House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday
9th February 2016

No. 114

The House met at 11.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Questions to the Secretary of State for Health

2 Blood Donor (Equality) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Tim Farron, supported by Michael Fabricant, presented a Bill to make provision about the conditions to be met by male blood donors, including removing the restrictions relating to blood donation from men who have sexual intercourse with men; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 11 March, and to be printed (Bill 130).

3 Ofsted Inspections (Schools’ Rights of Challenge): Motion for leave to bring in a Bill (Standing Order No. 23)

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish the right of schools and academies to challenge the timing and format of school inspections; to appeal against the outcomes of such inspections; to make provision about increasing accountability and quality assurance within the school inspection system; and for connected purposes;

That John Pugh, Mr Clive Betts, Norman Lamb, Tom Brake, Kelvin Hopkins, Greg Mulholland, Mr Mark Williams, Steve McCabe and Fiona Bruce present the Bill.

John Pugh accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 11 March, and to be printed (Bill 131).

4 Opposition Day: Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (Order of 8 February)

Timing of referendum on EU membership

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House notes and regrets that the Government appears set to rush to a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union in June 2016; believes that no case has been made for holding a referendum at such an early stage, and that further, any such needlessly premature date risks contaminating the result; believes that a subject as fundamental as EU membership should be decisively settled after a full and comprehensive debate; notes the recommendations of the Electoral Commission on best practice for referendums; further notes that there are elections happening in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, London and some local authorities in May 2016 and that the First Ministers of each of the devolved administrations have all expressed opposition to a June referendum date; and urges the Government to set the date for the referendum having respect for the May elections as distinct electoral choices.-(Mr Nigel Dodds.)

The Speaker announced a time limit on backbench speeches (Standing Order No. 47(1)).

Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 188.

Ayes: 70 (Tellers: Jim Shannon, David Simpson).

Noes: 286 (Tellers: Sarah Newton, Simon Kirby).

Question accordingly negatived.

5 Opposition Day: Leader of the Liberal Democrats (Order of 8 February)

Long-term plan for housing

Motion made and Question put, That this House believes everyone deserves a decent, affordable home to live in; regrets that many people are priced out of the communities in which they grew up due to rising house prices and rents; acknowledges the achievements of the Coalition Government in implementing Help to Buy, bringing empty homes back into use and increasing support for self-build; condemns the present Government’s housing reforms which will lead to fewer new affordable homes for rent and breakdown in communities by selling off affordable homes with no guarantee of replacement; further notes their devastating impact on supported housing of the most vulnerable including those with learning disabilities; recognises the need for a huge increase in the supply of homes due to decades of under-delivery by successive governments; notes that an increase in apprenticeships and other skills training within the construction industry is required to meet that need; further notes the particular challenges of affordable housing in rural areas; regrets that the average cost of a home in London is now over £500,000; endorses the proposal of London Mayoral candidate, Caroline Pidgeon, to convert the Olympic precept into a funding stream that would enable 200,000 new homes to be built in London; acknowledges the benefits of building sustainable homes; and calls on the Government to set out a long-term housing plan to meet the housing needs of future generations which includes lifting the borrowing cap for councils and at least ten new garden cities.-(Tim Farron.)

The House divided.

Division No. 189.

Ayes: 15 (Tellers: Tom Brake, Mr Alistair Carmichael).

Noes: 274 (Tellers: Simon Kirby, Sarah Newton).

Question accordingly negatived.

6 House of Commons (Administration) Bill (Money)

Queen’s Recommendation signified.

Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the House of Commons (Administration) Bill it is expedient to authorise:

(1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred under or by virtue of the Act by the Treasury; and

(2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund.-(Dr Thérèse Coffey.)

7 Better Regulation

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11)), That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 9079/15 and Addenda 1 and 2, a Commission Communication: Better regulation for better results-An EU agenda, No. 9121/15 and Addendum, a Commission Communication: Proposal for an Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Regulation, and unnumbered European Union Document, an Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making; welcomes the Commission’s intention to use these documents to refresh and take forward its work on better regulation; and supports the negotiations on the Interinstitutional Agreement that started in June last year, aimed at setting out the commitments of the European Parliament, the Council and Commission concerning better regulation, interinstitutional relations and the legislative process.-(Stephen Barclay.)

Question agreed to.

8 Financial Management: Countering Fraud

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11)), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 11470/15 and Addenda 1 to 6, a Commission Report: Protection of the European Union’s financial interests-Fight against fraud 2014 Annual Report, and 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; agrees that budgetary discipline and robust financial management at all levels remains crucial, and that EU taxpayers must have confidence that their funds are being effectively managed and implemented at an EU level; expresses disappointment that the error rate for EU budget payments shows only a slight improvement on last year; supports the Government’s efforts to continue to engage with the Commission and Member States to drive improvements to reduce the error rate, in particular, advancing the simplification agenda; stresses the importance of the EU budget achieving results as well as being compliant; and presses the Commission for a clear action plan to address the European Court of Auditors’ recommendations relating to the European Development Fund in order to improve its error rate.-(Stephen Barclay.)

Question agreed to.

9 Assessment of Exhaust Emissions from Passenger Cars and Light Vans

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11)), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 14506/15 and Addendum, a Commission Regulation (EU) …of…amending Regulation (EC) No 692/2008 as regards emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 6); and urges the Government to continue to press for action so that EU emissions testing accurately reflects real-world performance of vehicles on the road.-(Stephen Barclay.)

Question agreed to.

10 Adjournment

Subject: Jobs and growth in the Humber Energy Estuary (Martin Vickers).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Stephen Barclay.)

Adjourned at 7.33 pm until tomorrow.

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Other proceedings

Lords Messages

11 Transport for London Bill [Lords]

The Lords have considered the Commons Message of 17 November 2015 in respect of the Transport for London Bill [Lords] and have come to the following Resolution in respect of the said Bill:

That the promoters of the Transport for London Bill [Lords], which was originally introduced in this House in Session 2010–12 on 24 January 2011, should have leave to proceed with the Bill in the current Session according to the provisions of Private Business Standing Order 150B (Revival of Bills).

12 Welfare Reform and Work Bill

The Lords agree to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill with amendments to which they desire the agreement of the Commons.

Printing of Lords Amendments

13 Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Lords Amendments to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to be considered tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 132) with Explanatory Notes (Bill 132–EN).

General Committees: Reports

14 Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [Lords] Committee

Phil Wilson (Chair) reported written evidence submitted to the Committee.

Written evidence to be published.

15 Enterprise Bill [Lords] Committee

Sir David Amess (Chair) reported:

(1) That the Committee had come to the following Resolution, That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication; and

(2) written evidence.

Written evidence to be published.

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).

16 Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft European Union Referendum (Conduct) Regulations 2016)

Members: Richard Fuller discharged and Amanda Milling nominated in substitution.

Reports from Select Committees

17 Backbench Business Committee

Determination of business to be taken on 11 and 23 February in the Chamber, with Annex containing a transcript of representations made on 9 February, to be published (Ian Mearns).

18 Culture, Media and Sport Committee

(1) BBC Charter Review:

(i) First Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 398);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published;

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

(Jesse Norman).

19 Defence Committee

(1) Flexible Response? An SDSR checklist of potential threats and vulnerabilities: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2015–16: Fourth Special Report, to be printed (HC 794);

(2) UK military operations in Syria and Iraq: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 657)

(Dr Julian Lewis).

20 Energy and Climate Change Committee

(1) Investor confidence in the UK energy sector: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 542);

(2) Correspondence with Dermot Nolan, Ofgem, relating to overcharging by energy companies: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Future of carbon capture and storage in the UK: Written evidence, to be published (HC 692);

(4) Home energy efficiency and demand reduction: Written evidence, to be published (HC 552);

(5) Setting the fifth carbon budget: Written evidence, to be published (HC 659)

(Angus Brendan MacNeil.)

21 Foreign Affairs Committee

(1) The FCO and the 2015 Spending Review: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2015–16: First Special Report, to be printed (HC 816);

(2) Libya: examination of intervention and collapse and the UK’s future policy options: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 520);

(3) The fight against ISIL: the UK’s role: Written evidence, to be published (HC 683)

(Crispin Blunt).

22 Health Committee

(1) Public health post–2013: structures, organisation, funding and delivery: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 569);

(2) Food Standards Agency Supplementary Estimate Memorandum 2015–16: Written evidence, to be published

(Dr Sarah Wollaston).

23 Home Affairs Committee

(1) The work of the Immigration Directorates (Q3 2015): Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 772);

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

(3) Migration crisis: Written evidence, to be published (HC 427);

(4) The work of the Metropolitan Police: Written evidence, to be published (HC 312)

(Keith Vaz).

24 International Development Committee

(1) DFID’s allocation of resources: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 533);

(2) DFID’s programme in Nigeria: Written evidence, to be published (HC 676);

(3) Sustainable Development Goals: Written evidence, to be published (HC 337)

(Stephen Twigg).

25 Justice Committee

(1) Courts and tribunals fees and charges: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 396);

(2) Prison safety: Written evidence, to be published (HC 625);

(3) Relationship between HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the Ministry of Justice: Written evidence, to be published (HC 724)

(Robert Neill).

26 Petitions Committee

(1) Record of the Committee’s decisions relating to e-petitions, to be published;

(2) List of closed e-petitions presented to the House, to be published

(Helen Jones).

27 Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

(1) Follow-up to PHSO report on HS2: Written evidence, to be published (HC 793);

(2) PHSO annual review: Written evidence, to be published (HC 696);

(3) The collapse of Kids Company: lessons for charity trustees, professional firms, the Charity Commission and Whitehall: Written evidence, to be published (HC 433)

(Mr Bernard Jenkin).

28 Science and Technology Committee

(1) Satellites and space: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 804);

(2) Digital skills gap: Written evidence, to be published (HC 740)

(Nicola Blackwood).

29 Treasury Committee

(1) Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015: Sixth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 638);

(2) Reviewing the Office for Budget Responsibility: Seventh Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 514);

(3) The Treasury Committee’s scrutiny of appointments: Eighth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 821);

(4) Government Internal Audit Agency: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 786)

(Mr Andrew Tyrie).

John Bercow

Speaker

The Speaker will take the Chair at 11.30 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) Closer working between the emergency services

Resolved, That this House has considered closer working between the emergency services.-(Richard Fuller.)

(2) Multi-sports clubs and HMRC changes to community amateur sports club status

Resolved, That this House has considered multi-sports clubs and HMRC changes to community amateur sports club status.-(David Mowat.)

The sitting was suspended between 11.28 am and 2.30 pm (Standing Order No. 10(1)(b)).

(3) Work capability assessments

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered work capability assessments.-(Louise Haigh.)

The sitting was suspended between 3.53 pm and 4.06 pm for a division in the House (Standing Order No. 10(3)).

Resolved, That this House has considered work capability assessments.

(4) Communications infrastructure and flooding in the North West

Resolved, That this House has considered communications infrastructure and flooding in the North West.-(Simon Danczuk.)

(5) The social mobility index

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered the social mobility index.-(Chloe Smith.)

The Chair announced a time limit on backbench speeches (under the authority of the Chairman of Ways and Means and Standing Order No. 47(1)).

Resolved, That this House has considered the social mobility index.

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

Adjourned at 5.44 pm until tomorrow.

Lindsay Hoyle

Chairman of Ways and Means

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1 Sports Grounds and Sporting Events

Football Spectators (2016 European Championship Control Period) Order 2016 (S.I., 2016, No. 141), dated 8 February 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May).

Other Papers:

2 Justice and Security

Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill (by Act); to be printed (HC 795) (Clerk of the House).

3 National Audit

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Department for Education: Training new teachers (by Act); to be printed (HC 798) (Clerk of the House).


SPEAKER'S CERTFICATES

Instruments

The Speaker has certified, for the purposes of Standing Order No. 83P, and on the basis of material put before him, that, in his opinion, the following instrument relates exclusively to England and is within devolved legislative competence, as defined in Standing Order No. 83P.

Referendums Relating to Council Tax Increases (Alternative Notional Amounts) (England) Report 2016/2017.

The Speaker has certified, for the purposes of Standing Order No. 83P, and on the basis of material put before him, that, in his opinion, the following draft instrument relates exclusively to England and is within devolved legislative competence, as defined in Standing Order No. 83P.

Draft Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Election of Mayor with Police and Crime Commissioner Functions) Order 2016.

CORRECTIONS

Monday 8 February

The following should have appeared after item 15:

Enterprise Bill [Lords] Committee (Programming Sub-Committee)

Members: Bill Esterson in place of Kevin Brennan.

The following should have appeared after item 21:

Scottish Affairs Committee

(1) Revising Scotland’s Fiscal Framework:

(i) Third Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 660);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC660);

(2) Post-Study Work Schemes:

(i) Fourth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 593);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC 593)

(Pete Wishart).

 

Prepared 9th February 2016