House of Commons

Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 18 June 2020

No. 72

The House met at 9.30 am.

Prayers

1Questions to the Secretary of State for International Trade

2Urgent Question: Merger of the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Secretary Dominic Raab)

3Business Question (Leader of the House)

4International Development

(1) Resolved, That the draft African Development Bank (Fifteenth Replenishment of the African Development Fund) Order 2020, which was laid before this House on 19 May, be approved.—(James Duddridge.)

(2) Resolved, That the draft African Development Bank (Further Payments to Capital Stock) Order 2020, which was laid before this House on 19 May, be approved.—(James Duddridge.)

(3) Resolved, That the draft African Development Fund (Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative) (Amendment) Order 2020, which was laid before this House on 19 May, be approved.—(James Duddridge.)

(4) Resolved, That the draft International Development Association (Nineteenth Replenishment) Order 2020, which was laid before this House on 19 May, be approved.—(James Duddridge.)

(5) Resolved, That the draft International Development Association (Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative) (Amendment) Order 2020, which was laid before this House on 19 May, be approved.—(James Duddridge.)

5Backbench Business

Effect of COVID–19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House is concerned about the level of deaths from COVID–19 among Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities; notes that structural inequalities and worse health outcomes for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people go hand in hand; calls on the Government to review the data published by the Office of National Statistics on 11 May 2020 on Coronavirus (COVID–19) related deaths by occupation, England and Wales: deaths registered up to and including 20 April 2020, the Report published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies in May 2020 entitled, Are some ethnic groups more vulnerable to COVID–19 than others? and the full report by Public Health England on Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID–19; and further calls on the Government to set out in detail the scope and timeframe of the Government’s review and urgently to put a plan in place to prevent avoidable deaths.—(Dawn Butler.)

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

Question put and agreed to.

6Public petitions

A public petition from residents of the United Kingdom relating to the establishment of a Food Standards Commission was presented and read by Alan Brown.

7Adjournment

Subject: Education standards in Stoke-on-Trent (Jack Brereton)

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Michael Tomlinson.) 

Adjourned at 5.31 pm until Monday 22 June.

Other Proceedings

Lords Messages

8Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords]

The Lords agree without amendment to the Amendment made by the Commons to the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords].

General Committees: Reports

9Finance Bill Committee

Andrew Rosindell (Chair) reported:

(1) written evidence submitted to the Committee; and

(2) the Bill as amended.

Written evidence to be published.

Bill, as amended, to be considered on Monday 22 June; and to be printed (Bill 142).

10Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill Committee

Graham Stringer (Chair) reported:

(1) written evidence submitted to the Committee, and

(2) the Bill without Amendment.

Written evidence to be published.

Bill, not amended, to be considered on Monday 22 June.

11Parliamentary Constituencies Bill Committee

Ian Paisley (Chair) reported:

(1) That the Committee had come to the following Resolution, That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication;

(2) Written evidence.

Written evidence to be published.

12Trade Bill Committee

Sir Graham Brady (Chair) reported written evidence submitted to the Committee.

Written evidence to be published.

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).

13Fire Safety Bill Committee

Chairs: Sir Gary Streeter and Graham Stringer

14Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill Committee

Chairs: Laurence Robertson and Steve McCabe

15First Delegated Legislation Committee (draft National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020) 

Chair: Stewart Hosie

16Second Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Northern Ireland Banknote (Designation of Authorised Bank) Regulations 2020)

Chair: David Mundell

Reports from Select Committees

17Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

(1) The impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 219);

(2) Future of the Post Office Network: Second Special Report of Session 2019–21: Written evidence, to be published (HC 382);

(3) Post Office and Horizon: Written evidence, to be published (HC 143);

(4) Work of the Department and Government response to coronavirus: Written evidence, to be published (HC 301)

(Darren Jones).

18Environmental Audit Committee

(1) One-off session with the Secretary of State for Defra: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 319);

(2) Correspondence relating to chemicals regulation post-Brexit: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Energy efficiency of existing homes: Written evidence, to be published (HC 346);

(4) Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Hydrogen: Written evidence, to be published (HC 348);

(5) Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Offshore Wind: Written evidence, to be published (HC 287) 

(Philip Dunne).

19European Scrutiny Committee

(1) UK-EU Joint Committee: Decision of 12 June 2020 amending the Withdrawal Agreement: Twelfth Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 465);

(2) Thirteenth Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 229-x);

(3) Ministerial correspondence: Written evidence, to be published (HC 229)

(Sir William Cash).

20Foreign Affairs Committee

(1) The FCO and the Integrated Review: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 380); 

(2) The UK’s role in strengthening multilateral organisations: Written evidence, to be published (HC 513);

(3) Correspondence with the FCO relating to Cameroon: Written evidence, to be published

(Tom Tugendhat).

21Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

(1) Correspondence from the Permanent Secretary relating to COVID–19: Direction to bring forward payment of two grants to local authorities: Written evidence, to be published;
(2) Long-term delivery of social and affordable housing: Written evidence, to be published (HC 173)

(Mr Clive Betts).

22Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

The Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications: Written evidence, to be published (HC 265) (Ms Harriet Harman).

23Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

(1) Unfettered Access: Northern Ireland and customs arrangements after Brexit: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 161);

(2) New Decade, New Approach Agreement: Written evidence, to be published (HC 160)

(Simon Hoare).

24Standards (Committee on)

Mr Marcus Fysh:

(i) Fifth Report, with Appendices, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the report (HC 213);

(ii) Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 213)

(Chris Bryant).

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

1Education

Education (Pupil Information) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 599), dated 16 June 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Nick Gibb)

2Energy

Draft Modifications to the Standard Conditions of Electricity and Gas Supply Licences, the Smart Meter Communication Licences, the Smart Energy Code, the Uniform Network Code and the Balancing and Settlement Code (Smart Meters No. 3 of 2020), dated (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alok Sharma)

3Exiting the European Union (Environmental Protection)

Environment (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 603), dated 17 June 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

4Local Government

Draft London Borough of Islington (Electoral Changes) Order 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (The Speaker)

5Social Security

Social Fund and Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 600), dated 16 June 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mims Davies)

Other papers

6Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning

Statutory Notice to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (by Act) (Gillian Keegan)

7Bank of England

(1) Report and Accounts of Bank of England Asset Purchase Facility Fund Limited for the year ended 29 February 2020 (by Act), to be printed (HC 381) (Steve Barclay)

(2) Report and Accounts of the Bank of England for the year ended 29 February 2020 (by Command) (Steve Barclay)

8Criminal Law

Explanatory Memorandum to the draft Release of Prisoners (Alteration of Relevant Proportion of Sentence) Order 2019 (by Command) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

9Dentists

Report and Accounts of the General Dental Council for 2019, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 400) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

10Financial Services and Markets

Report of the Prudential Regulation Authority for the year ended 29 February 2020 (by Act) (John Glen)

11National Health Service

Report and Accounts of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust for 2019–20 (by Act) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

Withdrawn papers

12Criminal Law

Explanatory Memorandum to the draft Release of Prisoners (Alteration of Relevant Proportion of Sentence) Order 2019 (laid 14 October 2019)

SPEAKER’S CERTIFICATES

Proxy Voting (Medical or public health reasons connected with the pandemic)

1- New proxy voting arrangements

The Speaker has certified, under the terms of the temporary Standing Order on voting by proxy and the Resolutions of the House of 28 January 2019, 16 January, and 4 and 10 June 2020, that the Members listed in the table below are eligible to have a proxy vote cast on their behalf by the nominated proxies listed in the table below, starting on the dates specified below and ending on Tuesday 28 July, unless the House otherwise orders. 

Member

From

Proxy

Victoria Atkins

22 June 2020

Stuart Andrew

Nickie Aiken

22 June 2020

Stuart Andrew

Conor Burns

22 June 2020

Stuart Andrew

Thangam Debbonaire

22 June 2020

Chris Elmore

Alan Mak

22 June 2020

Stuart Andrew

Andrew Mitchell

22 June 2020

Stuart Andrew

Henry Smith

22 June 2020

Stuart Andrew

Sam Tarry

22 June 2020

Chris Elmore

2- Ending proxy voting arrangements

The Speaker has certified, under the terms of the temporary Standing Order on voting by proxy and the Resolutions of the House of 28 January 2019, 16 January, and 4 and 10 June 2020, that the following Members have given notice that they wish to end their proxy voting arrangement with effect from when the Speaker takes the Chair on the dates specified below: 

Member

From

Margaret Greenwood

22 June 2020

Navendu Mishra

22 June 2020

Ms Marie Rimmer

22 June 2020

Douglas Ross

22 June 2020

Helen Whately

22 June 2020

Dawn Butler

18 June 2020

 

 

Prepared 18 June 2020