House of Commons

Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 1 May 2019

No. 294

Corrected 2 August 2019

The House met at 11.30 am.

Prayers

1Questions to (1) the Secretary of State for International Development

(2) the Prime Minister

2Statement: British steel: EU emissions trading compliance (Secretary Greg Clark) 

3Wild Animals in Circuses (No. 2) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Secretary Michael Gove, supported by the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Leader of the House and David Rutley, presented a Bill to make provision to prohibit the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

Bill read the first time; to be read on Tuesday 7 May, and to be printed (Bill 385) with Explanatory Notes (Bill 385–EN).

4Police Officer Training (Autism Awareness): Motion for leave to bring in a Bill (Standing Order No. 23)

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require police forces to train police officers in autism awareness; and for connected purposes;

That Ann Clwyd, Tonia Antoniazzi, Kevin Brennan, Dr David Drew, Dame Cheryl Gillan, Susan Elan Jones, Jeremy Lefroy, Ian Murray, Sir Mike Penning, Jim Shannon, Nick Smith, Tom Tugendhat present the Bill.

Ann Clwyd accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 386).

5Opposition Day: Leader of the Opposition (19th allotted day (Standing Order No. 14))

Environment and climate change

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House declares an environment and climate emergency following the finding of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change that to avoid a more than 1.5°C rise in global warming, global emissions would need to fall by around 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero by around 2050; recognises the devastating impact that volatile and extreme weather will have on UK food production, water availability, public health and through flooding and wildfire damage; notes that the UK is currently missing almost all of its biodiversity targets, with an alarming trend in species decline, and that cuts of 50 per cent to the funding of Natural England are counterproductive to tackling those problems; calls on the Government to increase the ambition of the UK’s climate change targets under the Climate Change Act 2008 to achieve net zero emissions before 2050, to increase support for and set ambitious, short-term targets for the roll-out of renewable and low carbon energy and transport, and to move swiftly to capture economic opportunities and green jobs in the low carbon economy while managing risks for workers and communities currently reliant on carbon intensive sectors; and further calls on the Government to lay before the House within the next six months urgent proposals to restore the UK’s natural environment and to deliver a circular, zero waste economy.—(Jeremy Corbyn.)

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

6Speaker’s Statement: Recall petition outcome: Member for Peterborough

7Opposition Day: Leader of the Opposition (19th allotted day (Standing Order No. 14)) (resumed)

Question again proposed.

Mr Nicholas Brown claimed to move the closure (Standing Order No. 36).

Question put, That the Question be now put.

Question agreed to.

Main Question put and agreed to.

Resolved, That this House declares an environment and climate emergency following the finding of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change that to avoid a more than 1.5°C rise in global warming, global emissions would need to fall by around 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero by around 2050; recognises the devastating impact that volatile and extreme weather will have on UK food production, water availability, public health and through flooding and wildfire damage; notes that the UK is currently missing almost all of its biodiversity targets, with an alarming trend in species decline, and that cuts of 50 per cent to the funding of Natural England are counterproductive to tackling those problems; calls on the Government to increase the ambition of the UK’s climate change targets under the Climate Change Act 2008 to achieve net zero emissions before 2050, to increase support for and set ambitious, short-term targets for the roll-out of renewable and low carbon energy and transport, and to move swiftly to capture economic opportunities and green jobs in the low carbon economy while managing risks for workers and communities currently reliant on carbon intensive sectors; and further calls on the Government to lay before the House within the next six months urgent proposals to restore the UK’s natural environment and to deliver a circular, zero waste economy.

8Adjournment

Subject: Children's funeral fund (Carolyn Harris)

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Wendy Morton.

Adjourned at 7.30 pm until tomorrow.

Other Proceedings

General Committees: Reports

9First Delegated Legislation Committee

Philip Davies (Chair) reported the Higher Education (Registration Fees) (England) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 543).

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 (Higher Education (Registration Fees) (England) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 543))

Members: Colleen Fletcher, Marie Rimmer and Alec Shelbrooke discharged and Mark Garnier, Mary Glindon and Liz Twist nominated in substitution.

11First Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Buckinghamshire (Structural Changes) Order 2019)

(1) Chair: Siobhain McDonagh 

(2) Members: Peter Aldous, Bob Blackman, Chris Bryant, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Julie Elliott, Chris Elmore, Mark Garnier, Luke Graham, Sir Mark Hendrick, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Gillian Keegan, Ian C. Lucas, Jim McMahon, Stephen Morgan, Jeremy Quin, Lee Rowley and Rishi Sunak

12Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Common Agricultural Policy and Market Measures (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 812))

(1) Chair: Sir Henry Bellingham 

(2) Members: Mr Richard Bacon, Margaret Beckett, Rehman Chishti, John Cryer, Thangam Debbonaire, Dr David Drew, Hugh Gaffney, Mr Robert Goodwill, Bill Grant, Kate Green, Andrea Jenkyns, Mr David Jones, Craig Mackinlay, Brendan O’Hara, Jess Phillips, Mr Bob Seely and Iain Stewart

13Third Delegated Legislation Committee (Railways (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 826), the Railways (Safety Management) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 825) and the Rail Safety (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 837))

(1) Chair: Ms Karen Buck 

(2) Members: Debbie Abrahams, Rushanara Ali, Sir Paul Beresford, Ben Bradley, Ronnie Cowan, Michelle Donelan, Mr Philip Dunne, Vicky Foxcroft, Trudy Harrison, Dr Rupa Huq, Andrew Jones, Susan Elan Jones, Sir Patrick McLoughlin, John Mann, Rachael Maskell, Anne Marie Morris and Andrew Percy

14Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Higher Education (Monetary Penalties and Refusal to Renew an Access and Participation Plan) (England) Regulations 2019)

(1) Chair: Stewart Hosie 

(2) Members: Jack Brereton, Richard Burden, Colleen Fletcher, Caroline Flint, Sir John Hayes, Sir Oliver Heald, Joseph Johnson, Stephen Kinnock, Mr Jonathan Lord, Gordon Marsden, Amanda Milling, Emma Reynolds, Chris Skidmore, Royston Smith, Gareth Snell, Helen Whately and Daniel Zeichner

15Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee (Architects Act 1997 (Swiss Qualifications) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 810))

(1) Chair: Philip Davies 

(2) Members: Mhairi Black, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, Stella Creasy, Tracey Crouch, Steve Double, Luke Graham, Ged Killen, Kit Malthouse, Stephen Morgan, Lisa Nandy, Toby Perkins, Rebecca Pow, Mr Mark Prisk, Jeremy Quin, Grant Shapps, Liz Twist and Mr William Wragg

16Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee (Value Added Tax (Tour Operators) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 73))

(1) Chair: Sir Henry Bellingham 

(2) Members: Fiona Bruce, Sarah Champion, Martyn Day, Anneliese Dodds, John Grogan, Greg Hands, Chris Heaton-Harris, Andrew Lewer, Huw Merriman, Amanda Milling, Teresa Pearce, Tom Pursglove, Mr Barry Sheerman, Jeff Smith, Mel Stride, David Warburton and Dr Paul Williams

Reports from Select Committees

17Administration Committee

Record of the Committee’s discussions at its meeting on 1 May to be published (Sir Paul Beresford).

18Education Committee

Opportunity areas: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 2026) (Robert Halfon).

19European Scrutiny Committee

(1) Sixty-fourth Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 301-lxii);

(2) Ministerial correspondence: Written evidence, to be published (HC 301)

(Sir William Cash).

20Exiting the European Union (Committee on) 

The progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 372) (Hilary Benn).

21Health and Social Care Committee

NHS long term plan: legislative proposals: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 2000) (Dr Sarah Wollaston).

22High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (Select Committee on)

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 927) (James Duddridge).

23Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

(1) Democracy, free speech and freedom of association: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1890);

(2) Correspondence with the Minister for Women and Equalities relating to caste discrimination in the UK: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Youth detention: solitary confinement and restraint: Written evidence, to be published (HC 994)

(Ms Harriet Harman).

24International Trade Committee

(1) UK investment policy: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 998);

(2) Correspondence with the European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom’s Exit from the European Union relating to meeting with the Committee: Written evidence, to be published

(Angus Brendan MacNeil).

25Liaison Committee

(1) Evidence from the Prime Minister: Brexit: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 2135);

(2) The effectiveness and influence of the select committee system: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1860)

(Dr Sarah Wollaston).

26Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

(1) Tourism in Northern Ireland: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 2014);

(2) Support for UK Victims of IRA attacks that used Gaddafi-supplied Semtex and weapons: follow-up: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1723)

(Dr Andrew Murrison).

27Public Accounts (Committee of)

(1) Accessing public services through the Government’s verify digital system:

(i) Ninety-fifth Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 1748);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC 1748)

(2) Adult health screening:

(i) Ninety-sixth Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 1746);

        (ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC 1746);

(3) Submarine defueling and dismantling: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 2041)

(Meg Hillier).

28Scottish Affairs Committee

Access to financial services: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1996) (Pete Wishart).

29Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee on)

Fifty-seventh Report, to be printed (HC 542-lvii) (Jessica Morden).

30Transport Committee

(1) Active travel: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1487);

(2) Correspondence with the Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency relating to drivers with autism spectrum disorder: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence with the Permanent Secretary relating to the Department’s Supplementary Estimate 2018–19: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Pavement parking: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1982);

(5) Road safety: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1980)

(Lilian Greenwood).

31Treasury Committee

The work of the Court of the Bank of England: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 2085) (Nicky Morgan).

32Women and Equalities Committee

(1) Health and social care and LGBT communities: Oral evidence to be published (HC 1492);

(2) Correspondence relating to the Committee’s submission to the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy’s consultation, Pregnancy and maternity discrimination: extending redundancy protection for women and new parents: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) The use of non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1720)

(Mrs Maria Miller).

33Work and Pensions Committee

(1) Universal Credit: natural migration: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 1884);

(2) Defined benefit pension schemes: Written evidence, to be published (HC 579);

(3) No DSS: discrimination against benefit claimants in the housing sector: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1995);

(4) Pension freedom and choice: Written evidence, to be published (HC 404);

(5) Universal Credit: Written evidence, to be published (HC 336);

(6) Universal Credit: in-work progression: Written evidence, to be published (HC 2024)

(Frank Field).

Notification under the Recall of MPs Act 2015

34Recall petition: outcome

Text of the notification received by the Speaker:


Recall Petition 2019                 Public Notice of Outcome of Petition

                              

Petition to Remove the MP for Peterborough, Fiona Onasanya

Petition signing period                           Tuesday, 19 March 2019 to 01 May 2019

Constituency                                            Peterborough

Recall condition            The relevant recall condition was due to Fiona Onasanya MP being convicted of perverting
the course of justice and sentenced to be
imprisoned for 3 months and no appeal being
upheld (as per section 1(3) of the Recall of MPs
Act 2015).

Petition successful                                                        Yes

Number of electors eligible to sign the petition 69673

Number of electors who validly signed the petition 19261

Percentage of electors who validly signed the petition    27.64%

Number of rejected signing sheets due to                       62

No official mark                                                          0

Unmarked or void for uncertainty                                 62

Total number of rejected signing sheets                         62

                                  

Name: Gillian Beasley (Petition Officer)

Date: 01 May 2019

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))

1District council finances

Resolved, That this House has considered district council finances.—(Mark Pawsey.)

The sitting was suspended between 10.38 am and 11.00 am.

2Effect on landowners of the proposed England Coastal Path

Resolved, That this House has considered the effect on landowners of the proposed England Coastal Path.—(Gordon Henderson.)

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

3Facial recognition and the biometrics strategy

Resolved, That this House has considered facial recognition and the biometrics strategy.—(Darren Jones.)

4Contribution of the Jain community to the UK

Resolved, That this House has considered the contribution of the Jain community to the UK.—(Gareth Thomas.)

5Future international trade opportunities for the UK

Resolved, That this House has considered future international trade opportunities for the UK.—(Craig Tracey.)

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

Adjourned at 5.30 pm until tomorrow.

Lindsay Hoyle

Chairman of Ways and Means

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

1County Court

County Courts (Interest on Judgment Debts) (Amendment) Order 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 903), dated 24 April 2109 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary David Gauke)

2Income Tax

Income Tax (Qualifying Child Care) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 902), dated 29 April 2019 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mel Stride)

Other papers

3Education

Explanatory Memorandum to the Higher Education (Registration Fees) (England) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 543) (by Command) (Chris Skidmore)

4National Audit

(1) Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Cabinet Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and HM Treasury: Investigation into the government's land disposal strategy and programmes (by Act), to be printed (HC 2138) (Clerk of the House)

(2) Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Department for Transport: Completing Crossrail (by Act), to be printed (HC 2106) (Clerk of the House)

(3) Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Network Rail, Department for Transport and HM Treasury: Network Rail's sale of railway arches (by Act), to be printed (HC 2137) (Clerk of the House)

Withdrawn papers

5Education

Explanatory Memorandum to the Higher Education (Registration Fees) (England) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 543) (by Command) (laid 12 March)

 

Prepared 1 May 2019