Business for Monday 10 December 2018

SUMMARY AGENDA: CHAMBER

2.30pm

Prayers

Afterwards

Oral Questions: Housing, Communities and Local Government

3.30pm

Urgent Questions, Ministerial Statements (if any)

Up to eight hours

Section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Motion) (Day 4)

No debate

Statutory Instruments (Motion for approval)

No debate

Presentation of Public Petitions

Until 10.30pm or for half an hour

Adjournment Debate: Tram safety (Sarah Jones)

Westminster Hall

4.30pm

Debate on an e-petition relating to the sale of products containing palm oil

Business Today: Chamber 

2.30pm Prayers

Followed by

QUESTIONS 

OP buttonOral Questions to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

1Scott Mann (North Cornwall)
What his policy is on land value capture. (908086)

2Dr Caroline Johnson (Sleaford and North Hykeham)
What steps his Department is taking to ensure fairness in the allocation of funding to local government. (908087)

3Justin Madders (Ellesmere Port and Neston)
When his Department plans to publish a response to its consultation on implementing reforms to the leasehold system. (908088)

4Robert Courts (Witney)
What steps his Department is taking to ensure fairness in the allocation of funding to local government. (908089)

5Andrew Bowie (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)
What steps the Government is taking to devolve powers to the Northern Powerhouse. (908090)

6Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central)
What assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the new grant funding for the delivery of adult social care announced in Budget 2018. (908091)

7Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury)
What steps he is taking to increase the amount of carbon-neutral housing; and if he will make a statement. (908092)

8Luke Graham (Ochil and South Perthshire)
What assessment he has made of his Department's progress on delivering more new homes. (908094)

9Richard Graham (Gloucester)
What steps his Department is taking to review the distribution of funding to local government. (908096)

10Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak)
What progress has been made on the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot in the Midlands. (908097)

11Jess Phillips (Birmingham, Yardley)
What steps his Department is taking to support people sleeping rough at Christmas 2018. (908098)

12Wera Hobhouse (Bath)
If he will make an assessment of the effect of social housing providers' allocation policies on levels of homelessness. (908100)

13Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay)
What progress he has made on plans for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. (908102)

14Andrew Rosindell (Romford)
What steps his Department is taking to support people directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. (908103)

15Dr Rupa Huq (Ealing Central and Acton)
Whether his Department has received representations on local authority funding from the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. (908104)

16Sir David Amess (Southend West)
What steps his Department is taking to reduce homelessness. (908105)

17Peter Heaton-Jones (North Devon)
What steps his Department is taking to review the distribution of funding to local government. (908106)

18Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire)
What recent steps his Department has taken to support local government. (908107)

19Vicky Ford (Chelmsford)
What steps his Department is taking to reduce homelessness. (908108)

20Maggie Throup (Erewash)
What steps his Department is taking to review the distribution of funding to local government. (908109)

21Jeff Smith (Manchester, Withington)
What assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the new grant funding for the delivery of adult social care announced in Budget 2018. (908110)

At 3.15pm

OP buttonTopical Questions to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

T1Dr Caroline Johnson (Sleaford and North Hykeham)
If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities. (908111)

T2Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East) (908112)

T3Bob Blackman (Harrow East) (908113)

T4Jack Brereton (Stoke-on-Trent South) (908114)

T5Robert Courts (Witney) (908115)

T6Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Slough) (908116)

T7Sandy Martin (Ipswich) (908117)

T8Christian Matheson (City of Chester) (908118)

T9Martyn Day (Linlithgow and East Falkirk) (908119)

T10John McNally (Falkirk) (908120)

URGENT QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS 

3.30pm

OP buttonUrgent Questions (if any)

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 [6 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 (k)

Ian Blackford

Liz Saville Roberts

Kirsty Blackman

Stephen Gethins

Hywel Williams

Patrick Grady

Jonathan EdwardsPeter GrantDeidre BrockStewart HosieJoanna CherryPete WishartAngus Brendan MacNeilBen LakeDr Philippa WhitfordTommy SheppardMartin Docherty-HughesDouglas ChapmanDrew HendryBrendan O’HaraAngela CrawleyStuart C. McDonaldJohn McNallyRonnie CowanAlison ThewlissNeil GrayHannah BardellChris StephensAlan BrownMhairi BlackStewart Malcolm McDonaldDr Lisa CameronMartyn DayMarion FellowsPatricia GibsonChris LawCarol MonaghanGavin NewlandsDavid Linden

Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and insert “declines to approve the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the framework for the future relationship in line with the views of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly that they would be damaging for Scotland, Wales and the nations and regions of the UK as a whole; notes the legal opinion of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice that the United Kingdom has the right to unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU, until such time as the Withdrawal Agreement is formally concluded; therefore calls on the UK Government to request an extension to the period of negotiation under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union so that the UK does not leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement or on the basis of the negotiated agreement laid before the House on Monday 26 November 2018; and calls on the UK Government to respect the will of the Scottish Parliament in its vote on 5 December 2018 and the Welsh Assembly in its vote on 4 December 2018, which both rejected the withdrawal agreement as it now stands.”

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 EvansRobert 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 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 other matters requiring the UK and the EU to reach agreement.”

Amendment (j)

John Mann

Gareth Snell

At end, add “agrees with paragraph 79 of the Political Declaration that the future relationship must ensure open and fair competition and that provisions to ensure this should cover state aid, competition, social and employment standards, environmental standards, climate change, and relevant tax matters, building on the level playing field arrangements provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement and commensurate with the overall economic relationship; and determines not to allow the UK leaving the EU to result in any lowering after exit day of standards in relation to employment, environmental protection and health and safety which will continue to protect the wellbeing of every person in this country.”

Amendment (l)

Sir Vince Cable

Tom Brake

Jo Swinson

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Wera Hobhouse

Sir Edward Davey

Tim FarronChristine JardineNorman LambLayla MoranJamie Stone

At end, add “and instructs the Government to take all necessary steps to prepare for a People’s Vote in which the public may give their informed consent on leaving the EU or retaining the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.”

Amendment (m)

Sir Hugo Swire

Richard Graham

Robert Neill

Sir Henry Bellingham

Sir Nicholas Soames

At end, add “subject to legislation making provision that requires: the Government to report in March 2020 on the status of arrangements to supersede the Northern Ireland backstop, consider the views of the devolved administrations in particular the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly, and enable this House to approve the Government’s proposed approach, including whether or not an extension to the implementation period should be pursued; and parliamentary approval of the commencement of the powers implementing the Northern Ireland backstop; and the Government to have a duty to have an agreed future relationship or alternative arrangements one year after the Northern Ireland backstop coming into force, consistent with the framework for the future relationship as laid before the House, so that the Northern Ireland backstop ceases to apply; and subject to the Government obtaining further assurance from the European Union that the Northern Ireland backstop would only be a temporary arrangement and that, in the event that it comes into force, both parties intend to agree a future relationship or alternative arrangements consistent with the Political Declaration one year after the end of the Implementation Period.”

Relevant Documents:

Business of the House Order of 4 December and the Government’s explanatory note

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

2. Exiting the European Union (Competition)

No debate (Standing Order No. 118(6))

Secretary Greg Clark

That the draft Competition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 29 October, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 10.00pm, the division will be deferred.

Presentation of public petitions 

No debate or decision (Standing Order No. 153)

OP buttonGreen Deal scheme: Patrick Grady

ADJOURNMENT DEBATE 

Until 10.30pm or for half an hour (whichever is later) (Standing Order No. 9(7))

OP buttonTram safety: Sarah Jones

Business Today: Westminster Hall 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

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

4.30pm

OP buttonPetitions

Luke Hall

That this House has considered e-petition 219758 relating to the sale of products containing palm oil.

Notes:

The subject for this debate was determined by the Petitions 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.Business Update

The Chancellor of the Exchequer

2.The UK’s Mutual Evaluation Report by the Financial Action Task Force on its Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing regime

Secretary of State for Defence

3.Type 31e Frigate

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

4.General Affairs Council, December 2018

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

5.Rough Sleeping

Secretary of State for International Development

6.Global Compact for Migration

Secretary of State for Transport

7.Rail Update

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.

Delegated Legislation Committees 

OP buttonFirst Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the Value Added Tax (Place of Supply of Services) (Supplies of Electronic, Telecommunication and Broadcasting Services) Order 2018 (S.I., 2018, No. 1194)

Room 9
4.30pm (public)

Select Committees 

OP buttonTreasury Sub-Committee

Subject: The conduct of tax enquiries and resolution of tax disputes

Witnesses: Ray McCann, President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, and Tony Lennon, Freelance and Research Officer, BECTU Sector, Prospect

Room 6
1.00pm (private), 1.15pm (public)

OP buttonFinance

Room 7
2.00pm (private)

OP buttonPublic Administration and Constitutional Affairs

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
2.00pm (private)

OP buttonTreasury

Room 6
2.30pm (private)

OP buttonHousing, Communities and Local Government

Subject: Leasehold reform

Witnesses: Gillian Boyle, Strategic Development Directorate, Manchester City Council, Larissa Reed, Executive Director for Neighbourhoods Communities & Housing, Brighton and Hove City Council, and Amy Simmons, Head of Policy, National Housing Federation; Anthony Essien, Chief Executive, Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) (at 4.45pm); Jonathan Smithers, Former President, Law Society of England and Wales, and Beth Rudolph, Director of Delivery, Conveyancing Association (at 5.30pm)

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
3.30pm (private), 4.00pm (public)

OP buttonPublic Accounts

Subject: Rail Franchising

Witnesses: Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary, Polly Payne, Director General, Rail Group, Department for Transport, and Andrew Haines, Chief Executive, Network Rail

Room 8
3.30pm (private), 4.00pm (public)

OP buttonTransport

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
4.15pm (private)

OP buttonAdministration

Room 18
4.30pm (private)

COMMITTEE REPORTS PUBLISHED TODAY 

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

OP button16th Report: The response from business to the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration HC 384
Time of publication:
00.01am

European Scrutiny 

OP buttonForty-seventh Report HC 301-xlvi
Time of publication:
11.00am

Standards 

OP button5th Report: Implications of the Dame Laura Cox report for the House’s standards system: Initial proposals HC 1726
Time of publication:
11.00am

Treasury 

OP button25th Report: The UK’s economic relationship with the European Union: The Government’s and Bank of England’s Withdrawal Agreement analyses HC 1819
Time of publication:
6.00pm