Business for Thursday 06 December 2018

SUMMARY AGENDA: CHAMBER

9.30am

Prayers

Afterwards

Oral Questions: Exiting the European Union

10.30am

Urgent Questions (if any), Business Question to the Leader of the House, Ministerial Statements (if any)

Up to eight hours

Section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Motion) (Day 3)

Until 5.30pm or for half an hour

Adjournment Debate: Illegal trade in seahorses in the UK (Sir Hugo Swire)

Westminster Hall

1.30pm

Select Committee Statement on the publication of the Eighth Report of the Education Committee, Nursing degree apprenticeships: in poor health?, HC 1017

Section 21 evictions in the private rented sector

Business Today: Chamber 

9.30am Prayers

Followed by

QUESTIONS 

OP buttonOral Questions to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

1Mr Ranil Jayawardena (North East Hampshire)
What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the implications of EU withdrawal negotiations for potential trade agreements with third countries after the UK has left the EU. (908036)

2Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South)
What estimate he has made of the volume of new legislation required in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. (908037)

3Martyn Day (Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on the potential effect on the Scottish economy of the proposed abolition of the free movement of people between the UK and the EU after the UK leaves the EU. (908038)

4Hywel Williams (Arfon)
What recent discussions he has had with representatives of the National Assembly for Wales on the proposed Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. (908039)

5Liz Twist (Blaydon)
What assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the manufacturing industry in the UK. (908040)

6Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
If he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the recommendations contained in the Scottish Government document, Scotland's place in Europe: assessment of UK Government's proposed future relationship with the EU. (908041)

7Mr Virendra Sharma (Ealing, Southall)
What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the potential effect of the proposed Withdrawal Agreement on the UK's ability to trade with the US. (908042)

8Mohammad Yasin (Bedford)
What assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed EU withdrawal agreement and political declaration on manufacturing industry in the UK. (908043)

9Dr Rupa Huq (Ealing Central and Acton)
What estimate he has made of the volume of new legislation required in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. (908044)

10Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North)
What recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the immigration White Paper. (908045)

11David Duguid (Banff and Buchan)
What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on fishing policy after the UK leaves the EU. (908046)

12Richard Graham (Gloucester)
What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on potential policy options in the event that a trade agreement between the UK and the EU is not finalised by the end of June 2020. (908048)

13Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland)
What discussions he has had with representatives of the agricultural sector on Government contingency planning on the UK leaving the EU without a deal. (908050)

14Luke Hall (Thornbury and Yate)
What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on support for farmers after the UK leaves the EU. (908052)

15Fiona Bruce (Congleton)
what discussions has he had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on support for farmers after the UK leaves the EU. (908053)

16Alex Burghart (Brentwood and Ongar)
What steps the Government is taking to prepare contingency plans for the UK leaving the EU without a deal. (908055)

17Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay)
What steps the Government is taking to prepare contingency plans for the UK leaving the EU without a deal. (908057)

18Sir Hugo Swire (East Devon)
What recent discussions his Department has had with EU officials on technological solutions to avoid the proposed Northern Ireland backstop. (908058)

19Stuart C. McDonald (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
What assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on the Scottish economy of the proposed abolition of free movement of people after the UK leaves the EU. (908059)

20Ronnie Cowan (Inverclyde)
What plans he has to meet representatives of the devolved Administrations to discuss the UK leaving the EU. (908060)

At 10.15am

OP buttonTopical Questions to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

T1Priti Patel (Witham)
If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities. (908061)

T2Luke Pollard (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport) (908062)

T3Dr Paul Williams (Stockton South) (908063)

T4Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering) (908064)

T5Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire) (908065)

T6Dr Philippa Whitford (Central Ayrshire) (908066)

T7Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland) (908067)

T8Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay) (908068)

T9Hywel Williams (Arfon) (908070)

URGENT QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS 

10.30am

OP buttonUrgent Questions (if any)

OP buttonBusiness Question to the Leader of the House

OP buttonMinisterial Statements (if any)

BUSINESS OF THE DAY 

1. SECTION 13(1)(b) OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) ACT 2018: ADJOURNED DEBATE ON QUESTION [5 DECEMBER]

Up to eight hours (Order of 4 December)

The Prime Minister

That this House approves for the purposes of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, the negotiated withdrawal agreement laid before the House on Monday 26 November 2018 with the title ‘Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community’ and the framework for the future relationship laid before the House on Monday 26 November 2018 with the title ‘Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom’.

Amendment (a)

Jeremy Corbyn

Keir Starmer

Emily Thornberry

John McDonnell

Valerie Vaz

Mr Nicholas Brown

Gareth ThomasStephen KinnockMs Karen BuckClive EffordRichard BurdenStephen TwiggAlbert Owen

Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and insert “declines to approve the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the framework for the future relationship because it fails to provide for a permanent UK-EU customs union and strong single market deal and would therefore lead to increased barriers to trade in goods and services, would not protect workers’ rights and environmental standards, allows for the diminution of the United Kingdom’s internal and external security and is likely to lead to the implementation of a backstop provision in Northern Ireland that is neither politically nor economically sustainable; declines to approve the United Kingdom’s leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement; and therefore resolves to pursue every option that prevents the United Kingdom’s either leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement or leaving on the basis of the negotiated withdrawal agreement laid before the House.”

As an Amendment to Jeremy Corbyn’s proposed Amendment (a):

Sir Vince Cable

Tom Brake

Jo Swinson

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Sir Edward Davey

Norman Lamb

Tim FarronWera HobhouseChristine JardineLayla MoranJamie Stone

Line 10, after “option” insert “, including a public vote as endorsed by the Labour Party Conference 2018,”.

Amendment (i)

Hilary Benn

Dr Sarah Wollaston

Yvette Cooper

Rachel Reeves

Meg Hillier

Mr Dominic Grieve

Caroline LucasNeil CoyleBrendan O’HaraStuart C. McDonaldJoanna CherryDr Philippa WhitfordTom BrakeSir Vince CableJo SwinsonChristine JardineLayla MoranNorman LambSir Edward DaveyJamie StoneTim FarronMr Alistair CarmichaelWera HobhouseEmma ReynoldsDr Paul WilliamsGuto BebbAnna SoubryGareth ThomasSusan Elan JonesMartyn DayPeter KyleAngela CrawleyLuciana BergerIan MurrayStephen KinnockChuka UmunnaJonathan EdwardsHywel WilliamsAlex SobelMike GapesMr Ben BradshawLiz KendallOwen SmithLiz Saville RobertsKate GreenAnna McMorrinDarren JonesLilian GreenwoodClive EffordMartin Docherty-HughesMs Karen Buck Stewart Malcolm McDonaldMhairi BlackDame Margaret HodgeRichard BurdenHelen JonesAngela SmithHelen HayesAlbert OwenBen LakeStephen TwiggDavid LindenTommy Sheppard

Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and insert “declines to approve the Withdrawal Agreement and the Framework for the Future Relationship negotiated between the EU and the UK; rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship; and accordingly calls on the Government to bring forward without delay the debate required under section 13(6) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

Amendment (d)

Giles Watling

Line 5, after “Community”, insert “, only when the Government has renegotiated Article 184 of the Agreement and Article 2 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland of that same Agreement to guarantee that an agreement on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union is in place before the end of the transition period,”.

Amendment (b)

Sir Edward Leigh

Sir John Hayes

Gordon Henderson

Daniel Kawczynski

Martin Vickers

Fiona Bruce

Bob StewartSir Henry BellinghamSir David AmessDr Matthew OffordDamien MooreMr John BaronNeil ParishMrs Pauline LathamMr Nigel EvansSir Desmond SwayneRobert Halfon

At end, add “notes that the Northern Ireland backstop is intended to be temporary; notes that the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties makes it absolutely clear that a sovereign state can abrogate any part of a treaty with an international body in case of a fundamental change of circumstances since the Treaty was agreed; notes that making the Northern Ireland backstop permanent would constitute such a fundamental change of circumstances; and therefore calls for an assurance from the Government that, if it becomes clear by the end of 2021 that the European Union will not agree to remove the Northern Ireland backstop, the United Kingdom will treat the indefinite continuation of the backstop as a fundamental change of circumstances and will accordingly give notice on 1 January 2022 to terminate the Withdrawal Treaty so that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland shall become an independent country once again.”

Amendment (e)

Frank Field

Mr Ronnie Campbell

Henry Smith

Martin Vickers

Andrew Rosindell

Sir David Amess

At end, add “subject to revision of Article 182 of the Withdrawal Agreement, the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and paragraph 19 of the framework, in order to guarantee the sovereign right of the UK ultimately to terminate the Northern Ireland backstop if it is not possible to reach agreement with the EU on establishing alternative arrangements for ensuring the permanent absence of a hard border on the island of Ireland; and mandates the Government to negotiate within the future framework a free trade relationship with the EU along the lines of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.”

Amendment (f)

Mr John Baron

Andrew Rosindell

Henry Smith

Martin Vickers

Bob Stewart

Stephen Metcalfe

Mr Ian Liddell-GraingerSir David AmessMr Nigel EvansFiona BruceMrs Anne MainMrs Sheryll MurraySir Mike PenningSir Edward Leigh

At end, add “subject to changes being made in the Withdrawal Agreement and in the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol so that the UK has the right to terminate the Protocol without having to secure the agreement of the EU.”

Amendment (g)

Daniel Kawczynski

At end, add “subject to reaching a financial settlement which requires the UK to pay the EU no more than £19.5 billion when the withdrawal agreement comes into force, with no further payments to the EU authorised to be made by the UK until a free trade agreement with the EU has been ratified.”

Amendment (h)

Daniel Kawczynski

At end, add “and urges the Government to vigorously contest any breach of the spirit of the negotiated withdrawal agreement’s requirements of good faith and best endeavours by any Member State of the EU seeking to pursue its narrow national interest in relation to fishing rights or any others matters requiring the UK and the EU to reach agreement.”

Relevant Documents:

Eighth Report of the Procedure Committee, Motions under section 13(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, HC 1664

ADJOURNMENT DEBATE 

Until 5.30pm or for half an hour (whichever is later) (Standing Order No. 9(7))

OP buttonIllegal trade in seahorses in the UK: Sir Hugo Swire

Business Today: Westminster Hall 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

The sitting will last for up to three hours (Standing Order No. 10(1))

1.30pm

OP buttonSelect Committee Statement on the publication of the Eighth Report of the Education Committee, Nursing degree apprenticeships: in poor health?, HC 1017: Robert Halfon

OP buttonThat this House has considered the use of Section 21 evictions in the private rented sector: Ms Karen Buck

Notes:

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee. The sitting will be suspended and time added if divisions take place in the main Chamber (Standing Order No. 10(3)).

Written Statements 

STATEMENTS TO BE MADE TODAY 

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

1.Energy Update

2.EU General Affairs Council (Cohesion Policy): 30 November

3.Industrial Strategy

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

4.Heritage Policy Update

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

5.EU Exit

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

6.Foreign Affairs Council – 10 December 2018

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

7.Clinical negligence indemnity cover

8.Final report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act

Secretary of State for the Home Department

9.Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules

Secretary of State for Justice

10.Judicial Conduct Investigations Office Annual Report 2017–2018

11.Justice update

Secretary of State for Transport

12.Rail Update

Secretary of State for Wales

13.Welsh Regional Investment

Notes:

Texts of Written Statements are available from the Vote Office and on the internet at http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statements/.

Committees meeting today 

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

Public Bill Committees 

OP buttonFinance (No. 3) Bill

Further to consider the Bill

Room 10
11.30am (public)

OP buttonFinance (No. 3) Bill

Further to consider the Bill

Room 10
2.00pm (public)

OP buttonFisheries Bill

Further to consider the Bill

Witnesses: Greenpeace, Pew, Greener UK, and Marine Conservation Society (until no later than 12.15pm); Macduff Shellfish, Interfish/Northbay Pelagic, Whitby Seafoods Ltd., and Scottish White Fish Producers Association Limited (until no later than 1.00pm)

The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
11.30am (public)

OP buttonFisheries Bill

Further to consider the Bill

Witnesses: New Economics Foundation (until no later than 2.30pm); Dr Carl O’Brien CBE, Chief Fisheries Science Advisor, DEFRA (until no later than 3.00pm); Coastal Communities Alliance, and Communities Inshore Fisheries Alliance (until no later than 3.30pm)

The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
2.00pm (public)

Select Committees 

OP buttonBusiness, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Room 6
10.00am (private)

Committee reports published today 

EDUCATION 

OP button8th Report Nursing degree apprenticeships: in poor health?, HC 1017
Time of publication:
0.01am

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

OP button12th Report Quantum technologies, HC 820
Time of publication:
0.01am

EUROPEAN STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS 

OP buttonTenth Report of Session 2017-19, HC 1794
Time of publication:
11.00am

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

OP button10th Special Report Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector: Government response to the Committee’s Eighth Report, HC 1764
Time of publication:
11.00am