House of Commons

Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 5 February 2020

No. 22

The House met at 11.30 am.

Prayers

1Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

2Speaker’s Statement: British Sign Language interpretation of Prime Minister's Questions

3Questions to the Prime Minister

4Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Mike Amesbury, supported by Emma Hardy, Kevin Hollinrake, Ms Marie Rimmer, Justin Madders, Stephanie Peacock, Grahame Morris, Layla Moran, Mrs Sharon Hodgson, Paula Barker, Huw Merriman and Ian Mearns, presented a Bill to make provision for guidance to schools about the costs aspects of school uniform policies.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 13 March, and to be printed (Bill 10).

5Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Darren Jones presented a Bill to make provision for the appointment of the Forensic Science Regulator; to make provision about the Regulator and about the regulation of forensic science; to require the Secretary of State to publish an annual strategy on biometric technologies; to enable the Secretary of State to limit the use of such technologies when that is recommended in the strategy; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 24 April, and to be printed
(Bill 11).

6Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies (Environmentally Sustainable Investment) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Anna McMorrin, supported by Jim McMahon, Preet Kaur Gill, Gareth Thomas, Alex Sobel, Rosie Duffield, James Gray, Philip Dunne, Kevin Hollinrake, Alex Chalk, Caroline Lucas and Ben Lake, presented a Bill to enable co-operative and community benefit societies to raise external share capital for the purpose of making environmentally sustainable investment; to make associated provisions about restricting conversion to company status and the distribution of capital on winding-up; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 27 March, and to be printed (Bill 12).

7Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Laura Trott, supported by Alberto Costa, Carolyn Harris, Judith Cummins, Jackie Doyle-Price, Caroline Nokes, Sarah Champion, Mr Kevan Jones, Dr Dan Poulter and Laura Farris, presented a Bill to make provision about the administration to persons under the age of 18 of botulinum toxin and of other substances for cosmetic purposes; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 15 May, and to be printed
(Bill 13).

8Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Chris Loder presented a Bill to make provision about the mode of trial and maximum penalty for certain offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 12 June, and to be printed
(Bill 14).

9National Minimum Wage Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Paula Barker, supported by Mike Amesbury, Mick Whitley, Navendu Mishra, Ian Byrne, Apsana Begum, Kate Osborne, Rachel Hopkins, Beth Winter, Grahame Morris and Chris Stephens, presented a Bill to make provision about the national minimum wage; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 26 June, and to be printed
(Bill 15).

10Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Philip Dunne, supported by Theo Clarke, Fay Jones, Caroline Lucas, Scott Mann, Mr Andrew Mitchell, Anne Marie Morris, Stephanie Peacock, Julian Sturdy, Derek Thomas, Sir Charles Walker and Bill Wiggin, presented a Bill to place a duty on water companies to ensure that untreated sewage is not discharged into rivers and other inland waters; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 10 July, and to be printed
(Bill 16).

11Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Sir Charles Walker, on behalf of Dame Cheryl Gillan, presented a Bill to make provision about substance testing in prisons and similar institutions.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 15 May, and to be printed
(Bill 17).

12Control of Roadworks Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr Mark Francois, supported by Sir David Amess, Craig Mackinlay and Mr Marcus Fysh, presented a Bill to set penalties for overrunning roadworks; to make requirements regarding the duration, timing and coordination of roadworks; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 12 June, and to be printed
(Bill 18).

13Mental Health Admissions (Data) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Dr Ben Spencer, supported by Jeremy Hunt, Ms Harriet Harman, Mr Gareth Bacon, Greg Smith and Stephen Timms, presented a Bill to make provision for the collection and publication of statistics on mental health hospital admissions; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 30 October, and to be printed (Bill 19).

14British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Bim Afolami presented a Bill to provide the British Library Board with a power to borrow money.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 13 March, and to be printed (Bill 20).

15Public Interest Disclosure (Protection) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Dr Philippa Whitford, supported by Peter Grant, Alison Thewliss, Mr Andrew Mitchell, Dr Julian Lewis, Kevin Hollinrake and Wera Hobhouse, presented a Bill to provide protections for whistleblowers; to create offences relating to the treatment of whistleblowers and the handling of whistleblowing cases; to establish an independent body to protect whistleblowers and whistleblowing, in accordance with the public interest; to make provision for that body to set, monitor and enforce standards for the management of whistleblowing cases, to provide disclosure and advice services, to direct whistleblowing investigations and to order redress of detriment suffered by whistleblowers; to repeal the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 24 April, and to be printed
(Bill 21).

16Trade Agreements (Exclusion of National Health Services) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Peter Grant, supported by Dr Philippa Whitford, Paula Barker, Ben Lake, Claire Hanna, Caroline Lucas, Stephen Farry, Neale Hanvey and Joanna Cherry, presented a Bill to exclude requirements relating to National Health Services procurement, delivery or commissioning from international trade agreements; to require the consent of the House of Commons and the devolved legislatures to international trade agreements insofar as they relate to the National Health Services of England, Scotland and Wales and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 26 June, and to be printed
(Bill 22).

17Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) (No. 2) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Alex Cunningham, supported by Alec Shelbrooke, Chris Stephens, Wayne David, Mike Amesbury, Mike Hill, Bridget Phillipson and Mary Glindon, presented a Bill to prohibit unpaid work experience exceeding four weeks; and for connected purposes. 

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 27 March, and to be printed (Bill 23).

18Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Liz Twist, on behalf of Mary Kelly Foy, supported by Liz Twist, Ian Mearns, Kate Osborne, Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Mr Virendra Sharma, Claudia Webbe, Ian Byrne, Taiwo Owatemi, Nadia Whittome, Beth Winter and Rachel Hopkins, presented a Bill to impose duties on certain education and training providers in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 13 March, and to be printed (Bill 24).

19Registers of Births and Deaths Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr Andrew Mitchell, supported by Kevin Hollinrake, Amanda Solloway, Dame Margaret Hodge, Philip Dunne, Alison McGovern, Alex Chalk, Dr Philippa Whitford, Gary Sambrook, Gillian Keegan and Meg Hillier, presented a Bill to make provision about the keeping and maintenance of registers of births and deaths; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 15 May, and to be printed
(Bill 25).

20Meat (Grading and Labelling) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Bill Wiggin, supported by Mrs Pauline Latham, Mr Jonathan Lord, James Gray, Ben Lake, Andrew Griffith, Kevin Hollinrake, Mark Pritchard, Andrew Bowie, Mark Menzies, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger and Philip Dunne, presented a Bill to establish a meat grading system incorporating taste and eating quality; to define the term “grass-fed” when used in meat labelling and marketing; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on 29 January 2021, and to be printed (Bill 26).

21NHS 111 Service (Training and Clinical Oversight) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Kate Osamor, supported by Feryal Clark, Taiwo Owatemi, Claudia Webbe, Nadia Whittome, Preet Kaur Gill, Florence Eshalomi, Yasmin Qureshi, Navendu Mishra, Apsana Begum, Bambos Charalambous and Tulip Siddiq, presented a Bill to set training standards for NHS 111 service operators; to require NHS 111 services to be overseen by clinical advisors; and for connected purposes. 

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 10 July, and to be printed
(Bill 27).

22Third Sector Organisations (Impact and Support) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Simon Fell presented a Bill to establish a body to assess the benefits and effectiveness of third sector organisations and provide support to such organisations; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 11 September, and to be printed (Bill 28).

23Asylum Seekers (Permission to Work) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Patrick Grady, on behalf of Carol Monaghan, supported by Martin Docherty-Hughes, Kenny MacAskill, Alyn Smith, Patricia Gibson, Anne McLaughlin, Angela Crawley, Richard Thomson, Alan Brown, Kirsten Oswald, Dr Philippa Whitford and Patrick Grady, presented a Bill to make provision for granting permission to work to asylum seekers who have waited six months for a decision on their asylum application; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 27 November, and to be printed (Bill 29).

24Opposition Day: Leader of the Opposition (2nd allotted day (Standing Order No. 14))

(1) Local government finance

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House notes that the Government's proposed changes to local authority funding will dramatically downgrade the importance of deprivation in deciding the distribution of funding to local authorities and will have a devastating effect on local adult social care funding; further notes that proposed changes will cause even greater reductions in foundation funding and children’s social care; and calls on the Government to scrap its Review of Local Authorities’ Relative Needs and Resources and to ensure that local authorities are properly funded through a fairer system that properly takes account of deprivation, need and differing council tax bases.—(Andrew Gwynne.)

Amendment proposed, in line 1 to leave out from 'House' to end and add 'welcomes the Government’s provisional local government finance settlement, which will deliver the biggest year-on-year real terms increase in councils’ spending power for a decade; recognises the pressures on adult and children’s social care as well as critical local government services, and welcomes the additional £1.5 billion available for social care in 2020-21; notes that the Government has listened to calls for a simpler, up-to-date, evidence-based funding formula and has committed to consult on all aspects of the formula review in spring 2020; further welcomes the Government’s ambition to empower communities and level up local powers through a future Devolution White Paper; and welcomes the Government’s progress on this agenda already with the £3.6bn Towns Fund and eight Devolution Deals now agreed.'.—(Jake Berry.)

Question put, That the original words stand part of the Question.

The House divided.

Division No. 31

Ayes: 190 (Tellers: Thangam Debbonaire, Jeff Smith)

Noes: 329 (Tellers: Maggie Throup, Nigel Huddleston)

Question accordingly negatived.

Question, That the proposed words be there added, put forthwith (Standing Order No. 31(2)).

Question agreed to.

The Deputy Speaker declared the Main Question, as amended, agreed to (Standing Order No. 31(2)).

Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government’s provisional local government finance settlement, which will deliver the biggest year-on-year real terms increase in councils’ spending power for a decade; recognises the pressures on adult and children’s social care as well as critical local government services, and welcomes the additional £1.5 billion available for social care in 2020-21; notes that the Government has listened to calls for a simpler, up-to-date, evidence-based funding formula and has committed to consult on all aspects of the formula review in spring 2020; further welcomes the Government’s ambition to empower communities and level up local powers through a future Devolution White Paper; and welcomes the Government’s progress on this agenda already with the £3.6bn Towns Fund and eight Devolution Deals now agreed.

(2) Transport

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House acknowledges that the UK's transport emissions have not substantially fallen since 1990 and have increased since 2010; and calls on the Government to develop and implement a plan to eliminate the substantial majority of transport emissions by 2030, to decarbonise the UK's entire bus network, to invest in an electric vehicle charging network that can support the majority of vehicles on the UK's roads by 2030, to cut bus and rail fares, to increase public transport patronage, to provide funding for cycling and walking, including investment in cycleways and grants for ebikes, to introduce a network of clean air zones to tackle illegal levels of air pollution, and to bring aviation emissions within the UK's climate targets.—(Andy McDonald.)

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

Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 32

Ayes: 181 (Tellers: Thangam Debbonaire, Liz Twist)

Noes: 311 (Tellers: Nigel Huddleston, Maggie Throup)

Question accordingly negatived.

25Adjournment

Subject: Nuclear energy policy and climate change (Virginia Crosbie)

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Iain Stewart.) 

Adjourned at 7.40 pm until tomorrow.

Other Proceedings

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 Committee of Selection nominates Members to serve on General Committees (and certain Members to serve on Grand Committees).

26Agriculture Bill Committee

(1) Chairs: Sir David Amess and Graham Stringer

(2) Members: Deidre Brock, Theo Clarke, Robert Courts, Virginia Crosbie, Thangam Debbonaire, Miss Sarah Dines, Dave Doogan, George Eustice, Mr Robert Goodwill, Fay Jones, Ruth Jones, Simon Jupp, Alicia Kearns, Danny Kruger, Kerry McCarthy, James Morris, Abena Oppong-Asare, Nadia Whittome and Daniel Zeichner

27Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill Committee

(1) Chairs: Sir Edward Leigh and Geraint Davies

(2) Members: Jack Brereton, Dehenna Davison, Mrs Flick Drummond, Mike Hill, Nigel Huddleston, Eddie Hughes, John Lamont, Conor McGinn, Seema Malhotra, Charlotte Nichols, John Nicolson, Chi Onwurah, Mary Robinson, Amanda Solloway, Christian Wakeford, Matt Warman and Catherine West

28First Delegated Legislation Committee (The Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitri Kovtun Freezing Order 2020)

(1) Chair: Mr Laurence Robertson

(2) Members: Nickie Aiken, Fleur Anderson, Caroline Ansell, Siobhan Baillie, Simon Baynes, Steve Brine, Fiona Bruce, Alberto Costa, Peter Dowd, John Glen, Peter Grant, Mr Marcus Jones, Stephen Kinnock, Kate Osamor, Lee Rowley, Jeff Smith and Richard Thomson

29Second Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Northamptonshire (Structural Changes) Order 2019)

(1) Chair: James Gray

(2) Members: Peter Aldous, Sarah Atherton, Duncan Baker, Aaron Bell, Andrew Bowie, Ben Bradley, Paul Bristow, Felicity Buchan, Jon Cruddas, Mary Kelly Foy, Luke Hall, Nigel Huddleston, Kim Johnson, Holly Lynch, Conor McGinn, Jim McMahon and Alex Sobel

Reports from Select Committees

30Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee on)

(1) First Report, to be printed (HC 75-i); 

(2) Government response to the Committee’s Nineteenth and Twenty-First Reports of Session 2017–19: First Special Report to be printed (HC 77)

(Jessica Morden).

31Statutory Instruments (Select Committee on)

First Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 73-i) (Jessica Morden).

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

Westminster Hall

The sitting began at 9.30 am.

Business appointed by the Chairman of Ways and Means (Standing Order No. 10(6))

1Operation Augusta

Resolved, That this House has considered Operation Augusta.—(Graham Stringer.) 

2User-led social care

Resolved, That this House has considered user-led social care.—(James Murray.) 

The sitting was suspended between 11.19 am and 2.30 pm (Standing Order No. 10(1)(b)).

3Taxation on beer and pubs

Resolved, That this House has considered the matter of taxation on beer and pubs.—(Mike Wood.) 

The sitting was suspended between 4.00 pm and 4.15 pm for a division in the House (Standing Order No. 10(3)). 

4Rail services for Maidenhead, Twyford and linking branch lines

Resolved, That this House has considered rail services for Maidenhead, Twyford and linking branch lines.—(Mrs Theresa May.) 

5Use of release under investigation

Resolved, That this House has considered the use of release under investigation.—(Bambos Charalambous.) 

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

Adjourned at 5.41 pm until tomorrow.

Eleanor Laing

Chairman of Ways and Means

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

1Financial Services

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Central Counterparties, Investment Exchanges, Prospectus and Benchmarks) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 117), dated 3 February 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (John Glen)

2Government Trading Funds

Land Registry Trading Fund (Revocation) Order 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 118), dated 4 February 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Nadhim Zahawi)

Other papers

3Mental Health

Report of the Care Quality Commission: Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2018–19 (by Act) (Ms Nadine Dorries)

4National Audit

(1) Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: British Business Bank (by Act), to be printed (HC 21) (Clerk of the House)

(2) Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service: Improving the prison estate (by Act), to be printed (HC 41) (Clerk of the House)

Withdrawn papers

5National Audit

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: British Business Bank (HC 21) (laid 13 January)

SPEAKER’S CERTIFICATE

The Speaker has certified that the NHS Funding Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.

 

Prepared 5 February 2020