House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday
16th December 2015

No. 89

The House met at 11.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Questions to (1) the Secretary of State for International Development

(2) the Prime Minister

2 Urgent Question: Support for victims of contaminated blood (Jane Ellison)

3 Statement: Daesh: Syria and Iraq (Secretary Philip Hammond)

4 Representation of the People (Proportional Representation) (House of Commons): 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 amend the Representation of the People Acts to provide for the introduction of proportional representation as a method for electing a certain number of Members of the House of Commons; to make provision about changing existing constituencies and reducing their number; and for connected purposes.-(Jonathan Reynolds.)

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

Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 152.

Ayes: 27 (Tellers: Helen Goodman, Daniel Zeichner).

Noes: 164 (Tellers: Mr Peter Bone, Mr Philip Hollobone).

Question accordingly negatived.

5 Deferred Divisions

The Deputy Speaker announced the results of the Division which had been deferred to this day (Standing Order No. 41A).

Statutory Instruments: Motion for Approval

That the draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015, which were laid before this House on 16 July, be approved.

Division No. 151.

Ayes: 298.

Noes: 261.

Question accordingly agreed to.

6 Armed Forces Bill (Programme) (No.2) Motion

Ordered, That the Order of 15 October 2015 (Armed Forces Bill (Programme)) be varied as follows:

(1) Paragraphs (4), (5) and (6) of the Order shall be omitted.

(2) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House on re-committal shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion, at today’s sitting, three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion for this Order.

(3) Any proceedings on Consideration and proceedings on Third Reading shall be taken in one day in accordance with the following provisions of this Order.

(4) Any proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after their commencement on that day.

(5) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill on that day.-(Mark Lancaster.)

7 Armed Forces Bill: Committee of the whole House

The House resolved itself into a Committee (Programme Orders, 15 October and today).

(In the Committee)

Clauses 1 to 18 agreed to.

Clause 19 (Extent in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and British overseas territories)

Amendment 1 made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 20 agreed to.

New clause NC1-(Mark Lancaster)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

New Clause NC2-(Liz Saville Roberts)-brought up, and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.

Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

New Clause NC5-(Mr Kevan Jones)-brought up, and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.

Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

New Clause NC8-(Mr Kevan Jones)-brought up, and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.

Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

New Clause NC9-(Mr Kevan Jones)-brought up, and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.

Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Schedule agreed to.

Amendment 2 made.

Title accordingly amended, as follows: A Bill to continue the Armed Forces Act 2006; to make provision about service discipline; to make provision about war pensions committees established under section 25 of the Social Security Act 1989; to make provision about Ministry of Defence fire-fighters; and for connected purposes.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

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The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.

George Hollingbery reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill and made amendments.

Bill, as amended, to be considered tomorrow; and to be printed (Bill 111).

8 Welfare Cap

Resolved, That, pursuant to the Charter for Budget Responsibility: Summer Budget 2015 update, which was approved by this House on 14 October 2015, under Section 1 of the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011, this House agrees that the breach of the Welfare Cap in 2016–17, 2017–18, and 2018–19 resulting from the decision not to pursue proposed changes to tax credits, as laid out in the Autumn Statement 2015, is justified and that no further debate will be required in relation to this specific breach.-(Mr Shailesh Vara.)

9 Riot Compensation Bill (Money)

Queen’s Recommendation signified.

Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Riot Compensation Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act by local policing bodies, by way of compensation for damage, destruction or theft occurring in the course of riots, out of money so provided.-(Mike Penning.)

10 Female Genital Mutilation

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11)), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 17228/13, a Commission Communication: Towards the elimination of female genital mutilation.-(Guy Opperman.)

Question agreed to.

11 Public Petitions

A Public Petition from residents of the UK relating to climate change was presented and read by Chloe Smith.

A Public Petition from residents of Newark relating to the merger of NHS Trusts in Nottinghamshire was presented and read by Robert Jenrick.

A Public Petition from residents of Sherwood relating to the merger of NHS Trusts in Nottinghamshire was presented and read by Mark Spencer.

12 Adjournment

Subject: East Anglia rail franchise (Jo Churchill).

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

At 7.00 pm, the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 9(3)).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Guy Opperman.)

Adjourned at 7.30 pm until tomorrow.

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Other proceedings

Lords Messages

13 Enterprise Bill [Lords]

The Lords have passed a bill to make provision relating to the promotion of enterprise and economic growth; and provision restricting exit payments in relation to public sector employment to which they desire the agreement of the Commons.

14 Enterprise Bill [Lords]

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 112), with Explanatory Notes (Bill 112–EN).

Public Petitions

15 Public Petitions

A Public Petition from residents of Maidstone and The Weald relating to the school funding model was presented by Mrs Helen Grant.

Private Business

16 High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Additional Provision-Summary of issues raised by comments on the Supplementary Environmental Statement 2 and AP3 Environmental Statement: Report prepared by the Independent Assessor appointed under Standing Order 224A(6)(a) and submitted to the House by the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills under Standing Order 224A(6)(b) and (8); to be published (HC 685).

General Committees: Reports

17 Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill

Mr Gary Streeter (Chair) reported the Bill, without amendment.

Bill, not amended, to be considered on Friday 29 January 2016.

18 Third Delegated Legislation Committee

Graham Stringer (Chair) reported the draft Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2015.

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).

19 First Delegated Legislation Committee (Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) (No. 3) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 1929))

(1) Chair: Philip Davies

(2) Members: Edward Argar, James Cartlidge, Sarah Champion, Mr Jim Cunningham, Byron Davies, Jim Dowd, Charlie Elphicke, Sue Hayman, Sir Oliver Heald, Dr Phillip Lee, Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck, Anne McLaughlin, Mike Penning, Grant Shapps, Mr Andrew Smith, Chris White and William Wragg.

20 Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Claims Management Complaints) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2016)

(1) Chair: Mrs Cheryl Gillan

(2) Members: Victoria Atkins, Neil Carmichael, Jackie Doyle-Price, Nusrat Ghani, Helen Goodman, Robert Jenrick, Seema Kennedy, Johnny Mercer, Angela Rayner, Christina Rees, Mr Virendra Sharma, Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Karl Turner, Mr Chuka Umunna, Mr Shailesh Vara and Matt Warman.

21 Third Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Interception of Communications: Code of Practice) Order 2015 and the draft Equipment Interference (Code of Practice) Order 2015)

(1) Chair: Ms Karen Buck

(2) Members: Peter Aldous, Richard Arkless, Guto Bebb, Margaret Beckett, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Charlie Elphicke, Suella Fernandes, Paul Flynn, Mr John Hayes, Sue Hayman, Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck, Mr Ivan Lewis, Chris Philp, Rebecca Pow, Victoria Prentis, Royston Smith, Keir Starmer and Chris White.

22 European Committee A in respect of European Union Documents No. 10154/13 and Addenda 1 to 5, a draft Regulation establishing a framework on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports, and No. 13764/14, a draft Regulation establishing a framework on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports (First reading): General approach

Members: Nigel Adams, Richard Burden, Ronnie Cowan, Geraint Davies, Jackie Doyle-Price, Robert Flello, Mary Glindon, Mr Robert Goodwill, Craig Mackinlay, Caroline Nokes, Will Quince, Angela Rayner and John Stevenson.

European Union Documents Referred

23 European Committee B

European Union Document No. 13486/15 and Addenda 1–6, a Commission Communication: Commission Work Programme 2016: No time for business as usual.

24 European Committee B

Unnumbered European Union Documents, the European Court of Auditors’ 2014 Annual Reports on the implementation of the budget, and on the activities funded by the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th European Development Funds, together with No. 11470/15 and Addenda 1–6, a Commission Report: Protection of the European Union’s financial interests-Fight against fraud annual report 2014, already referred on 16 September.

25 European Committee C

European Union Documents No. 5853/12 and Addenda 1–2, a Proposal for a Regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation), No. 5833/12 and Addenda 1–2, a Proposal for a Directive on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, and the free movement of such data, and No. 17069/13, a Commission Communication: Functioning of the Safe Harbour from the Perspective of EU Citizens and Companies Established in the EU.

Reports from Select Committees

26 Culture, Media and Sport Committee

(1) BBC Charter Review: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 398);

(2) Establishing world-class connectivity throughout the UK: Written evidence, to be published (HC 407)

(Jesse Norman).

27 Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (Joint Committee on)

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 651) (Mr David Hanson).

28 Education Committee

(1) Mental health and well-being of looked after children: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 481);

(2) Holocaust education: Written evidence, to be published (HC 480)

(Neil Carmichael).

29 Energy and Climate Change Committee

Outcomes of Paris COP21: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 614) (Angus Brendan MacNeil).

30 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

(1) Farmgate prices: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 474);

(2) Air quality: Written evidence, to be published (HC 479)

(Neil Parish).

31 Environmental Audit Committee

(1) Future of the Green Investment Bank:

(i) Second Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 536);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC 536);

(2) An assessment of EU–UK Environmental policies: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 537);

(3) Soil health: Written evidence, to be published (HC 653)

(Huw Irranca-Davies).

32 European Scrutiny Committee

(1) Fifteenth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 342-xiv);

(2) Ministerial Correspondence: Written evidence, to be published (HC 342)

(Sir William Cash).

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

(1) First Special Report, with Annex, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 698);

(2) Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 338)

(Mr Robert Syms).

34 Home Affairs Committee

(1) The work of the Immigration Directorates (Q2 2015): Government Response to the Committee’s Second Report of Session 2015–16: Third Special Report, to be printed (HC 693);

(2) The work of the Home Secretary: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 299);

(3) Countering extremism: Written evidence, to be published (HC 428);

(4) The work of the Home Office: Written evidence, to be published (HC 300);

(5) The work of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration: Written evidence, to be published (HC 362)

(Keith Vaz).

35 Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

(1) The UK Government’s policy on the use of drones for targeted killing: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 574);

(2) Legislative Scrutiny: Draft Investigatory Powers Bill: Written evidence, to be published (HC 652);

(3) Legislative Scrutiny: Extremism Bill: Written evidence, to be published (HC 647);

(4) Legislative Scrutiny: Housing and Planning Bill: Written evidence, to be published (HC 688);

(5) Legislative Scrutiny: Immigration Bill: Written evidence, to be published (HC 689);

(6) Legislative Scrutiny: Trade Union Bill: Written evidence, to be published (HC 630);

(7) Pre-appointment hearings: Written evidence, to be published (HC 648)

(Ms Harriet Harman).

36 Public Accounts (Committee of)

(1) Economic regulation of the water sector: Fifteenth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 505);

(2) e-Borders and successor programmes: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 643)

(Meg Hillier).

37 Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

(1) Appointment of the UK’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 658);

(2) Annual scrutiny of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman: Written evidence, to be published (HC 696);

(3) Electoral Commission: annual review: Written evidence, to be published (HC 524);

(4) Fundraising in the charitable sector: Written evidence, to be published (HC 431);

(5) Whitehall’s relationship with Kids Company: Written evidence, to be published (HC 433)

(Mr Bernard Jenkin).

38 Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee on)

Thirteenth Report, to be printed (HC 352-xiii) (Derek Twigg).

39 Statutory Instruments (Select Committee on)

Sixth Report, to be printed (HC 461-vi) (Derek Twigg).

40 Work and Pensions Committee

(1) Benefit delivery:

(i) Fourth Report, to be printed with the Formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 372);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC 372);

(2) Understanding the new state pension: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 550);

(3) Bereavement benefits: Written evidence, to be published (HC 551);

(4) Department for Work and Pensions Annual Report and Accounts: Written evidence, to be published (HC 507);

(5) Local welfare safety net: Written evidence, to be published (HC 373);

(6) Redundancy for Kellingley miners: Written evidence, to be published;

(7) Tax credits: Written evidence, to be published (HC 548)

(Frank Field).

John Bercow

Speaker

The Speaker will take the Chair at 9.30 am.

Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting began at 9.30 am.

Business appointed by the Chairman of Ways and Means (Standing Order No. 10(6))

(1) Provision of community transport

Resolved, That this House has considered the provision of community transport.-(Maggie Throup.)

The sitting was suspended between 10.56 am and 11.00 am.

(2) Sale of Ministry of Justice land in Gloucester

Resolved, That this House has considered the sale of Ministry of Justice land in Gloucester.-(Richard Graham.)

The sitting was suspended between 11.21 am and 2.30 pm (Standing Order No. 10(1)(b)).

(3) Benefit sanctions

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered benefit sanctions.-(Dr Eilidh Whiteford.)

The sitting was suspended between 3.05 pm and 3.14 pm for a division in the House (Standing Order No. 10(3)).

At 4.09 pm, the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 10(6)).

(4) Primary care in Tottenham

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered primary care in Tottenham.-(Mr David Lammy.)

At 4.39 pm, the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 10(6)).

(5) Standards of service at West London Coroner's Court

Resolved, That this House has considered standards of service at West London Coroner’s Court.-(James Berry.)

Sitting adjourned without Question put (Standing Order No. 10(14)).

Adjourned at 5.36 pm until tomorrow.

Lindsay Hoyle

Chairman of Ways and Means

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1 Proceeds of Crime

(1) Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Code of Practice) Order 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May);

(2) draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations: Code of Practice) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May);

(3) draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigative Powers of Prosecutors: Code of Practice) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (The Solicitor General); and

(4) draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Search, Seizure and Detention of Property: Code of Practice) (England and Wales) (No. 2) Order 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May).

2 Proceeds of Crime, Northern Ireland

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Search, Seizure and Detention of Property: Code of Practice) (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May).

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3 Education

School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 2033), dated 9 December 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr Sam Gyimah).

4 Ministers of the Crown

Transfer of Functions (Pensions Guidance) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 2013), dated 9 December 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Harriett Baldwin).

Other Papers:

5 Chiropractors

Report and Accounts of the General Chiropractic Council for 2014 (by Act) (Secretary Jeremy Hunt).

6 Government Resources and Accounts

(1) Client Funds Account of the 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes for 2014–15, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act); to be printed (HC 687) (Secretary Iain Duncan Smith); and

(2) Client Funds Account of the Child Maintenance Service 2012 child maintenance scheme for 2014–15, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act); to be printed (HC 686) (Secretary Iain Duncan Smith).

7 Isle of Man

Account for 2014–15 of Commissioners of HM Revenue and Customs in Account with the Government of the Isle of Man, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act); to be printed (HC 621) (Mr David Gauke).

8 National Audit

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on HM Revenue and Customs: Tackling tax fraud: how HMRC responds to tax evasion, the hidden economy and criminal attacks (by Act); to be printed (HC 610) (Clerk of the House).

9 Proceeds of Crime

(1) Draft Code of Practice issued under section 195S of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Search, Seizure and Detention of Property (Northern Ireland) (by Act) (Secretary Theresa May);

(2) Draft Code of Practice issued under section 292 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Recovery of Cash: Search Powers (by Act) (Secretary Theresa May);

(3) Draft Code of Practice issued under section 377 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Investigations (by Act) (Secretary Theresa May);

(4) Draft Code of Practice issued under section 377A of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (England and Wales and Northern Ireland): Investigative Powers of Prosecutors (by Act) (The Solicitor General); and

(5) Draft Code of Practice issued under section 47S of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Search, Seizure and Detention of Property (England and Wales) (by Act) (Secretary Theresa May).

10 Public Accounts

Treasury Minutes on the first to third Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2015–16, and progress on Government Cash Management (by Command) (Cm. 9170) (Harriett Baldwin).

11 United Nations

United Nations Sanctions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 2014), dated 9 December 2015 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Philip Hammond).

12 Universities of Oxford and Cambridge

Explanatory Memorandum to the Statute, dated 5 August 2015, made by the Governing Body of Jesus College in the University of Oxford, revising the existing Statutes of the College (laid 7 December) (by Command) (Secretary Sajid Javid).

13 Wales

First Annual Report by the Welsh Ministers on the Implementation and Operation of Part 2 (Finance) of the Wales Act 2014 (by Act) (Secretary Stephen Crabb).

Withdrawn Papers:

14 Universities of Oxford and Cambridge

Explanatory Memorandum to the Statute, dated 5 August 2015, made by the Governing Body of Jesus College in the University of Oxford, revising the existing Statutes of the College (by Command) (laid 7 December).

 

Prepared 17th December 2015