casualties, using the UK’s particular capabilities; notes the Government will not deploy UK troops in ground combat operations; welcomes the Government's commitment to provide quarterly progress reports to the House; and accordingly supports Her Majesty's Government in taking military action, specifically airstrikes, exclusively against ISIL in Syria; and offers its wholehearted support to Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

Amendment (b)

Mr John Baron

Angus Robertson

Mr Graham Allen

Hywel Williams

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

Caroline Lucas

Paul FlynnDr Julian LewisJohn Mann

Mark DurkanMs Margaret RitchieAlex Salmond

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh Mr David DavisMarie Rimmer

Graham StringerMike KaneCat Smith

Wes StreetingIan MearnsJon Cruddas

Clive LewisRachael MaskellPeter Dowd

Huw Irranca-DaviesAlbert OwenMr David Anderson

Kate OsamorLouise HaighStephen Kinnock

Paul FarrellySteve McCabeMr Dennis Skinner

Mr Ronnie CampbellAngus Brendan MacNeilLiz Saville Roberts

Jonathan EdwardsFabian HamiltonAndy McDonald

Ian LaveryMr David LammyImran Hussain

Daniel ZeichnerSir Gerald KaufmanMr Jim Cunningham

Chi OnwurahMr Philip HolloboneNatalie McGarry

Dr Philippa WhitfordPeter GrantMartin John Docherty

Michelle ThomsonAlison ThewlissMarion Fellows

Owen ThompsonRichard ArklessHannah Bardell

Mhairi BlackIan BlackfordKirsty Blackman

Philip BoswellDeidre BrockAlan Brown

Dr Lisa CameronDouglas ChapmanJoanna Cherry

Ronnie CowanAngela CrawleyMartyn Day

Stuart Blair DonaldsonMargaret FerrierStephen Gethins

Patricia GibsonPatrick GradyNeil Gray

Drew HendryStewart HosieGeorge Kerevan

Calum KerrChris LawStewart Malcolm McDonald

Stuart C. McDonaldCallum McCaigAnne McLaughlin

John Mc NallyCarol MonaghanDr Paul Monaghan

Roger MullinGavin NewlandsJohn Nicolson

Brendan O'HaraKirsten OswaldSteven Paterson

Tommy SheppardChris StephensMike Weir

Dr Eilidh WhitefordCorri WilsonPete Wishart

Dr Rupa HuqBill EstersonHarry Harpham

Sir Alan MealeJonathan ReynoldsRichard Burgon

Mary GlindonPat GlassChristian Matheson

Sir Edward LeighJulie Cooper

Line 1, leave out from 'House' to end and add ', while welcoming the renewed impetus towards peace and reconstruction in Syria, and the Government's recognition that a comprehensive strategy against Daesh is required, does not believe that the case for the UK's participation in the ongoing air campaign in Syria by 10 countries has been made under current circumstances, and consequently declines to authorise military action in Syria.'.

Amendment (c)

Barry Gardiner

Ms Karen Buck

Dr Rupa Huq

Clive Efford

Sir Edward Leigh

Pat Glass

Melanie OnnChristian Matheson

Line 1, leave out from 'House' to end and add 'welcomes the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2249, which recognises that ISIL/Da’esh constitutes an ‘unprecedented threat to international peace and security’ and calls upon Member States to take ‘all necessary measures’ to eradicate the safe haven they have established over significant parts of Iraq and Syria, but considers that the proposal put forward by the Government does not represent a coherent and comprehensive military strategy that has a real chance of successfully eradicating Da’esh, but rather risks bombing innocent civilians currently held in Raqqa and other cities under Da’esh’s control; therefore calls on Her Majesty’s Government to work with the Secretary General, other members of the Security Council and other UN Member States, to establish a credible international coalition of ground forces predominantly from other Islamic countries, mandated by the Security Council to operate within Syria, to work in coordination with existing Allied and Russian air strikes towards the objective of eradicating Da’esh; further welcomes the commitment of the International Syrian Support Group to establish a ceasefire to facilitate a political resolution of the Civil War; and urges the Government to work within the United Nations to have the international coalition of ground forces authorised as the UN Peacekeeping force, mandated to create the conditions to enable such a political negotiation to take place.'.

Amendment (a)

Sir Edward Leigh

Line 18, after 'Syria', insert ', only in self-defence'.

Relevant Documents

Second Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, on The extension of offensive British military operations to Syria, HC 457, and the Prime Minister’s response, published on the internet on 26 November.

Seventh Report from the Defence Committee, Session 2014-15, on The situation in Iraq and Syria and the response to al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq al-Sham (DAESH), HC 690, and the Government's response, Twelfth Special Report, Session 2014-15, HC 1126; and oral evidence taken before the Defence Committee on 1 December 2015, UK military operations in Syria and Iraq, HC 657.


No debate or decision (Standing Order No. 153)

OP buttonMandatory reporting of child abuse: Mrs Cheryl Gillan


Until 7.30pm or for half an hour (whichever is later) (Standing Order No. 9(7))

OP buttonProtections for purchasers of new build homes: Caroline Nokes





The first part of the sitting will last for two hours. The second part of the sitting will last for three hours (Standing Order No. 10(1)).


OP buttonThat this House has considered the effect of state pension age equalisation on women born in the 1950s: Barbara Keeley


OP buttonThat this House has considered Boulby Potash job losses and wider Teesside unemployment: Tom Blenkinsop


The sitting will be suspended from 11.30am to 4.00pm.


OP buttonNo debate


OP buttonThat this House has considered commuter services from Chelmsford to London Liverpool Street: Sir Simon Burns


OP buttonThat this House has considered benefit sanctions: Neil Gray

The second part of the sitting will be suspended and time added if divisions take place in the main Chamber (Standing Order No. 10(3)).

The debate at 4.30pm will last for up to an hour.



 Statements to be made today

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

1.Disabled Students’ Allowances

2.UK Justice Home Affairs (JHA) opt-in to a Council Decision relating to the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Services Waiver

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

3.Energy Council, Brussels 26 November 2015

Secretary of State for the Home Department

4.Justice & Home Affairs pre-Council Statement


Texts of Written Statements are available from the Vote Office and on the internet at



The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be changed without notice.

 Public Bill Committees

OP buttonNHS (Charitable Trusts Etc) Bill

To consider the Bill

Room 9

2.00pm (public)

 Delegated Legislation Committees

OP buttonSecond Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Code E) Order 2015

Room 9

8.55am (public)

 Select Committees

OP buttonEducation

Subject: The Role of Regional Schools Commissioners

Witnesses: Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

9.15am (private), 9.30am (public), 11.00am (private)

OP buttonNorthern Ireland Affairs

Subject: Promoting the tourism industry in Northern Ireland through the tax system

Witnesses: Janice Gault, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, and Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive, British Hospitality Association; David Wilson, Director of Public Affairs, British Beer and Pub Association, and Colin Neill, Chief Executive, Hospitality Ulster (at 10.30am)

Room 15

9.15am (private), 9.30am (public)

OP buttonWork and Pensions

Subject: Local welfare safety net

Witnesses: Jill Farrar, Senior Team Manager, Blackpool Council, Councillor Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Investment, Lambeth Council, and Councillor John Fuller, Vice Chairman, Resources Panel, Local Government Association and Leader, South Norfolk Council; Marcus Jones MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and Matthew Style, Director of Local Government Finance, Department for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, and Pete Searle, Director of Working Age, Department for Work and Pensions (at 10.15am)

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

9.15am (private), 9.30am (public), 11.00am (private)

OP buttonEuropean Scrutiny

Subject: EU Scrutiny: follow up

Witnesses: Rona Fairhead CBE, Chairman, and Richard Ayre, Trustee, BBC Trust

Room 8

9.30am (private), 10.00am (public)

OP buttonHigh Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

Subject: High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

Witnesses: Locus challenges; Cumberland Basin Horticultural Society; and Elizabeth Birch

Room 5

9.30am (public)

OP buttonEuropean Scrutiny

Room 19

1.45pm (private)

OP buttonCulture, Media and Sport

Subject: Blood Doping in Athletics

Witnesses: Lord Coe CH KBE, President, International Association of Athletics Federations

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

2.00pm (private), 2.15pm (public)

OP buttonEnvironment, Food and Rural Affairs

Subject: Farmgate prices

Witnesses: Christine Tacon, Groceries Code Adjudicator; George Eustice MP, Minister of State, Mark Filley, Head of Livestock, Dairy and Genetic Resources, and Tim Mordan, Deputy Director, Farming Sectors Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (at 3.15pm)

Room 16

2.00pm (private), 2.15pm (public)

OP buttonEnvironmental Audit

Subject: Assessment of EU/UK Environmental Policy

Witnesses: Professor Maria Lee, Professor of EU Environmental Law, University College London, Dr Sebastian Oberthuer, Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development, Institute for European Studies, and Nigel Haigh, Honorary Fellow, Institute of European Environmental Policy

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

2.00pm (private), 2.45pm (public)

OP buttonHigh Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

Subject: High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

Witnesses: As for morning session, unless already heard

Room 5

2.00pm (public)

OP buttonPublic Accounts

Subject: Reform of the rail franchising programme

Witnesses: Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary, Bernadette Kelly, Director General, Rail Executive, and Peter Wilkinson, Managing Director, Passenger Services, Department for Transport

Room 15

2.00pm (private), 2.30pm (public)

OP buttonTreasury

Subject: Comprehensive Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015

Witnesses: James Sproule, Chief Economist and Director of Policy, Institute of Directors, Robert Wood, Chief UK Economist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Simon Kirby, Head of Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting, National Institute of Economic and Social Research; Paul Johnson, Director, Gemma Tetlow, Programme Director and James Browne, Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies (at 3.15pm)

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

2.00pm (private), 2.15pm (public)

OP buttonBusiness, Innovation and Skills

Room 6

3.00pm (private)

OP buttonSelection

Room 13

4.30pm (private)

OP buttonStatutory Instruments

Room 7

As soon as convenient after 3.45pm (private)

 Joint Committees

OP buttonHuman Rights

Subject: The UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing

Witnesses: Jennifer Gibson, Reprieve, Sir David Omand, Chair, Birmingham Policy Commission, and Professor Thomas Simpson, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Oxford

Room 2A

3.00pm (private), 4.00pm (public)

OP buttonStatutory Instruments

Room 7

3.45pm (private)

OP buttonDraft Investigatory Powers Bill

Subject: Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

Witnesses: Rt Hon Sir Mark Waller, Intelligence Services Commissioner; Rt Hon Lord Judge, Chief Surveillance Commissioner, Clare Ringshaw-Dowle, Chief Surveillance Inspector, Office of Surveillance Commissioners, Rt Hon Sir Stanley Burnton, Interception of Communications Commissioner, and Jo Cavan, Head of the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (at 4.40pm); David Anderson QC, and Professor Michael Clarke, Director, Royal United Services Institute (at 5.40pm)

Room 3

4.00pm (private), 4.15pm (public)




OP button10th Report: Care Act first-phase reforms and local government new burdens, HC 412

Time of publication: 00.01am




OP buttonTuesday 8 December to Monday 14 December (deadline 2 December)

Applications should be made in writing to the Table Office by 7.00pm or rise of the House, whichever is the earlier, on Wednesday 2 December. The ballot will take place on Thursday 3 December.

OP buttonTuesday 15 December to Thursday 17 December (deadline 9 December)

Applications should be made in writing to the Table Office by 7.00pm or rise of the House, whichever is the earlier, on Wednesday 9 December. The ballot will take place on Thursday 10 December.


Applications for 90, 60 and 30-minute debates should be made to the Table Office by 10.00pm or rise of the House, whichever is the earlier, on the deadline dates listed below. Members may submit applications to the Table Office in person, or from their own email account, or send a signed application through the post. Application forms are available from the Table Office or through the intranet at

The ballot takes place on the day following the deadline. Members will be informed of the outcome by the Speaker’s Office.

OP buttonTuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December (deadline 7 December)

The following Departments will answer:

Attorney General; Defence; Energy and Climate Change; Health; International Development; Justice; Transport; Wales; Women and Equalities; Work and Pensions.

OP buttonTuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 January (deadline 14 December)

The following Departments will answer:

Business, Innovation and Skills; Cabinet Office; Communities and Local Government; Culture, Media and Sport; Education; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Home Office; Leader of the House; Northern Ireland; Scotland; Treasury.

OP buttonTuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 January (deadline 5 January)

The following Departments will answer:

Attorney General; Defence; Energy and Climate Change; Health; International Development; Justice; Transport; Wales; Women and Equalities; Work and Pensions.




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