Business for Thursday 04 June 2020

SUMMARY AGENDA: CHAMBER

Business Today: Chamber 

9.30am Prayers

Followed by

QUESTIONS 

1. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

2. Attorney General

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

URGENT QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS 

10.30am

Urgent Question: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will make a statement on the Public Health England review of disparities in risks and outcomes related to the COVID-19 outbreak (Gill Furniss)

Urgent Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Abortion Regulations for Northern Ireland (Jeffrey M Donaldson)

Urgent Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the implementation of the payment scheme for victims of the Troubles (Louise Haigh)

Business Question to the Leader of the House

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

BUSINESS OF THE DAY 

1. Sentencing (Pre-Consolidation Amendments) Bill [LORDS]: Committee and Third Reading

Until 5.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(6))

Notes:

The Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly have approved Legislative Consent Resolutions relating to this Bill. Copies of the Resolutions are available in the Vote Office (also available on the documents webpage for the Bill).

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

2. The EU’s mandate for negotiating a new partnership with the UK

Up to 90 minutes (Standing Order No. 16(1))

Michael Gove

That this House, having regard to the constitutional and legal functions enshrined in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, urges the Government to conduct its negotiations with the European Union with the fullest possible transparency to facilitate essential parliamentary scrutiny; also urges the Government to make regular progress reports on the negotiations, including on stakeholder contributions to the consultation on The Future Relationship with the EU: the UK’s Approach to Negotiations, and to address the issues identified by the European Scrutiny Committee in its Fifth Report of Session 2019–21, HC 333, as matters of vital national interest.

Amendment (a)

Keir Starmer

Paul Blomfield

Rachel Reeves

Emily Thornberry

Lisa Nandy

Mr Nicholas Brown

Line 7, leave out from “Negotiations,” to end and insert —

“commends the European Scrutiny Committee on its Fifth Report of Session 2019–21, HC 333, whose Annex draws upon responses from other select committees identifying matters of vital national interest in the EU negotiating mandate; recalls that during the 2019 general election and the passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Act, Government ministers committed that negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU would be based on the Political Declaration; notes that in Article 184 of the Withdrawal Agreement the UK agreed to “use their best endeavours, in good faith and in full respect of their respective legal orders, to take the necessary steps to negotiate expeditiously the agreements governing their future relationship referred to in the Political Declaration of 17 October 2019”; therefore calls on the Government to negotiate an “ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership”, including an “ambitious, wide-ranging and balanced economic partnership” that entails “no tariffs, fees, charges or quantitative restrictions across all sectors”, a deal that would safeguard “workers’ rights, consumer and environmental protection”, including “effective implementation domestically, enforcement and dispute settlement” and a “broad, comprehensive and balanced security partnership” underpinned by “long-standing commitments to the fundamental rights of individuals, including continued adherence and giving effect to the ECHR, and adequate protection of personal data”.

Relevant Documents:

First Report of the European Scrutiny Committee, The EU’s mandate for negotiating a new partnership with the UK, HC 218

Fifth Report of the European Scrutiny Committee, The EU’s mandate for negotiating a new partnership with the UK: Outcome of Select Committee consultation, HC 333

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

3. VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION IN PROCEEDINGS DURING THE PANDEMIC (TEMPORARY ORDERS)

No debate after 5.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(6))

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

That the following order be made and have effect until 7 July 2020:

(1) Members may participate in proceedings on Questions, Urgent Questions and Statements virtually, by electronic means approved by the Speaker.

(2) Virtual participation in accordance with paragraph (1) may only be permitted by the Speaker in respect of Members who have self-certified that they are unable to attend at Westminster for medical or public health reasons related to the pandemic. The arrangements for self-certification shall be set out by the Speaker.

Amendment (d)

Chris Bryant

Hilary Benn

Simon Hoare

Darren Jones

Yvette Cooper

Ian Mearns

Christine Jardine Catherine McKinnellMeg Hillier Sarah Champion Tonia Antoniazzi Anna McMorrin Ruth JonesAlex Davies-Jones Stella Creasy Dame Diana Johnson Debbie Abrahams Alex Cunningham Ms Karen Buck

Line 4, leave out paragraph (2).

Relevant Documents:

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.

4. PROXY VOTING (EXTENSION)

No debate after 5.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(6))

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

That this House agrees that a Member who is unable to attend at Westminster because they themselves are at high risk from coronavirus for reasons that they are either ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ or ‘clinically vulnerable’, may arrange for their vote to be cast by proxy; and accordingly directs the Speaker to amend the pilot proxy voting scheme, in accordance with paragraph (5) of the Resolution of the House of 28 January 2019, as amended on 16 January 2020 (Proxy Voting (Implementation)).

Relevant Documents:

First Special Report from the Procedure Committee, Procedure under coronavirus restrictions: the Government’s proposal for proxy voting for shielding Members, HC 429

5. PROXY VOTING (TEMPORARY STANDING ORDER)

No debate after 5.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(6))

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

That the temporary Standing Order (Voting by proxy for parental absence) be amended as follows:

In the title delete “for parental absence”.

Delete paragraph (1) and insert:

“(1) A Member may, by reason of absence from the precincts of the House:

(a) for childbirth or care of an infant or newly adopted child, or

(b) because they themselves are at high risk from coronavirus for reasons that they are either ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ or ‘clinically vulnerable’,

arrange for their vote to be cast in accordance with this order by another Member acting as a proxy (a proxy vote).”

In paragraph (9) delete “and the Resolution of the House of Monday 28 January 2019” and insert “the Order of 4 June 2020 (Proxy Voting (Temporary Standing Order)), and the Resolutions of the House of 28 January 2019 and 4 June 2020”.

ADJOURNMENT DEBATE 

Until 5.30pm or for half an hour (whichever is later) (Standing Order No. 9(7))

Restoration of canals: Craig Williams

Written Statements 

STATEMENTS TO BE MADE TODAY 

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

1.Departmental Contingent Liability Notification (Trade Credit Reinsurance Scheme)

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

2.Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan 2018-2022: Annual Report 2019

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 

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

Subject: The impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers

Witnesses: 9.30am: Stephen Phipson CBE, Chief Executive, Make UK; Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders; Paul Everitt, Chief Executive, ADS Group; Gareth Stace, Director General, UK Steel

10.30am: Gillian Cooper, Interim Head of Energy Policy, Citizens Advice; Fintan Slye, Executive Director, National Grid ESO; Jonathan Brearley, Chief Executive, Ofgem; Audrey Gallacher, Interim CEO and Director of Policy, Energy UK

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

Environmental Audit Committee

Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Offshore Wind

Witnesses: 9.30am: Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult; Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy and Regulation, RenewableUK; Benj Sykes, Head of UK Market Development, Consenting and External Affairs, Orsted

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

Welsh Affairs Committee

Virtual meeting
9.30am (private)

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Virtual meeting
2.00pm (private)

International Development Committee

Subject: Humanitarian crises monitoring: impact of coronavirus

Witnesses: 2.30pm: Farah Kabir, Country Director, Action Aid, Bangladesh; Ghassan Abou Chaar, Emergency Director, Yemen, Médecins Sans Frontières; Ndubisi Anyanwu, Country Director for Nigeria, Mercy Corps

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

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation

Subject: Online Harms and Disinformation

Witnesses: 2.30pm: Thomas Knowles; Dr Megan Emma Smith

3.15pm: Monika Bickert, Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism, Facebook; Leslie Miller, Vice-President of Government Affairs and Public Policy, YouTube; Derek Slater, Global Director of Information Policy, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google; Nick Pickles, Director of Public Policy Strategy, Twitter

Virtual meeting
2.30pm (public)

Transport Committee

Virtual meeting
3.00pm (private)

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

Virtual meeting
4.00pm (private)

Public Bill Committees 

Medicines and Medical Devices Bill Programming sub-Committee

Room 10
11.00am (private)

Domestic Abuse Bill

To consider the Bill

Witnesses: 11.30am: Nicole Jacobs, Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner

12.30pm: Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters

The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
11.30am (public)

Finance Bill

To consider the Bill

Room 14
11.30am (public)

Domestic Abuse Bill

Further to consider the Bill

Witnesses: 2.00pm: Gilmara Garcia, Survivor of domestic abuse, Latin American Women’s Rights Service

2.15pm: Somiya Basar; Saliha Rashid

2.45pm: Lucy Hadley, Campaigns and Policy Manager, Women’s Aid Federation of England; Ms Andrea Simon, Head of Public Affairs, End Violence against Women

3.15pm: Ms Ellie Butt, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Refuge; Suzanne Jacob OBE, CEO, SafeLives

3.45pm: Lyndsey Dearlove, Head of UK Says NO MORE, Hestia; Gisela Valle, Director, Latin American Women’s Rights Service

4.15pm: Dame Vera Baird QC, Victims Commissioner

4.30pm: Councillor Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council and Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, Local Government Association; Sara Kirkpatrick, CEO, Welsh Women’s Aid

The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
2.00pm (public)

Finance Bill

Further to consider the Bill

Room 14
2.00pm (public)

COMMITTEE REPORTS PUBLISHED today 

EUROPEAN STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS COMMITTEE 

Sixth Report, HC 338
Time of publication:
11.00am