Business for Tuesday 02 June 2020

SUMMARY AGENDA: CHAMBER

Business Today: Chamber 

11.30am Prayers

Followed by

URGENT QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS 

Ministerial Statements including on Hong Kong National Security Legislation and UK response by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; and Covid-19 response by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

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

BUSINESS OF THE DAY 

1. BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE (TODAY)

Until any hour (if the 7.00pm Business of the House motion is agreed to)

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

That, at this day’s sitting the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on (1) the Motion in the name of Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg relating to proceedings during the pandemic not later than 90 minutes after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order, and (2) the second reading of the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill not later than 8.00 pm; such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; proceedings relating to the motion on proceedings during the pandemic and the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill may continue, though opposed, after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.

The call list for Members participating will be made available on the House of Commons business papers pages.

BUSINESS TO BE TAKEN AT 7.00PM 

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

No debate (Standing Orders No. 15 and No. 41A(3))

The Prime Minister

That, at this day’s sitting, the motion in the name of Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg relating to Business of the House (Today), may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) will not apply.

BUSINESS OF THE DAY 

2. PROCEEDINGS DURING THE PANDEMIC (NO. 2)

Up to 90 minutes after commencement of proceedings on the Business of the House (Today) motion, (if that motion is agreed to)

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

That the resolution of the House of 21 April (Proceedings during the pandemic) be rescinded and the following orders be made and have effect until 7 July 2020:

(1) That the following order have effect in place of Standing Order No. 38 (Procedure on divisions):

(a) If the opinion of the Speaker or the chair as to the decision on a question is challenged, the Speaker or the chair shall declare that a division shall be held.

(b) Divisions shall be conducted under arrangements made by the Speaker provided that:

(i) Members may only participate physically within the Parliamentary estate; and

(ii) the arrangements adhere to the guidance issued by Public Health England.

(2) Standing Order No. 40 (Division unnecessarily claimed) shall not apply.

(3) In Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions):

(a) At the end of paragraph (5)(a), insert “, provided that (i) Members may only participate physically within the Parliamentary estate; and (ii) the arrangements adhere to the guidance issued by Public Health England”.

(b) In paragraph (5)(b) delete “two and a half hours” and insert “at least two and a half hours”.

(c) In paragraph (5)(c) delete “after the expiry of the period mentioned in sub-paragraph (b) above”.

(4) The Speaker or chair may limit the number of Members present in the Chamber at any one time and Standing Orders Nos. 7 (Seats not to be taken before prayers) and 8 (Seats secured at prayers) shall not apply.

(5) Standing Orders Nos. 83J to 83X (Certification according to territorial application etc) shall not apply.

Amendment (a)

Valerie Vaz

Tommy Sheppard

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Liz Saville Roberts

Colum Eastwood

Caroline Lucas

Stephen FarryPatrick GradyMr Nicholas Brown

Leave out from “That” in line 1 to end of line 19 and insert:

“(1) until the Speaker states that the ordinary conduct of divisions and deferred divisions is consistent with relevant public health guidance and advice and with the legal duties of the House of Commons Commission and the Corporate Officer or the House otherwise orders–

1. Standing Orders Nos. 38, 40 and 41A (save as provided for in the temporary order of 22 April (Conduct of remote divisions)) shall not have effect;

2. if the opinion of the Speaker or the chair as to the decision of a question is challenged, they shall direct that a remote division or, as the case may be, a remote deferred division, take place;

3. the temporary order of 22 April (Conduct of remote divisions) shall have effect;

(2) this House requires a Minister of the Crown, no later than Monday 8 June, to move a motion proposing arrangements for virtual participation by hon. Members unable to attend at Westminster for medical or public health reasons related to the pandemic.”.

Amendment (b)

Karen Bradley

Chris Elmore

Julian Knight

Caroline Nokes

Ms Harriet Harman

Nigel Mills

Yvette CooperMr Tobias EllwoodSimon HoareChris BryantRobert HalfonStephen TimmsDarren JonesHilary BennIan MearnsSir Robert NeillSarah ChampionCatherine McKinnellOwen ThompsonKirsty BlackmanLiz Twist

Line 2, leave out from “be” to end and add:

“amended as provided in paragraph (1) below, and that the order in paragraph (2) be made:

(1) in the resolution of 21 April 2020, leave out from “proceedings” in line 4 to end and add “by Members prevented from attending the House in person by the conditions arising from the pandemic; to continued support of the digital capacity of those proceedings to ensure the participation of such Members, and to facilitating the staff of the House and of the Parliamentary Digital Service who support it in the discharge of its responsibilities to work from home wherever possible in line with continuing public health guidance.”;

(2) That the following order (Participation in proceedings) be made and have effect from the hour the House sits tomorrow until 7 July 2020:

Participation in proceedings

(1) The Speaker may limit the number of Members present in the Chamber at any one time.

(2) Standing Order No. 7 (Seats not to be taken before prayers), No. 8 (Seats secured at prayers) and Nos. Standing Orders Nos. 83J to 83X shall not have effect.

(3) Members prevented from attending the House in person by the conditions arising from the pandemic may participate virtually, by electronic means approved by the Speaker and subject to such rules as the Speaker may determine.

(4) The provisions of Standing Orders No. 6 (Time for taking the oath), No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills etc), No. 57 (Presentation and first reading of public bills) and No. 154 (Time and manner of presenting petitions) shall have effect so far as the Speaker determines them to be consistent with the relevant public health guidance; and the Speaker may order the practice of the House in respect of those orders to be varied to ensure compliance with the relevant guidance.

(5) Standing Order No. 24 (1) (Emergency debates) shall have effect with the omission of the words “the assent of not fewer than forty Members who shall thereupon rise in their places to support the motion, or, if fewer than forty Members and not fewer than ten shall thereupon rise in their places”.

(6) For the period that this order has effect, the Speaker may amend any provision of this order and of any order or standing order of the House, 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, as amended.

(7) Any amendment so made by the Speaker shall take effect, unless otherwise provided by the Speaker, as soon as it is published; shall, if not otherwise announced to the House, be so announced at the start of the first sitting after it has taken effect, and shall be printed as a memorandum in the Votes and Proceedings for that day; and shall cease in effect not later than the end of the period this order has effect.

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

Amendment (c)

Karen Bradley

Chris Elmore

Julian Knight

Caroline Nokes

Ms Harriet Harman

Nigel Mills

Yvette CooperMr Tobias EllwoodSimon HoareChris BryantRobert HalfonStephen TimmsDarren JonesHilary BennIan MearnsSir Robert NeillSarah ChampionCatherine McKinnellOwen ThompsonKirsty BlackmanLiz Twist

At end add:

“( ) That the following order (Conduct of divisions) be made and have effect either until the Speaker states that the ordinary conduct of divisions and deferred divisions is consistent with relevant public health guidance and advice and with the legal duties of the House of Commons Commission and the Corporate Officer, or until the House otherwise orders:

Conduct of divisions

(1) Standing Orders Nos. 38, 40 and 41A (save as provided for in the temporary order of 22 April (Conduct of remote divisions)) shall not have effect;

(2) If the opinion of the Speaker or the chair as to the decision of a question is challenged, they shall direct that a remote division or, as the case may be, a remote deferred division, take place; and in determining whether their opinion has been challenged the Speaker or the chair may take into account any representations made on the decision of the question by Members who have satisfied the Speaker that they are eligible to participate virtually in the sitting during which the question is put.

(3) Paragraph 1 and paragraphs 3 to 9 of the temporary order of 22 April (Conduct of remote divisions) shall have effect.”.

Amendment (d)

Karen Bradley

Chris Elmore

Julian Knight

Caroline Nokes

Ms Harriet Harman

Nigel Mills

Yvette CooperMr Tobias EllwoodSimon HoareChris BryantRobert HalfonStephen TimmsDarren JonesHilary BennIan MearnsSir Robert NeillSarah ChampionCatherine McKinnellOwen ThompsonKirsty BlackmanLiz Twist

Line 2, leave out from “rescinded” to end and add:

“and:

(a) That the following order (Conduct of divisions) be made and have effect either until the Speaker states that the ordinary conduct of divisions and deferred divisions is consistent with relevant public health guidance and advice and with the legal duties of the House of Commons Commission and the Corporate Officer, or until the House otherwise orders:

Conduct of divisions

(1) Standing Orders Nos. 38, 40 and 41A (save as provided for in the temporary order of 22 April (Conduct of remote divisions)) shall not have effect;

(2) If the opinion of the Speaker or the chair as to the decision of a question is challenged, they shall direct that a remote division or, as the case may be, a remote deferred division, take place;

(3) Paragraph 1 and paragraphs 3 to 9 of the temporary order of 22 April (Conduct of remote divisions) shall have effect, and

and

(b) That the following order (Participation in proceedings) be made and have effect from the hour the House sits tomorrow until 7 July 2020:

Participation in proceedings

(1) The Speaker may limit the number of Members present in the Chamber at any one time.

(2) Standing Order No. 7 (Seats not to be taken before prayers), No. 8 (Seats secured at prayers) and Nos. Standing Orders Nos. 83J to 83X shall not have effect.

(3) The provisions of Standing Orders No. 6 (Time for taking the oath), No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills etc), No. 57 (Presentation and first reading of public bills) and No. 154 (Time and manner of presenting petitions) shall have effect so far as the Speaker determines them to be consistent with the relevant public health guidance; and the Speaker may order the practice of the House in respect of those orders to be varied to ensure compliance with the relevant guidance.

(4) Standing Order No. 24 (1) (Emergency debates) shall have effect with the omission of the words “the assent of not fewer than forty Members who shall thereupon rise in their places to support the motion, or, if fewer than forty Members and not fewer than ten shall thereupon rise in their places.”.

Relevant Documents:

An explanatory note for the motion relating to Proceedings during the pandemic is available on the House of Commons business papers pages.

First Report from the Procedure Committee, Procedure under coronavirus restrictions: proposals for remote participation, HC 300;

Second Report from the Procedure Committee, Procedure under coronavirus restrictions: remote voting in divisions, HC 335;

Third Report from the Procedure Committee, Procedure under coronavirus restrictions: the Government’s proposal to discontinue remote participation, HC 392; and Transcript of oral evidence on Procedure under coronavirus restrictions to the Procedure Committee from the Clerk of the House and the Clerk of the Journals on 1 June 2020, HC 300.

The call list for Members participating will be made available on the House of Commons business papers pages.

3. Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: Second Reading

Until 8.00pm (if the Business of the House (Today) motion is agreed to)

Keir Starmer

Cat Smith

Rachel Reeves

Angela Rayner

Valerie Vaz

Mr Nicholas Brown

That this House whilst supporting the retention of 650 parliamentary constituencies declines to give a Second Reading to the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill because the Bill would disproportionately and undemocratically concentrate power over constituency sizes and boundaries in the hands of the executive, because the Bill fails to create a more flexible electoral quota allowing greater consideration to be given to local ties and community connections when drawing constituency boundaries, and because the proposed numeration date for the boundary review of 1 December 2020 risks boundaries being based on an incomplete register owing to the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the preparation of electoral registers.

The call list for Members participating will be made available on the House of Commons business papers pages.

4. PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES BILL: PROGRAMME

No debate (Standing Order No. 83A(7))

Chloe Smith

That the following provisions shall apply to the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill:

Committal

(1) The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

(2) Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 2 July 2020.

(3) The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading

(4) Proceedings on Consideration and any proceedings in legislative grand committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on Consideration are commenced.

(5) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

(6) Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading.

Other proceedings

(7) Any other proceedings on the Bill may be programmed.

5. Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: Money

No debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a))

Jesse Norman

That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided.

Notes:

Queen’s Recommendation signified.

6. BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE (CORPORATE INSOLVENCY AND GOVERNANCE BILL)

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

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

That, in respect of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time.

7. SENTENCING (PRE-CONSOLIDATION AMENDMENTS) BILL [LORDS]

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

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

That the Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [Lords], now standing committed to a Public Bill Committee, be committed to a Committee ofthe whole House.

ADJOURNMENT DEBATE 

Until 7.30pm or for half an hour (whichever is later) (Standing Order No. 9(7))

Private car parks: Caroline Nokes

Written Statements 

STATEMENTS TO BE MADE TODAY 

Right hon. Member for East Hampshire representing the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body

1.Documents required by the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

2.Reporting contingent liabilities in relation to a Government guarantee backing a previously approved £4 million borrowing facility and a new partially guaranteed borrowing facility of up to an additional £26 million for Historic Royal Palaces

Secretary of State for Education

3.Education Update

4.Higher Education stabilisation package draft Regulations

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

5.NHS Test and Trace update

6.The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendments) (No. 3) Regulations 2020

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

7.Grenfell Update

Secretary of State for Justice

8.Prison National Framework and Probation Roadmap to Recovery

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 

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Subject: The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

Witnesses: 9.30am: Professor Alison Young, Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law, Cambridge University; Professor Gavin Phillipson, Professor of Public Law and Human Rights, University of Bristol

10.30am: Professor Petra Schleiter, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Oxford; Professor Philip Cowley, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London

Virtual meeting
8.45am (private), 9.30am (public)

Committee on Standards

Virtual meeting
9.00am (private)

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

Virtual meeting
10.00am (private)

Welsh Affairs Committee

Virtual meeting
10.00am (private)

Finance Committee (Commons)

The Macmillan Room, Portcullis House
12.30pm (private)

Justice Committee

Subject: Coronavirus (COVID-19): The impact on prison, probation and court systems

Witnesses: 2.30pm: Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector, and Angus Mulready-Jones, Lead for children and young adults, HM Inspectorate of Prisons; Keith Fraser, Chair, and Colin Allars, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Justice Board

3.15pm: Andy Peaden, Chair, Association of Youth Offending Team Managers; Linda Logan, Chair of Youth Cohort Committee, Magistrates Association; Pippa Goodfellow, Director, Standing Committee for Youth Justice

3.45pm: Lucy Frazer QC MP, Minister of State, Ministry of Justice; Helga Swidenbank, Executive Director, Youth Custody Service

Virtual meeting
1.45pm (private), 2.30pm (public)

Defence Sub-Committee

Subject: The Security of 5G

Witnesses: 2.30pm: Tom Cotton, Senator, US Senate

3.30pm: Mike Rogers, Chairman, 5G Action Now; Brigadier General (ret.) Robert Spalding, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

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

European Statutory Instruments Committee

Virtual meeting
2.00pm (private)

Foreign Affairs Committee

Virtual meeting
2.00pm (private)

International Development Committee

Virtual meeting
2.00pm (private)

Petitions Committee

Virtual meeting
4.00pm (private)

Backbench Business Committee

Virtual meeting
5.30pm (private)

Public Bill Committees 

Finance Bill Programming Sub Committee

Room 9
2.30pm (private)

Domestic Abuse Bill Programming Sub Committee

Room 11
4.30pm (private)

Delegated Legislation Committees 

First Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the draft Weights and Measures Act 1985 (Definitions of “Metre” and “Kilogram”) (Amendment) Order 2020

Room 10
4.30pm (public)

COMMITTEE REPORTS PUBLISHED today 

BUSINESS, ENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY COMMITTEE 

First Special Report: Future of the Post Office Network: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2019-20, HC 382
Time of publication:
11.00am

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE 

Sixth Report: Excess Votes 2018-19, HC 243
Time of publication:
11.00am

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE 

First Special Report: Balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending: Government and UK Research and Innovation Responses to the Committee’s Twenty-First Report of Session 2017-19, HC 236
Time of publication
: 11.00am

Second Special Report: Commercial and recreational drone use in the UK: Government Response to the Committee’s Twenty-Second Report of Session 2017-19, HC 270
Time of publication:
11.00am