House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday
7 December 2017

No. 65

The House met at 9.30 am.

Prayers

1 Questions to (1) the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(2) the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, the right hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, the hon. Member representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission and the right hon. Member representing the Church Commissioners

2Urgent Question: US Embassy: Israel (Alistair Burt)

3Royal Assent

The Speaker reported that the Queen had signified Royal Assent to the following Acts under the Royal Assent Act 1967:

European Union Approvals Act 2017

4Business Question (Leader of the House)

5Statement: Social care (Jackie Doyle-Price)

6Backbench Business

(1) Prison reform and safety

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House takes note of the Justice Committee’s Twelfth and Fourteenth Reports of Session 2016-17, on Prison reform and the Government Responses to them; notes with concern the continuing crisis in prisons in England and Wales, with an historically high prison population and unacceptably high levels of violence, drug availability and use, disturbances and self-harm and self-inflicted deaths in the adult and youth custodial estate; further notes the critical reports by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on individual establishments and thematic issues; welcomes the Government’s intention to proceed with a programme of prison reform and to produce a prison safety and reform action plan as recommended by the Committee, and the publication of performance data on each prison from 26 October 2017; regrets the fact that the Government does not intend to bring forward legislation to establish a statutory purpose for prisons, enhance the powers of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, and place the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) and the UK’s National Preventive Mechanism on a statutory basis;  further regrets the Government’s rejection of the Committee’s recommendation that it should report at six-monthly intervals on the impact of governor empowerment on complaints made to the PPO and Independent Monitoring Boards; and calls on the Government to ensure that information on prison performance and safety is published regularly, and with sufficient detail and timeliness to enable the effective scrutiny of the management of prisons by the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service.—(Robert Neill.)

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

Question put and agreed to.

(2) UK fishing industry

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered the UK fishing industry.—(Mrs Sheryll Murray.)

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

Question put and agreed to.

7Adjournment

Subject: Financial inclusion and the single financial guidance body (Jeremy Quin)

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Craig Whittaker.

Adjourned at 5.28 pm until Monday 11 December.

Other Proceedings

Lords Messages

8Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill

The Lords agree to the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill with amendments to which they desire the agreement of the Commons.

Printing of Lords Amendments

9Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill

Lords Amendments to be considered tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 140), with Explanatory Notes (Bill 140-EN).

General Committees: Appointments

The Speaker appoints the Chair of General Committees and members of Programming Sub-Committees, and allocates Statutory Instruments to Delegated Legislation Committees.

The Selection Committee nominates Members to serve on General Committees (and certain Members to serve on Grand Committees).

10First Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Scotland Act 1998 (Specification of Devolved Tax) (Wild Fisheries) Order 2017)

Members: Karin Smyth discharged and Stella Creasy nominated in substitution.

John Bercow

Speaker

Westminster Hall

The sitting began at 1.30 pm.

Liaison Committee business (Standing Order No. 10(7))

1Women in the House of Commons after the 2020 election

Resolved, That this House has considered the Fifth Report of the Women and Equalities Committee, Session 2016-17, Women in the House of Commons after the 2020 election, HC 630, and the Government response, Cm. 9492.—(Mrs Maria Miller.)

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

Adjourned at 3.23 pm until Monday 11 December.

Lindsay Hoyle

Chairman of Ways and Means

Papers Laid

Papers presented or laid upon the Table

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

1Immigration

Draft Transfer of Responsibility for Relevant Children (Extension to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Amber Rudd)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

2Environmental Protection

Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 1221), dated 7 December 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Michael Gove)

3Immigration

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command); to be printed (HC 309) (Secretary Amber Rudd)

4Road Traffic

Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 1208), dated 5 December 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling)

5Sea Fisheries

Fishing Boats Designation (England) (Amendment) Order 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 1219), dated 6 December 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Michael Gove)

6Town and Country Planning

West Northamptonshire Joint Committee (Revocation) Order 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 1211), dated 5 December 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Alok Sharma)

7Universities of Oxford and Cambridge

Statute, dated 26 September 2017, made by the Governing Body of Corpus Christi College in the University of Cambridge, revising the existing Statutes of the College (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Justine Greening)

8Wildlife

Ringing of Certain Captive-bred Birds (England and Wales) Regulations 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 1213), dated 4 December 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Michael Gove)

Other papers

9Public Accounts

Treasury Minute on the First Report from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2017–19 (by Command) (Cm. 9549) (Andrew Jones)

 

Prepared 7 December 2017