House of Commons

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday
26 April 2018

No. 128

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: Home Office removal targets (Secretary Amber Rudd)

3Business Question (Leader of the House)

4Statements: (1) Artificial intelligence sector deal (Margot James)

(2) Stamp Duty Land Tax (Mel Stride)

5Backbench Business

Customs and borders

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House notes that the EU is the UK’s largest export market for goods, accounting for a total of £145bn of exports and £241bn of imports in 2016; further notes the Government’s expressed aim to secure the freest and most frictionless possible trade in goods between the UK and the EU after 29 March 2019; notes the importance of frictionless trade without tariffs, customs or border checks for manufacturers and businesses across the country who trade with the EU; further notes that the free circulation of goods on the island of Ireland is a consequence of the UK’s and Republic of Ireland’s membership of the EU Customs Union; in addition notes the Government’s commitment to (i), in the UK-EU joint report on progress during phase 1 of the Article 50 negotiations, the maintenance of North-South cooperation and the all-island economy on the island of Ireland, (ii) the Belfast Agreement implemented in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 remaining a fundamental principle of public policy and (iii) the continuation of unfettered access for Northern Ireland's businesses to the whole of the UK internal market; and therefore calls on the Government to include as an objective in negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU the establishment of an effective customs union between the two territories.—(Yvette Cooper.)

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

Resolved, That this House notes that the EU is the UK’s largest export market for goods, accounting for a total of £145bn of exports and £241bn of imports in 2016; further notes the Government’s expressed aim to secure the freest and most frictionless possible trade in goods between the UK and the EU after 29 March 2019; notes the importance of frictionless trade without tariffs, customs or border checks for manufacturers and businesses across the country who trade with the EU; further notes that the free circulation of goods on the island of Ireland is a consequence of the UK’s and Republic of Ireland’s membership of the EU Customs Union; in addition notes the Government’s commitment to (i), in the UK-EU joint report on progress during phase 1 of the Article 50 negotiations, the maintenance of North-South cooperation and the all-island economy on the island of Ireland, (ii) the Belfast Agreement implemented in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 remaining a fundamental principle of public policy and (iii) the continuation of unfettered access for Northern Ireland's businesses to the whole of the UK internal market; and therefore calls on the Government to include as an objective in negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU the establishment of an effective customs union between the two territories.

6Public petitions

A public petition from residents of Na h-Eileanan an Iar relating to the Royal Bank of Scotland closure on the Isle of Barra was presented and read by Angus Brendan MacNeil.

7Adjournment

Subject: Early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer (James Brokenshire)

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mike Freer.

Adjourned at 5.34 pm until tomorrow.

Other Proceedings

Changes to Notices Given

8Clean Air Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 27 April, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 11 May.

9Terms of Withdrawal from EU (Referendum) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 27 April, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 11 May.

10Service Animals (Offences) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 27 April, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 15 June.

11Supervised Drug Consumption Facilities Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 27 April, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 11 May.

General Committees: Reports

12European Committee A in respect of Council Decision 2017/971 of 8 June 2017 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), Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/610 on a European Union CSDP military training mission in the Central African Republic; European Union Documents No. 14866/17 Council Decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and determining the list of participating Member States, Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/340 of 6 March 2018 establishing the list of projects to be developed under PESCO, and Council Recommendation of 8 March 2018 concerning a roadmap for the implementation of PESCO

Mr Peter Bone (Chair) reported the following resolution:

That the Committee takes note of Council Decision 2017/971 of 8 June 2017 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, and (CFSP) 2016/610 on a European Union CSDP military training mission in the Central African Republic; further takes note of European Union Documents No. 14866/17 Council Decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and determining the list of participating Member States; further takes note of Council Recommendation of 6 March 2018 concerning a roadmap for the implementation of PESCO and Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/340 of 6 March 2018 establishing the list of projects to be developed under PESCO; and agrees with the Government’s conclusion that PESCO must be designed in a way that strengthens the relationship with NATO and promotes an open and competitive European defence industry.

13Ninth Delegated Legislation Committee

Mark Pritchard (Chair) reported the draft First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Composition of Tribunal) (Amendment) Order 2018.

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).

14First Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Licensing Act 2003 (Royal Wedding Licensing Hours) Order 2018)

Members: Ben Bradley discharged and Gillian Keegan nominated in substitution.

15Second Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Mandatory Use of Closed Circuit Television in Slaughterhouses (England) Regulations 2018)

Members: Mr David Jones discharged and Michelle Donelan nominated in substitution.

16Third Delegated Legislation Committee (draft West Suffolk (Local Government Changes) Order 2018 and the draft West Suffolk (Modification of Boundary Change Enactments) Regulations 2018)

Members: Steve Double discharged and Derek Thomas nominated in substitution.

17Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee (Landfill Tax (Disposals of Material) Order 2018 (S.I., 2018, No. 442))

Members: Anneliese Dodds discharged and Jonathan Reynolds nominated in substitution.

Reports from Select Committees

18Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

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

19Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

Correspondence with the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas: Written evidence, to be published (Ms Harriet Harman).

John Bercow

Speaker

Westminster Hall

The sitting began at 1.30 pm.

Business determined by the Backbench Business Committee (Standing Orders Nos. 10(7) and 14(4))

1Financial services and the impact on the UK economy

Resolved, That this House has considered the financial services and the impact on the UK economy.—(Vicky Ford.)

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

Adjourned at 3.26 pm until Monday 30 April.

Lindsay Hoyle

Chairman of Ways and Means

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

1Consumer Protection

Draft Breaching of Limits on Ticket Sales Regulations 2018 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

2European Union No. 5 (2018)

Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement, done at Brussels on 24 November 2017, between the European Union and European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Armenia, of the other part (Volumes I and II), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Cm. 9588) (Secretary Boris Johnson)

3Health Care and Associated Professions

General Osteopathic Council (Continuing Professional Development) (Amendment) Rules Order of Council 2018 (S.I., 2018, No. 513), dated 18 April 2018 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Jeremy Hunt)

4Ministers of the Crown

Transfer of Functions (Digital Government) Order 2018 (S.I., 2018, No. 526), dated 24 April 2018 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr David Lidington)

5Water Resources

Bathing Water (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2018 (S.I., 2018, No. 527), dated 23 April 2018 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Michael Gove)

Other papers

6Armed Forces

Report of the Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces for 2017 (by Act) (Secretary Gavin Williamson )

7Scotland

(1) Memorandum to the Scottish Affairs Committee on Post-Legislative Assessment of the Scotland Act 2012 (by Act) (Cm. 9604) (Secretary David Mundell)

(2) Sixth Report by the Scottish Government on the Implementation and Operation of Part 3 (Financial Provisions) of the Scotland Act 2012 and Second Report by the Scottish Government on the Implementation of the Scotland Act 2016 (by Act) (Secretary David Mundell)

(3) Sixth Report by the Secretary of State for Scotland on the Implementation and Operation of Part 3 (Financial Provisions) of the Scotland Act 2012 and Second Report by the Secretary of State for Scotland on the Implementation of the Scotland Act 2016 (by Act) (Secretary David Mundell)

8Treasury

HM Treasury Minute, dated 26 April 2018, concerning a contingent liability relating to the sale of Bradford and Bingley Loans (by Command) (John Glen)

CORRECTION

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Item 32, Regulatory Reform Committee, should have appeared as follows:

Draft Legislative Reform (Regulator of Social Housing) (England) Order 2018 and draft Legislative Reform (Constitution of the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) Order 2018: Second Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 944), and including the following recommendations:

(1) That the affirmative procedure should apply to the draft Legislative Reform (Regulator of Social Housing) (England) Order 2018, which was laid before this House on 28 February 2018.

(2) That the draft Legislative Reform (Regulator of Social Housing) (England) Order 2018, which was laid before this House on 28 February 2018, should be approved.

(3) That the affirmative procedure should apply to the draft Legislative Reform (Constitution of the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) Order 2018, which was laid before this House on 1 March 2018.

(4) That the draft Legislative Reform (Constitution of the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) Order 2018, which was laid before this House on 1 March 2018, should be approved.

These recommendations were agreed without a division.

(Stephen McPartland).

 

 

Prepared 26 April 2018