House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
7 September 2017

No. 24

The House met at 9.30 am


1Questions to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

2Business Question (Leader of the House)

3Statement: Hurricane Irma (Sir Alan Duncan)

4House of Lords (Exclusion of Hereditary Peers) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

David Hanson, supported by Clive Efford, Matthew Pennycook, Barbara Keeley, Bill Esterson, Jack Dromey, Louise Haigh, Kate Green, Lyn Brown, Liam Byrne and Paul Blomfield, presented a Bill to amend the House of Lords Act 1999 to remove the by-election system for the election of hereditary peers; to provide for the exclusion of hereditary peers from the House of Lords over time; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 27 April 2018, and to be printed (Bill 104).

5Pensions (Review of Women's Arrangements) (No. 2) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Carolyn Harris, supported by Tim Loughton, Caroline Lucas, Stephen Lloyd, Ian Blackford, Christine Jardine, Maria Caulfield, Peter Aldous, David Hanson and Chris Elmore, presented a Bill to establish a review of pension arrangements for women affected by changes made by the Pensions Act 1995 and the Pensions Act 2011; to require the review in particular to undertake costings for a compensation scheme and consider the operation of section 1(4) of the Pensions Act 2011; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 27 April 2018, and to be printed (Bill 105).

6European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Second Reading

Motion made and Question proposed, That the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill be now read a second time.—(Secretary David Davis.)

Amendment moved, to leave out from ‘That’ to the end of the Question and add 'this House respects the EU referendum result and recognises that the UK will leave the EU, believes that insisting on proper scrutiny of this Bill and its proposed powers is the responsibility of this sovereign Parliament, recognises the need for considered and effective legislation to preserve EU-derived rights, protections and regulations in UK law as the UK leaves the EU but declines to give a Second Reading to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill because the Bill fails to protect and reassert the principle of Parliamentary sovereignty by handing sweeping powers to Government Ministers allowing them to bypass Parliament on key decisions, allows for rights and protections to be reduced or removed through secondary legislation without any meaningful or guaranteed Parliamentary scrutiny, fails to include a presumption of devolution which would allow effective transfer of devolved competencies coming back from the EU to the devolved administrations and makes unnecessary and unjustified alterations to the devolution settlements, fails to provide certainty that rights and protections will be enforced as effectively in the future as they are at present, risks weakening human rights protections by failing to transpose the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights into UK law, provides no mechanism for ensuring that the UK does not lag behind the EU in workplace protections and environmental standards in the future and prevents the UK implementing strong transitional arrangements on the same basic terms we currently enjoy, including remaining within a customs union and within the Single Market.'.—(Keir Starmer.)

The Speaker announced a time limit on backbench speeches (Standing Order No. 47(1)).

Question again proposed, that the Amendment be made.

Ordered, That the debate be now adjourned.—(Rebecca Harris.)

Debate to be resumed Monday 11 September.


Subject: Hive Stadium and the sale of public assets (Bob Blackman).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Rebecca Harris.) 

Adjourned at 17.29 pm until Monday 11 September.

John Bercow


Westminster Hall

The sitting began at 1.30 pm

Business appointed by the Chairman of Ways and Means (Standing Order No. 10(6))

1Transparency of the BBC

Resolved, That this House has considered the transparency of the BBC.—(Mr Gregory Campbell.)

216 to 19 education funding

Resolved, That this House has considered 16 to 19 education funding.—(Nic Dakin.) The Chair announced a time limit on backbench speeches (under the authority of the Chairman of Ways and Means and Standing Order No. 47(1)).

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

Adjourned at 4.29 pm until Tuesday 12 September.

Lindsay Hoyle

Chairman of Ways and Means

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution


Draft Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Consequential Amendments) Order 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Tracey Crouch)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

2Building and Buildings

Building (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 856), dated 5 September 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Alok Sharma)


Immigration and Nationality (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 885), dated 5 September 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Amber Rudd)

4Landlord and Tenant

Valuation of Minor Intermediate Leasehold Interests (England) Regulations 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 871), dated 5 September 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Alok Sharma)

5Merchant Shipping

Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 879), dated 4 September 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling)

6Terms and Conditions of Employment

Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) (Amendment) Order 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 880), dated 5 September 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Greg Clark)

Other papers

7 Constitutional Reform

Lord Chief Justice's Report (by Act) (Clerk of the House)

8Animal Health

A description of the UK system of controls on imports of live animals and products of animal origin and evaluation of its performance to protect public and animal health (April 2014 - March 2016) (by Act) (Secretary Michael Gove)

9Ministry of Justice

Personal Injury Discount Rate: How it should be set in future. Draft Legislation (by Command) (Cm. 9500) (Secretary David Lidington)

10National Audit

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Investigation into the management of the Libor Fund (by Act), to be printed (HC 306) (Clerk of the House)

11Women and Equalities

Government Response to the Women and Equalities Committee Report on Women in the House of Commons (by Command) (Cm. 9492) (Chris Skidmore)


Prepared 7 September 2017