Business for Tuesday 18 December 2018

SUMMARY AGENDA: CHAMBER

11.30am

Prayers

Afterwards

Oral Questions: Justice

12.30pm

Urgent Questions, Ministerial Statements (if any)

No debate

Presentation of Bills

Up to three hours

Emergency Debate: EU Withdrawal Agreement

Until 7.00pm

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords]: Second Reading

Followed by

Motions without separate debate:

OP buttonProgramme

OP buttonWays and Means

OP buttonMoney

No debate

Statutory Instruments (Motions for approval)

No debate

Church of England (General Synod) Measures (Motions for approval)

No debate

Presentation of Public Petitions

Until 7.30pm or for half an hour

Adjournment Debate: Presidential elections in Democratic Republic of Congo (Mr Ivan Lewis)

Westminster Hall

9.30am

Traidcraft and the future of fair trade

11.00am

Performance of Govia on the Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City railway line

(The sitting will be suspended from 11.30am to 2.30pm.)

2.30pm

Mental health support for firefighters

4.00pm

Future funding of Harrow council

4.30pm

Independent review of HBOS Reading

Business Today: Chamber 

11.30am Prayers

Followed by

QUESTIONS 

OP buttonOral Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice

1Gerald Jones (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
What steps the Government is taking to ensure that workers can access legal advice on workplace injuries. (908244)

2Matt Western (Warwick and Leamington)
What estimate he has made of the number of people who become homeless immediately after being released from short prison sentences. (908246)

3David Linden (Glasgow East)
What assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed EU Withdrawal Agreement on UK-EU co-operation on justice matters. (908247)

4Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central)
What steps the Government is taking to ensure that workers can access legal advice on workplace injuries. [R] (908248)

5Nigel Mills (Amber Valley)
What steps the Government is taking to make it easier for people to initiate legal proceedings. (908249)

6Christian Matheson (City of Chester)
What steps the Government is taking to retain experienced prison officers. (908250)

7Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock)
What steps the Government is taking to improve offenders’ access to education and employment. (908251)

8Mark Pawsey (Rugby)
What steps the Government is taking to improve offenders’ access to education and employment. (908252)

9Vicky Ford (Chelmsford)
What recent steps the Government has taken to tackle the use of drones over prisons. (908253)

10Colin Clark (Gordon)
What steps the Government is taking to prevent violence in prisons. (908254)

11Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East)
What estimate he has made of the number of people who become homeless immediately after being released from short prison sentences. (908255)

12Ms Karen Buck (Westminster North)
What assessment he has made of the prevalence of legal advice deserts. (908256)

13Dr Matthew Offord (Hendon)
What steps the Government is taking to prevent the use of mobile phones in prisons. (908257)

14Neil O'Brien (Harborough)
What recent estimate he has made of the number of rogue bailiffs. (908258)

15Andrew Rosindell (Romford)
What steps he is taking to ensure the safety of prison officers. (908259)

16Rachel Reeves (Leeds West)
What steps he is taking to tackle rogue bailiffs. (908260)

17Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton)
What steps his Department is taking to support the Home Office in tackling economic crime. (908261)

18Mike Amesbury (Weaver Vale)
What assessment he has made of the effect of recent trends in the number of court (a) staff and (b) closures on access to justice. (908262)

19Ruth Cadbury (Brentford and Isleworth)
What assessment he has made of the implications of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act for the work of (a) his Department and (b) HM Courts & Tribunals Service. (908263)

20Wera Hobhouse (Bath)
What discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the use of Clare's Law in cases where a restraining order has been granted through civil process. (908264)

21Bim Afolami (Hitchin and Harpenden)
What estimate he has made of the proportion of bailiffs that use aggressive behaviour when collecting debts. (908265)

22Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire)
What steps he is taking to ensure the safety of prison officers. (908266)

23Thangam Debbonaire (Bristol West)
What steps he is taking to make prisons safer for prisoners and prison staff. (908267)

24Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle upon Tyne North)
What assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights' recent statement on the effect of legal aid reforms on access to justice. (908268)

At 12.15pm

OP buttonTopical Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice

T1Chris Williamson (Derby North)
If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities. (908269)

T2Alex Norris (Nottingham North) (908270)

T3Colin Clark (Gordon) (908271)

T4Toby Perkins (Chesterfield) (908272)

T5Vicky Ford (Chelmsford) (908273)

T6Gerald Jones (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney) (908274)

T7Catherine West (Hornsey and Wood Green) (908275)

T8Wera Hobhouse (Bath) (908276)

T9Dr Philippa Whitford (Central Ayrshire) (908277)

T10Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow) (908278)

URGENT QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS 

12.30pm

OP buttonUrgent Questions (if any)

OP buttonMinisterial Statements (if any)

PRESENTATION OF BILLS 

No debate (Standing Order No. 57)

OP buttonEuropean Union (Revocation of Notification of Withdrawal)

Geraint Davies

Bill to require the Prime Minister to revoke the notification, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union unless two conditions are met; to establish as the first condition for non-revocation that a withdrawal agreement has been approved by Parliament by 21 January 2019 or during an extension period agreed by that date under Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union; to establish as the second condition for non-revocation that a majority of participating voters have voted in favour of that agreement in a referendum in which the United Kingdom remaining as a member of the European Union was the other option; and for connected purposes.

BUSINESS OF THE DAY 

1. EMERGENCY DEBATE: EU WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT

Up to three hours (Standing Order No. 24)

Ian Blackford

That this House has considered the outcome of the Prime Minister’s recent discussions with the European Commission and European Heads of Government regarding the Withdrawal Agreement, and potential ways forward.

Notes:

The application for this debate was made, and leave given, on 17 December.

2. Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords]: Second Reading

Until 7.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(3))

Jeremy Corbyn

Barbara Keeley

Jonathan Ashworth

Richard Burgon

Paula Sherriff

Mr Nicholas Brown

That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, notwithstanding the need for reform to the current system of mental capacity assessments and while acknowledging the improvements made to the Bill by the House of Lords, because the Bill underwent no pre-legislative scrutiny, it does not put the interests of the cared-for person at the heart of the Bill, it enshrines a conflict of interest in relation to independent providers of health and care services, it fails to provide measures to reduce the substantial backlog of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Assessments and it fails to recognise explicitly the interface with the Mental Health Act when determining which legislation should be used to authorise care or treatment arrangements.

Notes:

The Speaker has certified that the Bill relates exclusively to England and Wales and is within devolved legislative competence (Standing Order No. 83J).

Relevant Documents:

Seventh Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, The Right to Freedom and Safety: Reform of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, HC 890, HL Paper 161

Twelfth Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Legislative Scrutiny: Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, HC 1662, HL Paper 208

3. MENTAL CAPACITY (AMENDMENT) BILL [LORDS]: PROGRAMME

No debate (Standing Order No. 83A(7))

Secretary Matt Hancock

That the following provisions shall apply to the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords]:

Committal

(1) The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

(2) Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 24 January 2019.

(3) The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading

(4) Proceedings on Consideration and any proceedings in legislative grand committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on Consideration are commenced.

(5) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

(6) Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading.

Other proceedings

(7) Any other proceedings on the Bill may be programmed.

4. Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords]: Ways and Means

No debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a))

Mel Stride

That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the charging of fees.

5. Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords]: Money

No debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a))

Mel Stride

That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of:

(1) any expenditure incurred under or by virtue of the Act by the Secretary of State, and

(2) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided.

Notes:

Queen’s Recommendation signified.

6. EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION (FINANCIAL SERVICES)

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

John Glen

That the draft Markets in Financial Instruments (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 17 October, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

7. BETTING, GAMING AND LOTTERIES

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

Mims Davies

That the draft Gaming Machine (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocation) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 15 November, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

8. Exiting the European Union (Postal Services)

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

Kelly Tolhurst

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

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

9. EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION (COMPANIES)

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

Kelly Tolhurst

That the draft Accounts and Reports (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 31 October, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

10. ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

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

John Glen

That the draft Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 1 November, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

11. EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION (MERCHANT SHIPPING)

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

Secretary Chris Grayling

That the draft Merchant Shipping (Recognised Organisations) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which were laid before this House on 12 November, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

12. EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION (FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS)

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

John Glen

That the draft Capital Requirements (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 15 November, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

13. Exiting the European Union (Financial Services)

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

John Glen

That the draft Bank Recovery and Resolution and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 23 October, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

14. ECUMENICAL RELATIONS MEASURE

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

Dame Caroline Spelman

That the Ecumenical Relations Measure (HC 1687), passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for her Royal Assent in the form in which it was laid before Parliament.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

Relevant Documents:

237th Report from the Ecclesiastical Committee: Ecumenical Relations Measure; Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure; Church Property Measure; and Church of England Pensions Measure, HC 1686.

15. CHURCH OF ENGLAND (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) MEASURE

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

Dame Caroline Spelman

That the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure (HC 1688), passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for her Royal Assent in the form in which it was laid before Parliament.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

16. CHURCH PROPERTY MEASURE

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

Dame Caroline Spelman

That the Church Property Measure (HC 1689), passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for her Royal Assent in the form in which it was laid before Parliament.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

Relevant Documents:

237th Report from the Ecclesiastical Committee: Ecumenical Relations Measure; Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure; Church Property Measure; and Church of England Pensions Measure, HC 1686.

17. CHURCH OF ENGLAND PENSIONS MEASURE

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

Dame Caroline Spelman

That the Church of England Pensions Measure (HC 1690), passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for her Royal Assent in the form in which it was laid before Parliament.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

Relevant Documents:

237th Report from the Ecclesiastical Committee: Ecumenical Relations Measure; Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure; Church Property Measure; and Church of England Pensions Measure, HC 1686.

PRESENTATION OF PUBLIC PETITIONS 

No debate or decision (Standing Order No. 153)

OP buttonUK arms exports to Saudi Arabia: Daniel Zeichner

OP buttonFunding for mental health provision in Cumbria: Tim Farron

OP buttonGreen Deal scheme: Ged Killen

OP buttonGreen Deal scheme: Dr Philippa Whitford

ADJOURNMENT DEBATE 

Until 7.30pm or for half an hour (whichever is later) (Standing Order No. 9(7))

OP buttonPresidential elections in Democratic Republic of Congo: Mr Ivan Lewis

Business Today: Westminster Hall 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

The first part of the sitting will last for two hours. The second part of the sitting will last for three hours (Standing Order No. 10(1)).

9.30am

OP buttonThat this House has considered Traidcraft and the future of fair trade: Liz Twist

Notes:

The Chairman of Ways and Means appointed this debate on the recommendation of the Backbench Business Committee.

11.00am

OP buttonThat this House has considered the performance of Govia on the Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City railway line: Grant Shapps

Notes:

The sitting will be suspended from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

2.30pm

OP buttonThat this House has considered mental health support for firefighters: Emma Dent Coad

4.00pm

OP buttonThat this House has considered the future funding of Harrow council: Gareth Thomas

4.30pm

OP buttonThat this House has considered the independent review of HBOS Reading: Kevin Hollinrake

Notes:

The second part of the sitting will be suspended and time added if divisions take place in the main Chamber (Standing Order No. 10(3)). The debate at 4.30pm will last for up to an hour.

Written Statements 

STATEMENTS TO BE MADE TODAY 

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

1.Update on Audit Industry

The Chancellor of the Exchequer

2.Public Spending

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

3.Bovine TB

4.Resources and Waste Strategy

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

5.Alleged Serious and Significant Offences (Diplomatic Immunity): 2017

6.Debts owed by Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations in the United Kingdom: 2017

7.Foreign Affairs Council – 10 December 2018

Secretary of State for the Home Department

8.New Chair of the Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

9.Building Safety update

10.Grenfell Update

11.Rough Sleeping

Secretary of State for Justice

12.Victims update

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

13.Pensions and Long-Term Savings Trials for the Self-Employed

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 buttonCrime (Overseas Production Order) Bill [Lords]

To consider the Bill

Room 12
9.25am (public)

OP buttonCrime (Overseas Production Order) Bill [Lords]

Further to consider the Bill

Room 12
2.00pm (public)

Delegated Legislation Committees 

OP buttonSecond Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018 and the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Parental Orders) Regulations 2018

Room 9
8.55am (public)

Select Committees 

OP buttonScience and Technology

Subject: Balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending

Witnesses: Keith Thompson, Chair, Catapult CEO network, and CEO, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, Professor Richard Brook, President, Association of Innovation, Research & Technology Organisations, David Connell, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Business Research, Cambridge Judge Business School, and Felicity Burch, Director of Innovation and Digital, Confederation of British Industry; Dr Robert Massey, Deputy Executive Director, Royal Astronomical Society, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President, Royal Academy of Engineering, Professor Neil Hall, Director, Earlham Institute, and Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Operating Officer, The Institute of Cancer Research (at 10.30am)

Room 5
9.00am (private), 9.30am (public)

OP buttonEducation

Room 20
9.30am (private)

OP buttonInternational Development

IFG HQ
9.30am (private)

OP buttonJustice

Subject: Serious Fraud Office

Witnesses: Lisa Osofsky, Director, Serious Fraud Office

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
9.30am (private), 10.00am (public)

OP buttonPublic Administration and Constitutional Affairs

Subject: Strategic Leadership in the Civil Service

Witnesses: Sir Chris Wormald, Head of the Civil Service Policy Profession and Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care, and Richard Banks, Head of Civil Service Policy Profession Support Unit

Room 16
9.30am (private), 10.15am (public)

OP buttonBusiness, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Room 13
9.45am (private)

OP buttonCommittee on Standards

Room 19
9.45am (private)

OP buttonEnvironmental Audit

Subject: Sustainability of the fashion industry

Witnesses: Victoria Atkins MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Women), Home Office, Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Defra, Kelly Tolhurst MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, BEIS, and Janet Alexander MP, Director of Individuals and Small Business Compliance, HMRC

Room 6
10.00am (private), 10.15am (public)

OP buttonScottish Affairs

Subject: The future of the oil and gas industry

Witnesses: Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, and Kersti Berge, Director of Energy and Climate Change; Claire Perry MP, Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Emily Bourne, Director for Energy Development and Resilience at BEIS (at 2.15pm)

Room 8
12.30pm (private), 1.00pm (public)

OP buttonDefence

Subject: Mental Health and the Armed Forces, Part Two: The Provision of Care

Witnesses: Johnny Mercer MP; Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People, Ministry of Defence, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities, and Kate Davies, Director of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning, NHS England (at 2.30pm)

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
1.30pm (private), 2.00pm (public)

OP buttonHealth and Social Care

Room 6
2.00pm (private)

OP buttonWelsh Affairs

Subject: S4C review

Witnesses: Huw Jones, Chair, S4C Authority, and Owen Evans, Chief Executive, S4C(simultaneous translation)

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
2.00pm (private), 2.15pm (public)

OP buttonForeign Affairs

Subject: The future of the UK Overseas Territories

Witnesses: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN, and Ben Merrick, Director, Overseas Territories, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Room 16
2.45pm (private), 3.30pm (public)

OP buttonEuropean Statutory Instruments

Room 15
3.30pm (private)

OP buttonLiaison

The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
6.00pm (private)

Other Committees 

OP buttonThe Public Accounts Commission

Subject: The National Audit Office Strategy

Witnesses: Sir Amyas Morse, KCB, Comptroller and Auditor General, Lord Bichard, Chair, and Daniel Lambauer, Executive Leader, Strategy and Operations, National Audit Office

Room 15
10.00am (private), 10.15am (public)

Committee reports published today 

WOMEN AND EQUALITIES 

OP button7th Special Report: Sexual harassment in the workplace: Government Response to the Committee’s Fifth Report of Session 2017–19, HC 1801
Time of publication:
0.01am

EUROPEAN SCRUTINY 

OP buttonForty-eighth Report of Session 2017–19: Documents considered by the Committee on 12 December 2018, HC 301-xlvii
Time of publication:
11.00am