House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday
24th January 2017

No. 97

The House met at 11.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice

2 Statement: The process for triggering Article 50 (Secretary David Davis)

3 Industrial Action (Protection of Critical National Services): 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 regulate industrial action by those providing certain critical national services; to define critical national services to include railways, operators providing buses, trams and underground railways, the National Health Service and fire and ambulance services; to require those taking industrial action in relation to critical national services to demonstrate that the matter in dispute is such that the adverse effects on the provision of service to the public caused by the action is proportionate and reasonable; to provide for the High Court in England and Wales and the Court of Session in Scotland to adjudicate on proportionality and reasonableness of action and to determine a minimal required level of service to the public to be provided in the case of such action taking place; and for connected purposes.-(Chris Philp.)

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

Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 128.

Ayes: 127 (Tellers: Huw Merriman, Mr Steve Baker).

Noes: 206 (Tellers: Vicky Foxcroft, Jeff Smith).

Question accordingly negatived.

4 Wales Bill (Money)

Queen’s Recommendation signified.

Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Wales Bill, it is expedient to authorise any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under the Government of Wales Act 2006 out of the National Loans Fund.-(Secretary Alun Cairns.)

5 Wales Bill (Programme) (No.3)

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83A(7)), That the following provisions shall apply to the Wales Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Orders of 14 June 2016 (Wales Bill (Programme)) and 12 September 2016 (Wales Bill (Programme) (No. 2)):

Consideration of Lords Amendments

(1) Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after their commencement at today’s sitting.

(2) The proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Lords Amendments Nos. 9, 44, 10, 28 to 32, 46, 137, 1 to 8, 11 to 27, 33 to 43, 45, 47 to 136 and 138 to 177.

Subsequent stages

(3) Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

(4) The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.-(Mr Robert Syms.)

Question agreed to.

6 Wales Bill: Consideration of Lords Amendments

The Deputy Speaker announced that Lords Amendment 9 engaged Commons financial privilege.

Lords Amendments 9, 44, 10, 28 to 32, 46, 137, 1 to 8, 11 to 27 and 33 to 35 agreed to, with Commons privileges waived in respect of Lords Amendment 9.

Lords Amendment 36

Question put, That Amendment (a) be made.-(Jo Stevens.)

The House divided.

Division No. 129.

Ayes: 170 (Tellers: Vicky Foxcroft, Jeff Smith).

Noes: 281 (Tellers: Steve Brine, Andrew Griffiths).

Question accordingly negatived.

Lords Amendment 36 agreed to.

Lords Amendments 37 to 43, 45, 47 to 136 and 138 to 177 agreed to.

Title accordingly amended, as follows:

Bill to amend the Government of Wales Act 2006 and the Wales Act 2014 and to make provision about the functions of the Welsh Ministers and about Welsh tribunals; and for connected purposes.

7 Charter for Budget Responsibility

Motion made and Question proposed, That the Charter for Budget Responsibility: autumn 2016 update, which was laid before this House on 17 January, be approved.-(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer.)

Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 130.

Ayes: 292 (Tellers: Heather Wheeler, Andrew Griffiths).

Noes: 193 (Tellers: Vicky Foxcroft, Jeff Smith).

Question accordingly agreed to.

Resolved, That the Charter for Budget Responsibility: autumn 2016 update, which was laid before this House on 17 January, be approved.

8 Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioner for England (Appointment)

Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will appoint Robert Fredrick Behrens CBE to the offices of Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioner for England.-(Chris Skidmore.)

9 Standing Orders (Planning: National Policy Statements)

Resolved, That, with immediate effect, the following amendments be made in respect of Standing Orders:

(1) That paragraph (7)(a)(i) of Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee) be amended by inserting, in the appropriate place, "Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy"

(2) That paragraph (2)(a) of Standing Order No. 152H (Planning: national policy statements) be amended by inserting, in the appropriate place, "Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy".-(Michael Ellis.)

10 Adjournment

Subject: Access to stem cell transplants (Mark Tami).

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.-(Chris Heaton-Harris.)

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

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Chris Heaton-Harris.)

Adjourned at 7.25 pm until tomorrow.

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Other proceedings

Private Business

11 Middle Level Bill: First Reading

Bill to amend and update the powers of the Middle Level Commissioners to regulate navigation on the Middle Level of the Fens in the city of Peterborough and the counties of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk; to make further provision as to the regulation of navigation on those waterways; to make other provision as to the Commissioners; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time.

12 New Southgate Cemetery Bill [Lords]

The Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the New Southgate Cemetery Bill [Lords] and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill and had made no Amendments.

Bill to be read the third time.

Changes to Notices Given

13 Withdrawal from the European Union (Article 50) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 27 January, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 24 February.

General Committees: Reports

14 Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill [Lords] Committee

Mr David Nuttall (Chair) reported the Bill without Amendment.

Bill, not amended, to be considered tomorrow.

15 National Citizen Service Bill Committee

Mr Charles Walker (Chair) reported:

(1) written evidence submitted to the Committee; and

(2) the Bill as amended.

Written evidence to be published.

Bill, as amended, to be considered tomorrow; and to be printed (Bill 130).

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 Trade Union Act 2016 (Political Funds) (Transition Period) Regulations 2017)

Members: James Duddridge, Diana Johnson and Liz Kendall discharged and Stephen Doughty, Mark Francois and Christian Matheson nominated in substitution.

Reports from Select Committees

17 Backbench Business Committee

Determination of business to be taken on 2 February in the Chamber and 2 February in Westminster Hall with Annex containing a transcript of representations made on 24 January, to be published (Ian Mearns).

18 Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

(1) Access to finance: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2016–17: Fifth Special Report, to be printed (HC 980);

(2) Leaving the EU: energy and climate change negotiation priorities: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 909);

(3) The future world of work and rights of workers: Written evidence, to be published (HC 929)

(Mr Iain Wright).

19 Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Combatting doping in sport: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 146) (Damian Collins).

20 Defence Committee

(1) Restoring the Fleet: Naval procurement and the National Shipbuilding Strategy: Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report of Session 2016–17: Fifth Special Report, to be printed (HC 973);

(2) Trident Missile testing: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 987);

(3) Military exercises and the duty of care: follow up: Written evidence, to be published (HC 820);

(4) Ministry of Defence support for former and serving personnel subject to judicial processes: Written evidence, to be published (HC 109)

(Dr Julian Lewis).

21 Environmental Audit Committee

(1) Sustainable Development Goals in the UK: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 596);

(2) Correspondence with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the sale of the Green Investment Bank: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence with the Prime Minister on climate change: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) The future of chemicals regulation after the EU Referendum: Written evidence, to be published (HC 912)

(Mary Creagh).

22 Foreign Affairs Committee

The UK’s relations with Russia: Written evidence, to be published (HC 120) (Crispin Blunt).

23 Health Committee

(1) Brexit and health and social care: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 640);

(2) Care Quality Commission accountability hearing: Written evidence, to be published (HC 778);

(3) Suicide prevention: Written evidence, to be published (HC 300)

(Dr Sarah Wollaston).

24 Home Affairs Committee

(1) Immigration: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 864);

(2) Correspondence regarding Orgreave policing: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Hate crime and its violent consequences: Written evidence, to be published (HC 609);

(4) Implications of the UK’s exit from the European Union: Written evidence, to be published (HC 494)

(Yvette Cooper).

25 International Development Committee

(1) DFID’s work on HIV/AIDS: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 874);

(2) DFID’s work on education: Leaving no one behind?: Written evidence, to be published (HC 639)

(Stephen Twigg).

26 International Trade Committee

UK trade options beyond 2019: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 817) (Angus Brendan MacNeil).

27 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;

(3) We call on the Government to commit to a new national stroke strategy: Written evidence, to be published

(Helen Jones).

28 Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

(1) Appointment of the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority:

(i) Ninth Report, with Appendices, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 941);

(ii) Oral evidence, to be published (HC 941);

(2) The work of the Civil Service: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 253);

(3) An effective Second Chamber? The size and composition of the House of Lords: Written evidence, to be published (HC 811);

(4) Annual scrutiny of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman: Written evidence, to be published (HC 809)

(Mr Bernard Jenkin).

29 Treasury Committee

The UK’s future economic relationship with the EU: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 483) (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) The Midlands Engine

Resolved, That this House has considered the Midlands Engine.-(Chris White.)

The sitting was suspended between 10.46 am and 11.00 am.

(2) UK helicopter industry

Resolved, That this House has considered the UK helicopter industry.-(Marcus Fysh.)

The sitting was suspended between 11.29 am and 2.30 pm (Standing Order No. 10(1)(b)).

(3) UK decarbonisation and carbon capture and storage

Motion made, That this House has considered UK decarbonisation and carbon capture and storage.-(Philip Boswell.)

The sitting was suspended between 2.37 pm and 2.47 pm for a division in the House (Standing Order No. 10(3)).

Question proposed, That this House has considered UK decarbonisation and carbon capture and storage.

Question put and agreed to.

(4) Effect of the UK exiting the EU on EU funding for Northern Ireland

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered the effect of the UK exiting the EU on EU funding for Northern Ireland.-(Ms Margaret Ritchie.)

The sitting was suspended between 4.37 pm and 4.46 pm for a division in the House (Standing Order No. 10(3)).

Resolved, That this House has considered the effect of the UK exiting the EU on EU funding for Northern Ireland.

(5) Animal welfare standards in farming after the UK leaves the EU

Resolved, That this House has considered animal welfare standards in farming after the UK leaves the EU.-(Mrs Theresa Villiers.)

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

Adjourned at 5.48 pm until tomorrow.

Lindsay Hoyle

Chairman of Ways and Means

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1 Local Government

Draft Transport Levying Bodies (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling).

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2 Oxford and Cambridge

Statute, dated 28 October 2016, made by the Governing Body of Downing College in the University of Cambridge, revising the existing Statutes of the College (by Act) (Secretary Greg Clark).

Other Papers:

3 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Post-legislative Scrutiny of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (by Command) (Cm. 9402) (Secretary Andrea Leadsom).

4 National Audit

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on NHS England: NHS Ambulance Services (by Act); to be printed (HC 972) (Clerk of the House).

 

Prepared 24th January 2017