Business for Monday 14 January 2019

SUMMARY AGENDA: CHAMBER

2.30pm

Prayers

Afterwards

Oral Questions: Defence

3.30pm

Urgent Questions, Ministerial Statements (if any)

Up to eight hours

Section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Adjourned debate on Question (11 January))

No debate

Statutory Instruments (Motions for approval)

No debate after 10.00pm

Motion to change the membership of Select Committees: Standards, Privileges, Health and Social Care

No debate

Presentation of Public Petitions

Until 10.30pm or for half an hour

Adjournment Debate: Closure of St Rollox railway works (Mr Paul Sweeney)

Westminster Hall

4.30pm

Debate on e-petitions relating to leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement, relating to holding a further referendum on leaving the EU and relating to not leaving the EU

Business Today: Chamber 

2.30pm Prayers

Followed by

QUESTIONS 

OP buttonOral Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence

1Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham)
What recent assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of the Vanguard-class life extension programme. (908521)

2Henry Smith (Crawley)
What steps his Department is taking to support civilian authorities to tackle illegal drone use at and around UK airports. (908522)

3Karen Lee (Lincoln)
What recent assessment he has made of the quality of service delivered through contracts outsourced by his Department. (908523)

4Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland)
What recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the future deployment of coalition forces in Syria. (908524)

5Hugh Gaffney (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill)
What plans his Department has for maintaining defence co-operation with European partners in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. (908525)

6Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering)
What steps the Royal Navy is taking to support the Home Office in preventing illegal immigration across the English Channel. (908526)

7Lyn Brown (West Ham)
What funding his Department has allocated to the proposed Global Navigation Satellite System. (908528)

8Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire)
What recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on the implications of recent Russian military activity for NATO’s strategic priorities. (908529)

9Gill Furniss (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough)
What recent assessment he has made of the UK’s future defence relationship with the EU after the UK leaves the EU. (908530)

10Luke Pollard (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
When he plans to announce the long-term arrangements for Royal Marines bases. (908531)

11Royston Smith (Southampton, Itchen)
What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UK air strikes against Daesh. (908532)

12Matt Warman (Boston and Skegness)
What steps his Department is taking to develop offensive cyber-capabilities. (908533)

13David Hanson (Delyn)
What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Capita’s Army recruitment contract. (908534)

14Alex Cunningham (Stockton North)
What recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of armed forces personnel. (908535)

15Christian Matheson (City of Chester)
What recent representations he has received on the Modernising the Defence Estate programme. (908536)

16Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent)
What recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of armed forces personnel. (908537)

17John Grogan (Keighley)
What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Capita’s Army recruitment contract. (908538)

18Thelma Walker (Colne Valley)
What recent assessment he has made of the level of morale in the armed forces. (908539)

19Mr Paul Sweeney (Glasgow North East)
What weight will be given to delivering economic benefit to the UK when his Department assesses the tender for the Fleet Solid Support Ship contract. (908540)

20James Cartlidge (South Suffolk)
What steps his Department is taking to develop offensive cyber-capabilities. (908541)

21Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak)
What estimate his Department has made of the number of veterans who are homeless. (908542)

22Layla Moran (Oxford West and Abingdon)
How many (a) Arctic Star medals and (b) Bomber Command clasps have been awarded since their introduction. (908544)

23Peter Kyle (Hove)
What recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of armed forces personnel. (908545)

At 3.15pm

OP buttonTopical Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence

T1Mike Wood (Dudley South)
If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities. (908546)

T2Matt Warman (Boston and Skegness) (908547)

T3Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (908548)

T4Alex Sobel (Leeds North West) (908549)

T5Richard Graham (Gloucester) (908550)

T6Mr Ranil Jayawardena (North East Hampshire) (908551)

T7Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham) (908553)

T8Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland) (908554)

T9Dr Philippa Whitford (Central Ayrshire) (908555)

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 [11 JANUARY]

Up to eight hours (Order of 4 December and 9 January)

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 Farron Wera Hobhouse Christine Jardine Layla Moran Jamie 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

Brendan 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 CrawleyIan MurrayStephen KinnockChuka UmunnaJonathan EdwardsHywel WilliamsAlex SobelLiz KendallOwen SmithLiz Saville RobertsKate GreenAnna McMorrinDarren JonesLilian GreenwoodMartin Docherty-HughesClive Efford Ms Karen Buck Stewart Malcolm McDonaldMhairi BlackRichard BurdenHelen JonesAngela SmithAlbert OwenBen LakeStephen TwiggDavid LindenTommy SheppardDr Rupa HuqMartin WhitfieldGavin Newlands

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 (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 LeighFrank FieldGiles Watling

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 (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 (n)

Frank Field

At end, add “but no Minister of the Crown may move the Third Reading of any Bill to fulfil the ratification condition in section 13(1)(d) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 before the Attorney General has laid before both Houses of Parliament a statement of advice that sufficient assurance has been given in the European Council that no requirement in the negotiated withdrawal agreement to use best endeavours to conclude an agreement or any obligation to abide by an arbitration decision will prevent the United Kingdom from terminating the backstop arrangement once it is no longer needed as a necessary and proportionate step towards the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.”

Amendment (o)

Sir Hugo Swire

Richard Graham

Robert Neill

Sir Henry Bellingham

Sir Nicholas Soames

Sir Edward Leigh

Dr Andrew Murrison

At end, add “subject to

1. legislation making provision that requires:

a. the Government

i. to report in March 2020 on the status of arrangements to supersede the Northern Ireland backstop,

ii. to consider the views of the devolved Administrations, in particular the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly, and

iii. to enable this House to approve the Government’s proposed approach, including whether or not an extension to the implementation period should be pursued;

b. parliamentary approval of the commencement of the powers implementing the Northern Ireland backstop; and

c. 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

2. 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.”

Amendment (p)

John Mann

Gareth Snell

Caroline Flint

Lisa Nandy

Frank Field

Jim Fitzpatrick

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 common EU UK standards provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement in relation to employment, environmental protection and health and safety which will continue to protect the wellbeing of every person in this country; and determines that the Government should invite the House to consider any measure approved by EU institutions after exit day which strengthens any of these protections.”

Relevant Documents:

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

Twenty-fifth Report of the Treasury Committee, The UK’s economic relationship with the European Union: The Government’s and Bank of England’s Withdrawal Agreement analyses, HC 1819

Correspondence with the Chancellor of the Exchequer relating to the Treasury Committee’s report on the UK’s economic relationship with the European Union: The Government’s and Bank of England’s Withdrawal Agreement analyses, 3 January 2019

Written evidence to the Treasury Committee, on the UK’s economic relationship with the European Union, reported to the House on 28 November 2018 and 29 November 2018, HC 473

HM Treasury, EU Exit: Long-term economic analysis, Cm 9742, November 2018

Sixteenth Report of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, The response from business to the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, HC 384

Tenth Report of the Exiting the European Union Committee, The progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal - The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, HC 1778

2. CORPORATION TAX

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

Robert Jenrick

That the draft Investment Allowance and Cluster Area Allowance (Relevant Income: Tariff Receipts) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 31 October, be approved.

Notes:

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

3. EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION (AUDITORS)

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

Kelly Tolhurst

That the draft Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 6 November, be approved.

Notes:

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

4. Exiting the European Union (Merchant Shipping)

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

Secretary Chris Grayling

That the draft Ship and Port Security (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 21 November, be approved.

Notes:

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

5. EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION (CIVIL AVIATION)

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

Secretary Chris Grayling

That the draft Air Passenger Rights and Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 28 November, be approved.

Notes:

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

6. EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION (FINANCIAL SERVICES)

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

John Glen

That the draft Alternative Investment Fund Managers (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 29 November, be approved.

Notes:

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

7. EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION (FINANCIAL SERVICES)

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

John Glen

That the draft Venture Capital Funds (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 13 November 2018, be approved.

Notes:

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

8. EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION (FINANCIAL SERVICES)

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

John Glen

That the draft Social Entrepreneurship Funds (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 13 November 2018, be approved.

Notes:

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

9. IMMIGRATION

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

Secretary Sajid Javid

That the draft Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2018, which was laid before this House on 3 December, be approved.

Notes:

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

10. Committee on Standards

No debate after 10.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(6))

Christopher Pincher

That Douglas Chapman be discharged from the Committee on Standards and Stewart Malcolm McDonald be added.

11. Committee of Privileges

No debate after 10.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(6))

Christopher Pincher

That Douglas Chapman be discharged from the Committee of Privileges and Stewart Malcolm McDonald be added.

12. Health and Social Care Committee

No debate after 10.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(6))

Bill Wiggin, on behalf of the Selection Committee

That Dr Lisa Cameron be discharged from the Health and Social Care Committee and Dr Philippa Whitford be added.

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 buttonClosure of St Rollox railway works: Mr Paul Sweeney

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

Paul Scully

That the House has considered e-petitions 229963, 221747 and 235185 relating to leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement, 232984 and 231461 relating to holding a further referendum on leaving the EU, and 226509 and 236261 relating to not leaving the EU.

Notes:

The subject for this debate was determined by the Petitions Committee. The sitting will last for up to three hours. 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 Defence

1.Review of the Implementation of the National Shipbuilding Strategy

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

2.Clean Air Strategy

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

3.Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Update on delivery

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

4.Patient rights and responsibilities

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

5.Pensions 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.

Public Bill Committees 

OP buttonMental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords] Programming sub-Committee

Room 13
3.30pm (public)

European Committees 

OP buttonEuropean Committee B

To consider Regulation 2018/1727 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust), and replacing and repealing Council Decision 2002/187/JHA

Room 10
4.30pm (public)

Delegated Legislation Committees 

OP buttonFirst Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the draft Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Room 9
4.30pm (public)

OP buttonSecond Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the draft Higher Education (Fee Limits for Accelerated Courses) (England) Regulations 2018

Room 11
4.30pm (public)

OP buttonThirteenth Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the draft Local Government Finance Act 1988 (Non-Domestic Rating Multipliers) (England) Order 2018

Room 16
4.30pm (public)

OP buttonThird Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the draft Nuclear Safeguards (Fissionable Material and Relevant International Agreements) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Room 12
6.00pm (public)

Select Committees 

OP buttonTransport

Subject: Health of the Bus Market

Witnesses: Matthew Goggins, Head of Bus, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Merseytravel, Howard Farrall, Area Managing Director, Arriva Merseyside, and Rob Jones, Regional Managing Director, Stagecoach Merseyside

Merseytravel, 1 Mann Island, Liverpool
12.50pm (private), 1.00pm (public)

OP buttonHousing, Communities and Local Government

Subject: Leasehold reform

Witnesses: Matthew Jupp, Principal, Mortgages, UK Finance; Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC, Falcon Chambers, Amanda Gourlay, Barrister, Tanfield Chambers, and Giles Peaker, Partner, Anthony Gold Solicitors (at 4.15pm); Professor Nicholas Hopkins, Commissioner, Law Commission (at 5.15pm)

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
3.30pm (private), 3.45pm (public)

OP buttonPublic Accounts

Subject: Capita’s contracts with the Ministry of Defence

Witnesses: Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary, Andrew Forzani, Chief Commercial Officer, Lt Gen Richard Nugee (Chief of Defence People), Lt Gen Tyrone Urch (Commander of Army Home Command Group), Ministry of Defence, and Jonathan Lewis, Chief Executive, Capita

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

OP buttonAdministration

Room 18
4.30pm (private)