House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday
10th February 2016

No. 115

The House met at 11.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Selection

Ordered, That Heidi Alexander be discharged from the Committee of Selection and Jessica Morden be added.-(Anne Milton.)

2 Spoliation Advisory Panel

Resolved, That a an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there be laid before this House a Return of the Report from Sir Donnell Deeny, Chairman of the Spoliation Advisory Panel, dated 10 February 2016, in respect of a gothic relief in ivory now in the possession of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.-(Stephen Barclay.)

3 Questions to (1) the Secretary of State for Scotland

(2) the Prime Minister

4 Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Secretary Theresa Villiers, supported by The Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Philip Hammond, The Attorney General, Greg Hands and Mr Ben Wallace, presented a Bill to make provision about the Independent Reporting Commission, extend the period for the appointment of Northern Ireland Ministers, modify the pledge made by Northern Ireland Ministers on taking office, provide for persons becoming Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly to give an undertaking, and make provision about the draft budget of the Northern Ireland Executive, in pursuance of the agreement made on 17 November 2015 called A Fresh Start: The Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time tomorrow and to be printed (Bill 133), with Explanatory Notes (Bill 133–EN).

5 Policing and Crime Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Secretary Theresa May, supported by The Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Michael Gove, Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Secretary Greg Clark, The Attorney General and Mike Penning, presented a Bill to make provision for collaboration between the emergency services; to make provision about the handling of police complaints and other matters relating to police conduct and to make further provision about the Independent Police Complaints Commission; to make provision for super-complaints about policing; to make provision for the investigation of concerns about policing raised by whistle-blowers; to make provision about police discipline; to make provision about police inspection; to make provision about the powers of police civilian staff and police volunteers; to remove the powers of the police to appoint traffic wardens; to enable provision to be made to alter police ranks; to make provision about the Police Federation; to make provision in connection with the replacement of the Association of Chief Police Officers with the National Police Chiefs’ Council; to make provision about the system for bail after arrest but before charge; to make provision to enable greater use of modern technology at police stations; to make other amendments to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; to amend the powers of the police under the Mental Health Act 1983; to extend the powers of the police in relation to maritime enforcement; to make provision about deputy police and crime commissioners; to make provision to enable changes to the names of police areas; to make provision about the regulation of firearms; to make provision about the licensing of alcohol; to make provision about the implementation and enforcement of financial sanctions; to amend the Police Act 1996 to make further provision about police collaboration; to make provision about the powers of the National Crime Agency; to make provision for requiring arrested persons to provide details of nationality; to make provision for requiring defendants in criminal proceedings to provide details of nationality and other information; to make provision to combat the sexual exploitation of children; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time tomorrow and to be printed (Bill 134), with Explanatory Notes (Bill 134–EN).

6 Wild Animals in Circuses (Prohibition): 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 prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses.-(Will Quince.)

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

Question put, and agreed to.

Ordered, That Will Quince, Jim Dowd, Sir Roger Gale, Bob Blackman, Mark Pritchard, Mr Philip Hollobone, Nusrat Ghani, Mr Virendra Sharma, Simon Hoare and Louise Haigh present the Bill.

Will Quince accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 4 March, and to be printed (Bill 135).

7 Police

Motion made and Question proposed, That the Police Grant Report (England and Wales) for 2016–17 (HC 753), which was laid before this House on 4 February, be approved.-(Mike Penning.)

8 Election of the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee

The Speaker announced that Mary Creagh had been elected to be Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (Standing Order No. 122B).

9 Police (resumed)

Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 191.

Members of the House (Standing Order No. 83R(2))

Ayes: 310 (Tellers: Guy Opperman, Jackie Doyle-Price)

Noes: 212 (Tellers: Vicky Foxcroft, Sue Hayman)

Members representing qualifying constituencies (England and Wales, Standing Order No. 83R(3)(b))

Ayes: 305

Noes: 208

Since a majority of Members and a majority of Members representing qualifying constituencies had voted in favour of the motion, the Question was accordingly agreed to.

10 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 Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2016, which was laid before this House on 11 January, be approved.

Division No. 190.

Ayes: 313

Noes: 67

Question accordingly agreed to.

11 Local Government Finance (England)

Motion made and Question proposed, That the Local Government Finance Report (England) 2016–17 (HC 789), which was laid before this House on 8 February, be approved.-(Greg Clark.)

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

Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 192.

Members of the House (Standing Order No. 83R(2))

Ayes: 315 (Tellers: Jackie Doyle-Price, Simon Kirby)

Noes: 209 (Tellers: Sue Hayman, Vicky Foxcroft)

Members representing qualifying constituencies (England, Standing Order No. 83R(3)(a))

Ayes: 301

Noes: 181

Since a majority of Members and a majority of Members representing qualifying constituencies had voted in favour of the motion, the Question was accordingly agreed to.

Since it was more than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motions relating to Local Government Finance, the Speaker put forthwith the remaining Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on those Motions (Order, 8 February).

(1) That the Referendums Relating to Council Tax Increases (Principles) (England) Report 2016–17 (HC 790), which was laid before this House on 8 February, be approved.-(Mr Marcus Jones.)

Question agreed to.

(2) That the Referendums Relating to Council Tax Increases (Alternative Notional Amounts) (England) Report 2016–17 (HC 791), which was laid before this House on 8 February, be approved.-(Mr Marcus Jones.)

Question agreed to.

12 Business of the House

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 15 and 41A(3)), That, at this day’s sitting, the motion in the name of Chris Grayling relating to the notification of arrest of members, may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour and Standing Order No 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.-(Julian Smith.)

Question agreed to.

13 Notification of Arrest of Members

Resolved, That Members of the House shall be under no undue restraint from being able to attend the House, and that this principle has been, and continues to be, encompassed in the privileges of the House claimed at the beginning of each Parliament;

Ordered, That this House accordingly:

(1) endorses the Second Report of the Procedure Committee, Session 2015–16, Notification of the arrest of Members, HC 649;

(2) directs the Clerk of the House and the Speaker to follow the protocol on notification of arrest of Members set out in Annex 2 to that Report; and

(3) directs each chief officer of police in the United Kingdom, immediately upon the arrest of any Member by the police force under that officer’s command, to notify the Clerk of the House in accordance with the provisions of that protocol.-(Dr Thérèse Coffey.)

14 Public Petitions

A Public Petition from residents of the Twickenham constituency relating to the proposed sale of the Kneller Hall site was presented and read by Dr Tania Mathias.

15 Adjournment

Subject: Autism Sunday campaign (Andrew Rosindell).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Jackie Doyle-Price.)

Adjourned at 8.31 pm until tomorrow.

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Other proceedings

Standing Orders (Public Business)

16 Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business be printed (HC 2).

Lords Messages

17 Transport for London Bill [Lords]

The Lords have passed a Bill to confer further powers upon Transport for London; and for related purposes, to which they desire the agreement of the Commons.

Changes to Notices Given

18 Public Services (Ownership and User Involvement) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 4 March, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 11 March.

General Committees: Reports

19 First Delegated Legislation Committee

Mr David Hanson (Chair) reported the draft Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Tachographs) (Amendment) Regulations 2016.

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).

20 House of Commons (Administration) Bill Committee

Members: Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Clive Betts, Tom Blenkinsop, Mr Nicholas Brown, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Christopher Chope, Dr Thérèse Coffey, Martyn Day, Mike Freer, Rebecca Harris, John Howell, Mr Peter Lilley, Sir Alan Meale, David Mowat, Melanie Onn and Dame Angela Watkinson.

21 First Delegated Legislation Committee (Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitri Kovtun Freezing Order 2016 (S.I., 2016, No. 67))

(1) Chairs: Mark Pritchard

(2) Members: Richard Arkless, Harriett Baldwin, Jake Berry, Richard Burgon, Ann Clwyd, Angela Crawley, Jon Cruddas, Steve Double, Stephen Doughty, Mr Roger Godsiff, Dr Tania Mathias, Conor McGinn, Mr Andrew Mitchell, Mr Mark Prisk, Antoinette Sandbach, Sir Nicholas Soames, Mel Stride and Nadhim Zahawi.

22 Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016 and the draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Register of People with Significant Control) Regulations 2016)

(1) Chair: Andrew Rosindell

(2) Members: Rushanara Ali, Mr Graham Allen, Stephen Barclay, Kevin Brennan, Richard Fuller, Nigel Huddleston, Mr Stewart Jackson, Joseph Johnson, Daniel Kawczynski, Stephen Kinnock, Jessica Morden, Mark Pawsey, Dr Poulter, Grant Shapps, Paula Sherriff and Dr Sarah Wollaston.

23 Third Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Infrastructure Planning (Onshore Wind Generating Stations) Order 2016)

(1) Chair: Geraint Davies

(2) Members: Peter Aldous, Margaret Beckett, Glyn Davies, Simon Hart, Kevin Hollinrake, Tristram Hunt, Mr Kevan Jones, Andrea Leadsom, Holly Lynch, Mrs Sheryll Murray, Tom Pursglove, Mr Virendra Sharma, Julian Smith, Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Matt Warman and Dr Alan Whitehead.

Reports from Select Committees

24 Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

(1) The work of the Department: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 500);

(2) The digital economy: Written evidence, to be published (HC 571)

(Mr Iain Wright).

25 Defence Committee

Beyond endurance? Military exercises and the duty of care: Oral evidence taken before the Defence Sub-Committee, to be published (HC 598) Mrs Madeleine Moon).

26 Education Committee

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

(2) Supply of teachers: Written evidence, to be published (HC 538);

(3) Purpose and quality of education in England: Written evidence, to be published (HC 650)

(Neil Carmichael).

27 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

(1) Greyhound welfare:

(i) Second Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 478);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC 478);

(2) Farmgate prices:

(i) Third Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 474);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC 474);

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

(Neil Parish).

28 European Scrutiny Committee

(1) Twenty-third Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 342-xxii);

(2) UK Government’s renegotiation of EU membership: parliamentary sovereignty and scrutiny: follow up:

(i) Oral evidence, to be published (HC 818);

(ii) Ministerial Correspondence relating to Council Legal Service’s opinion: Written evidence, to be published (HC 818);

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

(Sir William Cash).

29 Liaison Committee

Estimates Days: Recommendations for the allocation of time for the consideration of Estimates on the first and second allotted days in the present session (Standing Order No. 145) as follows:

(i) That a day not later than 29 February be allotted for the consideration of the following Estimates for financial year 2015–16:

Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, insofar as it relates to the science budget

Department of Health, insofar as it relates to end of life care

(ii) That a further day not later than 1 March be allotted for the consideration of the following Estimates for financial year 2015–16:

Foreign & Commonwealth Office, insofar as it relates to the Spending Review 2015

Home Office, insofar as it relates to reform of the police funding formula

(Andrew Tyrie).

30 Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

(1) Northern Ireland and the EU referendum: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 760);

(2) Promoting the tourism industry in Northern Ireland through the tax system: Written evidence, to be published (HC 577)

(Laurence Robertson).

31 Public Accounts (Committee of)

(1) Excess votes 2014–15: Twenty-second Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 787);

(2) Financial sustainability of fire and rescue services: Twenty-third Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 582);

(3) Services to people with neurological conditions: progress review: Twenty-fourth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 502);

(4) DfID’s management of crises: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 728);

(5) Corporate tax deals: Written evidence, to be published (HC 788)

(Meg Hillier).

32 Science and Technology Committee

(1) The big data dilemma: Fourth Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 468);

(2) Zika virus: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 808)

(Nicola Blackwood).

33 Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee on)

Seventeenth Report, to be printed (HC 352-xvii) (Derek Twigg).

34 Statutory Instruments (Select Committee on)

Seventh Report, to be printed (HC 461-vii) (Derek Twigg).

35 Treasury Committee

(1) HM Treasury Annual Report and Accounts 2014–15: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 805);

(2) EU migrants data request: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Andrew Tyrie).

36 Welsh Affairs Committee

The steel industry in Wales: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 450) (David T.C. Davies).

37 Women and Equalities Committee

(1) Gender pay gap: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 584);

(2) Correspondence with Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne relating to deaf Members of the House and Parliament’s restoration and renewal project: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence with Boots relating to pricing differentials: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Correspondence with Tesco relating to price differentials: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) Correspondence with the Chair of the Police Federation relating to the dismissal of the Chair of Cleveland Police Federation: Written evidence, to be published;

(6) Correspondence with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities and Family Justice relating to the Netherlands EU Presidential priorities: Written evidence, to be published

(Mrs Maria Miller).

38 Work and Pensions Committee

(1) Pensions automatic enrolment: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 579);

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

(3) In-work progression in Universal Credit: Written evidence, to be published (HC 549);

(4) Intergenerational fairness: Written evidence, to be published (HC 705);

(5) Understanding the new state pension: Written evidence, to be published (HC 550);

(6) Work Capability Assessment: Written evidence, to be published

(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) Contracts for asylum support

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered contracts let by the Home Office for the provision of asylum support.-(Stephen Doughty.)

At 11.00 am, the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 10(6)).

(2) Implementation of the recommendations of the Digital Democracy Commission

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered the implementation of the recommendations of the Digital Democracy Commission.-(Meg Hillier.)

At 11.30 am, the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 10(6)).

The sitting was suspended between 11.30 am and 2.30 pm (Standing Order No. 10(1)(b)).

(3) Migration into the EU

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered migration into the EU.-(Adam Holloway.)

The sitting was suspended between 3.45 pm and 3.58 pm for a division in the House (Standing Order No. 10(3)).

Resolved, That this House has considered migration into the EU.

(4) Mobile Infrastructure Project

Resolved, That this House has considered the Mobile Infrastructure Project.-(John Glen.)

(5) UK Government policy on refugees

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered UK Government policy on refugees.-(Richard Arkless.)

At 5.43 pm, the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 10(14)).

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

Adjourned at 5.43 pm until tomorrow.

Lindsay Hoyle

Chairman of Ways and Means

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1 Environmental Protection

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I., 2016, No. 149), dated 4 February 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Elizabeth Truss).

2 Water Resources

(1) Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I., 2016, No. 138), dated 9 February 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Elizabeth Truss); and

(2) Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (Northumbria and Solway Tweed River Basin Districts) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I., 2016, No. 139), dated 8 February 2016 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Elizabeth Truss).

Other Papers:

3 Defence (Votes A), 2015–16

Estimates of the maximum numbers of personnel to be maintained for service in the Reserve Naval and Marine Forces during the year ending 31 March 2016: Supplementary Votes (by Command); to be printed (HC 716) (Secretary Michael Fallon).

4 Defence (Votes A), 2016–17

Estimates of the maximum numbers of personnel to be maintained for service with the Armed Forces during the year ending 31 March 2017 (by Command); to be printed (HC 715) (Secretary Michael Fallon).

5 Environmental Audit

Result of the election of the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (by Command) (The Speaker).

6 Justice and Security (Northern Ireland)

Eighth Report of the Independent Reviewer of the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (by Act) (Secretary Theresa Villiers).

7 National Audit

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Cabinet Office: Investigation into members’ experience of civil service pension administration (by Act); to be printed (HC 800) (Clerk of the House).

8 Public Accounts

Treasury Minutes: Progress report on the implementation of Government accepted recommendations of the Committee of Public Accounts, Sessions 2010–12, 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15 (by Command) (Cm. 9202) (Harriett Baldwin).

9 Spoliation Advisory Panel

Return to an Address to Her Majesty for a Return of the Report from the Sir Donnell Deeny, Chairman of the Spoliation Advisory Panel, dated 10 February 2016, in respect of a gothic relief in ivory, now in the possession of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (pursuant to Resolution today); to be printed (HC 777) (Mr Edward Vaizey).

10 Supply Estimates, 2015–16

Estimates for which a Vote on Account is required for 2015–16 for the House of Commons: Administration (by Act); to be printed (HC 750) (The Speaker).

11 Supply Estimates, 2016–17

(1) Estimates for which a Vote on Account is required for 2016–17 for Central Government (by Command); to be printed (HC 748) (Greg Hands);

(2) Estimates for which a Vote on Account is required for 2016–17 for the Electoral Commission (by Act); to be printed (HC 757) (The Speaker);

(3) Estimates for which a Vote on Account is required for 2016–17 for the House of Commons: Administration (by Act); to be printed (HC 751) (The Speaker);

(4) Estimates for which a Vote on Account is required for 2016–17 for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (by Act); to be printed (HC 812) (The Speaker);

(5) Estimates for which a Vote on Account is required for 2016–17 for the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (by Act); to be printed (HC 802) (The Speaker);

(6) Estimates for which a Vote on Account is required for 2016–17 for the National Audit Office (by Act); to be printed (HC 762) (Sir Edward Leigh); and

(7) Supplementary Estimates for Central Government for 2015–16 (by Command); to be printed (HC 747) (Greg Hands).

 

Prepared 10th February 2016