Business for Wednesday 22 April 2020

SUMMARY AGENDA: CHAMBER

Notes:

*Hybrid scrutiny proceedings

Business Today: Chamber 

Hybrid scrutiny proceedings will commence after Prayers

11.30am Prayers

Followed by

QUESTIONS 

1. Wales

2. Prime Minister

The call list for Members participating is available on the House of Commons business papers pages

STATEMENTS 

Ministerial Statements, including on Covid-19 response

The call list for Members participating is available on the House of Commons business papers pages

Notes:

Hybrid scrutiny proceedings will conclude after Ministerial statements.

BUSINESS OF THE DAY 

1. Public Advocate: Ten Minute Rule Motion

Up to 20 minutes (Standing Order No. 23)

Maria Eagle

That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish a public advocate to provide advice to, and act as data controller for, representatives of the deceased after major incidents.

Notes:

The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to 10 minutes.

2. SELECT COMMITTEE CHAIR BY-ELECTION

Until 7.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(3))

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

That:

(1) In the case of a ballot for a select committee chair vacancy to which the provisions of Standing Orders Nos. 122B and 122C apply, the following provisions shall apply for the duration of this order:

(a) Nomination forms may be submitted electronically.

(b) All references to signing and signatures in Standing Order No. 122B shall be taken to include an electronic copy of a handwritten signature, or such other arrangements as the Speaker may specify.

(c) The period within which nominations may be received, the date and times at which the ballot shall be held and any other arrangements made under sub-paragraph (d) below shall be announced by the Speaker not less than two working days before the time at which nominations may first be received.

(d) The ballot shall be held in accordance with the provisions of sub-paragraphs 11 (a) and (d) of Standing Order No 122B and such other arrangements as the Speaker shall direct the Clerk of the House to make.

(2) This order expires on 30 June 2020.

3. BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE (PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS)

No debate after 7.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(6))

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

That:

(1) the Resolution of the House of 16 January 2020 (Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills)), as amended by the Order of the House of 25 March 2020 (Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills)), is further amended as follows:

(a) leave out “24 April 2020,”; and

(b) leave out “ and 5 February 2021” and insert “, 5 February 2021 and 5 March 2021”.

(2) the Orders for Second Reading of Bills on each of the days listed under Day 1 in the table below are read and discharged;

(3) each such Bill is ordered to be read a second time on the corresponding day listed under Day 2 in the table; and

(4) those Bills are set down to be read a second time on the appropriate Day 2 in the order in which they were set down to be read a second time on the corresponding Day 1.

Day 1

Day 2

24 April 2020

15 May 2020

15 May 2020

12 June 2020

12 June 2020

26 June 2020

26 June 2020

10 July 2020

10 July 2020

11 September 2020

11 September 2020

16 October 2020

16 October 2020

30 October 2020

30 October 2020

27 November 2020

27 November 2020

15 January 2021

15 January 2021

29 January 2021

29 January 2021

5 February 2021

5 February 2021

5 March 2021

4. MEDICINES AND MEDICAL DEVICES BILL: PROGRAMME (NO. 2)

No debate (Standing Order No. 83A(5))

Secretary Matt Hancock

That the Order of 2 March (Medicines and Medical Devices Bill: Programme) be varied as follows:

In paragraph (2) of the Order (conclusion of proceedings in Public Bill Committee) for “Thursday 23 April” substitute “Thursday 11 June”.

5. HYBRID SUBSTANTIVE PROCEEDINGS

No debate after 7.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(6))

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

That the following orders be made and have effect until 12 May:

Hybrid proceedings

(1) The House shall sit at 2.30pm on Mondays and 11.30am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and on each day the business of the House shall comprise only hybrid proceedings.

(2) Hybrid proceedings comprise:

(a) scrutiny proceedings; and

(b) substantive proceedings.

(3) Members may participate in hybrid proceedings virtually, by electronic means approved by the Speaker, or by attending in the Chamber. The Speaker may limit the number of Members present in the Chamber at any one time.

(4) For the purposes of hybrid proceedings, Members shall give notice by electronic means designated by the Speaker.

(5) At the conclusion of scrutiny and substantive proceedings, the Speaker shall adjourn the House without question put.

Substantive proceedings

(1) Substantive proceedings comprise:

(a) motions in the name of a minister of the crown;

(b) presentation of bills;

(c) subsequent proceedings on public bills introduced by a minister of the crown;

(d) private business;

(e) ministerial statements made with the permission of the Speaker;

(f) personal statements;

(g) motions in the name of the chair or another member of the Committee of Selection;

(h) business which would otherwise be taken

(i) immediately after prayers (except motions for unopposed returns); or

(ii) at the commencement of public business.

(2) The question on any motion made by a minister of the crown to add one or more categories of business to the list in paragraph (1) shall be put forthwith.

(3) Except as provided in these orders, substantive hybrid proceedings shall be governed by the practice and standing orders of the House.

(4) If, on any day on which hybrid substantive proceedings are to be taken, a motion of which notice has been given relating to the allocation of time to, and the conduct of, business for that day, in the names of a minister of the crown, a Member representing the official opposition and a Member representing the second largest opposition party, is moved at the commencement of public business by a minister of the crown, the Speaker shall declare the question to be agreed to.

(5) A motion under paragraph (4) may include provision (a) to make designations under paragraph (1) of temporary standing order (remote voting) and (b) to amend the arrangements for remote voting under temporary standing order (Conduct of remote divisions).

(6) Rules relating to the giving and receiving of notices of motions and to the periods of notice required for different categories shall apply as if:

(a) Thursdays were a sitting day on which the House rose at 5pm;

(b) the House rose no earlier than 7.00 pm on Mondays and 6.00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

(7) Save as provided in paragraph (6) notice periods in respect of all substantive proceedings shall be set by the Speaker.

Presentation of bills

(1) A public bill, of whose presentation notice has been given and whose title has been read by the Clerk, shall be deemed to have been read the first time and to have been ordered to have been read a second time on such day as the Member in whose name the notice stands shall have appointed and shall be ordered to be printed.

Supplementary provisions

(1) Standing Orders Nos 7, 8, 9, 23, paragraph (5) of Standing Order No 47 and Standing Orders Nos 83J to 83X shall not have effect.

(2) In any case where the Speaker has ordered the withdrawal of a Member, or of several Members, under Standing Order No 43 and is required to direct the Serjeant at Arms to give effect to the order, the Member or Members shall be suspended from the service of the House for the following sitting day.

(3) No motion to sit in private may be made during hybrid proceedings.

(4) The Speaker may make such alterations to the practices of the House regarding the conduct of debate as are appropriate to facilitate the effective conduct of hybrid proceedings.

(5) The Speaker may amend any provision of the temporary standing orders relating to hybrid proceedings, if he determines it is necessary to do so in order to ensure that the conduct of business is consistent with the Resolution of the House (Proceedings during the pandemic) of 21 April.

(6) Before exercising his power under paragraph (5), the Speaker shall satisfy himself that he has the agreement of the Leader of the House.

Consequential amendments

That the following amendments be made to the orders of 21 April (Hybrid scrutiny proceedings):

(1) In Order A (scrutiny proceedings), leave out paragraphs (1), (6) and (7);

(2) In Order C (supplementary provisions):

(a) In paragraph (3), leave out ‘Nos 7, 8 and’ and insert ‘No’;

(b) Leave out paragraphs (4), (5), (6) and (7).

Notes:

An Explanatory Note is available on the House of Commons Business Pages

6. REMOTE VOTING

No debate after 7.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(6))

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

That the following orders be made and have effect until 12 May:

Remote divisions

(1) A remote division may be held only in respect of business taken in hybrid substantive proceedings.

(2) With the leave of the Speaker, the Member in charge of an item of business may designate it as subject to decision by a remote division and if so whether that divisions should be a deferred remote division.

(3) The Speaker shall determine whether a remote division is required and may announce that determination before putting the question.

(4) Standing Orders Nos 38, 40 and 41A (save as provided in temporary standing order (Conduct of remote divisions)) shall not apply to proceedings relating to remote divisions.

(5) If, when the question is put on an item of business which has not been designated to be decided by a remote division, the Speaker’s opinion as to the decision on the question is challenged, the question shall not be decided and the House shall move to the next business.

Conduct of remote divisions

(1) Members shall participate in a remote division or a remote deferred division through arrangements authorised by the Speaker.

(2) A remote division shall be initiated when the Speaker puts the question and announces that it will be decided by a remote division.

(3) No tellers shall be appointed for a remote division.

(4) Members may record their vote in a remote division for a period of fifteen minutes from its initiation.

(5) The Speaker may interrupt and suspend a remote division if notified of a technical problem.

(6) The result of a remote division shall be declared from the Chair.

(7) The House may proceed to its next business before the result of a remote division is declared and the Speaker may interrupt subsequent proceedings in order to announce the result.

(8) A remote deferred division shall be held in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (5) of Standing Order No 41A and this order.

If, after the result of a remote division or a remote deferred division has been announced, it is reported to the Speaker that problems in the conduct of the division occurred which might have affected the result, the Speaker may declare the division to be null and void and may make arrangements for it to be re-run.

Amendment (a)

Karen Bradley

Suzanne Webb

Gary Sambrook

Rob Roberts

James Sunderland

Anthony Mangnall

In the order on Remote divisions, paragraph 5, at end insert:

"6) paragraphs (1) to (4) of this Order shall not have effect until the Speaker takes the Chair on the sitting day after the Chair of the Procedure Committee shall have reported to the House a resolution of that Committee that

(a) it is expedient to use remote divisions during the period for which this Order has effect and

(b) the arrangements authorised by the Speaker are appropriate to be used in remote divisions and remote deferred divisions.”

Written Statements 

STATEMENTS TO BE MADE TODAY 

The Chancellor of the Exchequer

1.Temporary changes to pensions tax in the context of abatement for returning workers

Secretary of State for the Home Department

2.Right to Rent Scheme

Notes:

Texts of Written Statements are available from the Vote Office and on the internet at http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statements/.

Committees Meeting Today 

Broadcasts of proceedings can be found at https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Commons

Select Committees 

Education Committee

Subject: The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services

Witnesses: 9.30am: Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Department for Education

Virtual meeting
9.00am (private), 9.30am (public)

Women and Equalities Committee

Subject: Unequal impact: Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on people with protected characteristics

Witnesses: 9.30am: The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Minister for Women and Equalities, Government Equalities Office

Virtual meeting
9.00am (private), 9.30am (public)

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Virtual meeting
9.30am (private)

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Virtual meeting
9.30am (private)

Environmental Audit Committee

Virtual meeting
10.20am (private)

Defence Committee

Subject: Introductory Session with the Defence Secretary

Witnesses: 2.30pm: Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence, Lieutenant General James Swift OBE, Chief of Defence People, Air Marshal Richard Knighton CB, DCDS (Military Capability), and Paul Vincent Devine, Director of Security and Resilience, Ministry of Defence

Virtual meeting
2.00pm (private), 2.30pm (public)

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Subject: The work of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Witnesses: 2.30pm: Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Secretary of State, and Sarah Healey, Permanent Secretary, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Virtual meeting
2.00pm (private), 2.30pm (public)

Environmental Audit Committee

Virtual meeting
2.00pm (private)

Procedure Committee

Room 6
2.30pm (private)

Public Accounts Committee

Virtual meeting
2.30pm (private)

Backbench Business Committee

Virtual Meeting
3.00pm (private)