House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday
19 December 2017

No. 71

The House met at 11.30 am.

Prayers

1Questions to the Secretary of State for Health

2Statements: (1) Local Government Finance Settlement (Secretary Sajid Javid)

(2) Policing (Mr Nick Hurd)

3Pension Benefits (Ill Health) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

John Mann presented a Bill to require pension providers to make lump sum payments and other pension benefits available to people with ill health, including people with a terminal diagnosis, prior to such people reaching minimum pension age; 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 143).

4Access to Radiotherapy Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Tim Farron, supported by Mr Jim Cunningham, Norman Lamb, Stephen McPartland, Layla Moran, Grahame Morris and Tom Brake presented a Bill to make provision to improve access to radiotherapy treatment in England; to define access in terms of the time that patients are required to travel to places providing treatment; to specify 45 minutes as the maximum time patients are to travel; and for connected purposes. 

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 11 May 2018, and to be printed (Bill 144).

5Emergency Response Drivers (Protections): Motion for leave to bring in a Bill (Standing Order No. 23)

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide protection for drivers of emergency vehicles responding to emergencies from civil liability and criminal prosecution in specified circumstances; to make related provision about criminal proceedings and sentencing; and for connected purposes;

That Sir Henry Bellingham, Bob Blackman, Jack Lopresti, Stephen Twigg, Robert Halfon, Steve McCabe, Sir Oliver Heald, Chris Bryant, Sir Roger Gale, Leo Docherty, Peter Aldous and James Cartlidge present the Bill.

Sir Henry Bellingham accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 16 March 2018, and to be printed (Bill 145).

6Finance (No. 2) Bill (Clause 8, Clause 33 and Schedule 9, Clauses 40 and 41 and Schedule 11 and any new Clauses and new Schedules relating to the income tax treatment of armed forces' accommodation, the bank levy, stamp duty land tax, the effect of the Bill on equality or the effect of the Bill on tax avoidance and evasion): Committee of the whole House (second day)

The House again resolved itself into a Committee (Programme Order, 11 December).

(In the Committee)

New Clause NC6—(Dawn Butler)—brought up, and read the first time.

Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

The Committee divided.

Division No. 77.

Ayes: 273 (Tellers: Thangam Debbonaire, Nick Smith).

Noes: 309 (Tellers: Stuart Andrew, Andrew Stephenson).

Question accordingly negatived.

New Clause NC8—(Anneliese Dodds)—brought up, and read the first time.

Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

The Committee divided.

Division No. 78.

Ayes: 271 (Tellers: Thangam Debbonaire, Nick Smith).

Noes: 311 (Tellers: Stuart Andrew, Andrew Stephenson).

Question accordingly negatived. 

The occupant of the Chair left the Chair to report the Bill (Clause 8, Clause 33 and Schedule 9, Clauses 40 and 41 and Schedule 11 and any new Clauses and new Schedules relating to the income tax treatment of armed forces' accommodation, the bank levy, stamp duty land tax, the effect of the Bill on equality or the effect of the Bill on tax avoidance and evasion)(Standing Order No. 83D(6)).

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The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.

David Evennett reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill (Clause 8, Clause 33 and Schedule 9, Clauses 40 and 41 and Schedule 11 and any new Clauses and new Schedules relating to the income tax treatment of armed forces' accommodation, the bank levy, stamp duty land tax, the effect of the Bill on equality or the effect of the Bill on tax avoidance and evasion) and made no amendment.

Bill (Clauses 8, 33, 40 and 41, Schedules 9 and 11) to lie upon the Table. 

7Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism

Ordered, That the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2017, which was laid before this House on 18 December, be approved.—(Mr Ben Wallace.)

8Enhancing Law Enforcement Cooperation and Border Control: Strengthening the Schengen Information System (Opt-in)

Resolved, That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 15812/16, a Proposal for Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the use of the Schengen Information System for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals, and No. 15814/16, a Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment, operation and use of the Schengen Information System (SIS) in the field of police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, amending Regulation (EU) No 515/2014 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1986/2006, Council Decision 2007/533/JHA and Commission Decision 2010/261/EU; agrees with the Government’s decision not to opt in to proposals on the use of the Schengen Information System for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals; and further agrees with the Government’s decision not to opt out of proposals on the establishment, operation and use of the Schengen Information System in the field of police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters.—(Mr Nick Hurd.

9Statutory Instruments: Motions for Approval

(1) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Specification of Devolved Tax) (Wild Fisheries) Order 2017, which was laid before this House on 14 September, be approved.—(Chris Heaton-Harris.)

Question agreed to.

(2) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2017, which was laid before this House on 11 September, be approved.—(Chris Heaton-Harris.)

Question agreed to.

(3) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, which were laid before this House on 19 October, be approved.—(Chris Heaton-Harris.)

Question agreed to.

(4) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, which were laid before this House on 13 November, be approved.—(Chris Heaton-Harris.)

The Deputy Speaker’s opinion as to the decision of the Question was challenged.

Division deferred until tomorrow (Standing Order No. 41A).

(5) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Combined Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (Amendment) Order 2017, which was laid before this House on 13 November, be approved.—(Chris Heaton-Harris.)

The Deputy Speaker’s opinion as to the decision of the Question was challenged.

Division deferred until tomorrow (Standing Order No. 41A).

(6) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (England) Regulations 2017, which were laid before this House on 27 November, be approved.—(Chris Heaton-Harris.)

Question agreed to.

10Financial Assistance To Industry

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6) and Order of 6 December), That this House authorises the Secretary of State to undertake to pay, and to pay by way of financial assistance under section 8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982, compensation to eligible energy intensive industries in respect of a proportion of the indirect costs of funding the Renewable Obligation (RO) and small-scale Feed In Tariffs (FIT) totalling more than £30 million and up to a cumulative total of £565 million maximum.—(Chris Heaton-Harris.

Question agreed to.

11Public petitions

A public petition from residents of Sowerby Bridge relating to waste incinerators in Sowerby Bridge was presented and read by Holly Lynch.

12Adjournment

Subject: Roadchef Employees Benefit Trust (Neil Gray)

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Chris Heaton-Harris.

Adjourned at 7.52 pm until tomorrow.

Other Proceedings

General Committees: Reports

13Third Delegated Legislation Committee

Stewart Hosie (Chair) reported the Draft Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018.

General Committees: Appointments

14Third Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018)

Members: Vicky Ford, Dame Margaret Hodge and Julian Sturdy discharged and Simon Hoare, Owen Smith and Craig Tracey nominated in substitution.

European Union Documents Referred

15European Committee B

European Union Documents No.14866/17 Council Decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and determining the list of participating Member States; and Council Decision 2017/971 of 8 June determining the planning and conduct arrangements for EU non-executive military CSDP missions and amending Decisions 2010/96/CFSP on a European Union military mission to contribute to the training of Somali security forces, 2013/34/CFSP on a European Union military mission to contribute to the training of the Malian armed forces (EUTM Mali) and (CFSP) 2016/610 on a European Union CSDP military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA).

16European Committee B

European Union Documents No. 10812/17 Statement of Estimates of the European Commission for the financial year 2018, Draft EU Budget.

Reports from Select Committees

17Backbench Business Committee

Determination of business to be taken on 18 January in the Chamber and 11 January in Westminster Hall with Annex containing a transcript of representations made on 19 December, to be published (Ian Mearns).

18Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

(1) Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 517);

(2) Correspondence with the Head of Public Policy at Uber UKI relating to driver and passenger safety: Written evidence, to be published

(Rachel Reeves).

19Defence Committee

(1) North Korea: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 327);

(2) The Royal Marines and UK amphibious capability: Written evidence, to be published (HC 622)

(Dr Julian Lewis).

20Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Fake news: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 363) (Damian Collins).

21Education Committee

Accountability hearings: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 341) (Robert Halfon).

22Environmental Audit Committee

(1) Plastic bottles: turning back the plastic tide: First Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 339); 

(2) Disposable packaging: coffee cups: Second Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 657);

(3) Correspondence with the Ministry of Justice on sustainability and the Ministry of Justice: Written evidence, to be published (HC 545)

(Mary Creagh).

23Foreign Affairs Committee

(1) UK influence in the UN: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 675); 

(2) Kurdish aspirations and the interests of the UK: Written evidence, to be published (HC 518); 

(3) The future of Britain’s diplomatic relationship with Europe: Written evidence, to be published (HC 514)

(Tom Tugendhat). 

24Health Committee

(1) Brexit: medicines, medical devices and substances of human origin: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 392);

(2) Correspondence with the Care Quality Commission regarding the re-procurement of Expert by Experience Services: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Nursing workforce: Written evidence, to be published (HC 353)

(Dr Sarah Wollaston).

25Home Affairs Committee

(1) Unaccompanied child migrants: Government Response to the Committee’s Thirteenth Report of Session 2016-17: Third Special Report, to be printed (HC 684);

(2) Hate crime and its violent consequences: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 683)

(Yvette Cooper).

26International Development Committee

The humanitarian response in South Sudan: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 605) (Stephen Twigg).

27Justice Committee 

(1) Draft Sentencing Council guidelines on manslaughter: Fourth Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 658);

(2) Employment Tribunal fees: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 576);

(3) Correspondence with Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions relating to the work of the Crown Prosecution Service: Written evidence, to be published (HC 574);

(4) Correspondence with Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice relating to the Government review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) Transforming rehabilitation: Part of the written evidence, to be published (HC 482)

(Robert Neill).

28Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee 

Civil Service effectiveness: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 497)

(Mr Bernard Jenkin). 

29Science and Technology Committee

(1) Correspondence from the Chair to the Minister of State for Countering Extremism, regarding the Biometrics Strategy and facial recognition: Written evidence, to be published;

(2) E-cigarettes: Written evidence, to be published (HC 505);

(3) Evidence-based early-years intervention: Written evidence, to be published (HC 506);

(4) Genomics and genome-editing in the NHS: Written evidence, to be published (HC 349);

(5) Research integrity: Written evidence, to be published (HC 350)

(Norman Lamb).

30Treasury Committee

(1) Student loans: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 478);

(2) Correspondence from the Economic Secretary to the Treasury to the Chair relating to financial services regulation following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence from the Managing Director of the Payments Systems Regulator to the Chair relating to the LINK Board’s proposal on interchange fees: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Correspondence from the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury relating to HM Treasury’s gender pay gap: Written evidence, to be published

(Nicky Morgan).

31Welsh Affairs Committee

Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Wales: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 630)

(David T.C. Davies).

John Bercow

Speaker

Westminster Hall

The sitting began at 9.30 am.

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

1Steel sector deal

Resolved, That this House has considered the steel sector deal.—(Stephen Kinnock.)

2Environmental and food system education in schools

Resolved, That this House has considered environmental and food system education in schools.—(Kerry McCarthy.)

The sitting was suspended between 11.29 am and 2.30 pm (Standing Order No. 10(1)(b)).

3Social mobility in Wales

Resolved, That this House has considered social mobility in Wales.—(Chris Elmore.)

4Blue Belt programme for marine protection

Resolved, That this House has considered the Blue Belt programme for marine protection.—(James Gray.)

5Childcare for fostered children

The sitting was suspended between 4.40 pm and 4.55 pm for a division in the House (Standing Order No. 10(3)).

Resolved, That this House has considered childcare for fostered children.—(Lisa Nandy.)

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

Adjourned at 5.32 pm until tomorrow.

Lindsay Hoyle

Chairman of Ways and Means

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

1Financial Services and Markets

Draft Financial Services Act 2012 (Mutual Societies) Order 2018 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Stephen Barclay)

2Legal Services

(1) Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (General Council of the Bar) (Modification of Functions) Order 2018 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary David Lidington)

(2) Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Appeals from Licensing Authority Decisions) (General Council of the Bar) Order 2018 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary David Lidington)

3Representation of the People

(1) Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Chris Skidmore)

(2) Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary James Brokenshire)

(3) Draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary David Mundell)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

4Income Tax

Capital Allowances Act 2001 (Extension of First-year Allowances) (Amendment) Order 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 1304), dated 18 December 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Andrew Jones)

5Social Security

National Insurance Contributions (Application of Part 7 of the Finance Act 2004) (Amendment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 1308), dated 19 December 2017 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mel Stride)

Other papers

6Justice

(1) Report to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Government's response to Human Rights judgments 2016–17 (by Command) (Cm. 9535) (Secretary David Lidington)

(2) Government Response to the Lammy Review on the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System (by Command) (Cm. 9550) (Secretary David Lidington)

7National Audit

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Implementing the UK's exit from the European Union (by Act), to be printed (HC 647) (Clerk of the House)

8Pharmacy

General Pharmaceutical Council strategic plan 2017–20: year two (by Statutory Instrument) (Secretary Jeremy Hunt)

CORRECTION

Monday 13 November 2017

The following item should have appeared after item 15:

European Union Documents Referred

European Committee B

European Union Documents No. 15812/16, a Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the use of the Schengen Information System for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals, and No. 15814/16, a Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment, operation and use of the Schengen Information System (SIS) in the field of police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, amending Regulation (EU) No. 515/2014 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1986/2006, Council Decision 2007/533/JHA and Commission Decision 2010/261/EU.

 

 

Prepared 19 December 2017