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Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 24 September 2020

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Contents

Chamber business

The House met at 9.30 am.

Prayers

1Contingencies Fund 2019–20

Ordered, That there be laid before this House an Account of the Contingencies Fund 2019–20, showing:  

(1) A Statement of Financial Position;

(2) A Statement of Cash Flows; and

(3) Notes to the Accounts; together with the Certificate and Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon.—(Maria Caulfield.)

2Questions to (1) the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

(2) the Attorney General

3Urgent Question: Government response to the consultation on the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (Secretary Elizabeth Truss)

4Business Question (Leader of the House)

5Statements: (1) Economy: update (The Chancellor of the Exchequer) 

(2) Government response to the presidential elections in Belarus (Secretary Dominic Raab) 

6Personal Statement: David Morris 

7Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Secretary Priti Patel, supported by the Prime Minister, Secretary Dominic Raab, Secretary Robert Buckland, Secretary Brandon Lewis, the Attorney General and James Brokenshire, presented a Bill to make provision for, and in connection with, the authorisation of criminal conduct in the course of, or otherwise in connection with, the conduct of covert human intelligence sources.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 188) with Explanatory Notes (Bill 188–EN).

8Backbench Business

(1) Situation in Yemen

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered the situation in Yemen.—(Tim Loughton.)

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

Question put and agreed to.

(2) Settlement and annexation of the Occupied Palestinian territories

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered settlement and annexation of the Occupied Palestinian territories.—(Stephen Kinnock.)

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

Question put and agreed to.

9Business of the House (30 September)

Ordered, That, at the sitting on Wednesday 30 September, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents) and Standing Order No. 17 (Delegated legislation (negative procedure))—

(1) debate on the Motions in the name of Keir Starmer relating to Town and Country Planning (SI, 2020, Nos. 632, 755 & 756) may continue for up to one and a half hours, after which the Speaker shall put forthwith the Questions necessary to dispose of each Motion;

(2) proceedings may continue, though opposed, beyond the moment of interruption; and

(3) Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.—(David Duguid.)

10Adjournment

Subject: NHS hysteroscopy treatment (Ms Lyn Brown)

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(David Duguid.) 

Adjourned at 5.30 pm until tomorrow.

Other Proceedings

Changes to Notices Given

11Internet Access (Children Eligible for Free School Meals) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 25 September, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 30 October.

12Border Control Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 25 September, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 15 January 2021.

13Foreign Nationals (Criminal Offender and Prisoner Removal) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 25 September, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 15 January 2021.

14National Health Service (Co-Funding and Co-Payment) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 25 September, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 15 January 2021.

General Committees: Reports

15Twelfth Delegated Legislation Committee

Mr Philip Hollobone (Chair) reported the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Insolvency and Dissolution) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 856).  

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).

16Twelfth Delegated Legislation Committee (Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Insolvency and Dissolution) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 856))

Chair: Mr Philip Hollobone in place of Christina Rees.

Reports from Select Committees

17Backbench Business Committee  

Determination of business to be taken on Thursday 8 October in the Chamber (Ian Mearns).

18Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

(1) Post-pandemic economic growth: Industrial Strategy: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 674);

(2) Correspondence from the Secretary of State relating to British Airways: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence with the Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility relating to the Corporate Transparency and Register Reform: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Correspondence with the Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth relating to the Green Homes Grant scheme: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) Correspondence with the Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Labour Markets relating to an SI on Employment Tribunals: Written evidence, to be published;

(6) Delivering Audit Reform: Written evidence, to be published (HC 266);

(7) Post-pandemic economic growth: Written evidence, to be published (HC 393);

(8) Post-pandemic economic growth: Levelling up – local and regional structures and the delivery of economic growth: Written evidence, to be published (HC 675);

(9) The impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers: Written evidence, to be published (HC 219)

(Darren Jones).

19Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee  

Broadband and the road to 5G: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 153) (Julian Knight).

20Environmental Audit Committee

(1) Greening the post-Covid recovery: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 347);

(2) Correspondence with NHS England relating to disposal of single-use PPE: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy relating to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Electronic waste and the circular economy: Written evidence, to be published (HC 220);

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

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

(7) Sustainability of the Ministry of Defence: Written evidence, to be published (HC 533)

(Philip Dunne).

21European Scrutiny Committee

(1) Twenty-second Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 229-xviii);

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

(Sir William Cash).

22Health and Social Care Committee

Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond: Second Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 320) (Jeremy Hunt).

23Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

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

24Public Accounts (Committee of)

(1) DWP’s Accounts 2019-20: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 681);

(2) Correspondence from the Department for Transport relating to the announcement of funding to support bus and light rail services: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence with the Home Office relating to the Emergency Services Network: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Correspondence with the Home Office relating to the Windrush compensation scheme: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) Tackling the tax gap: Written evidence, to be published (HC 650)

(Meg Hillier).

25Welsh Affairs Committee

Implications of the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill for Wales: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 734) (Stephen Crabb).

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

1Exiting the European Union (Criminal Law)

Draft Taking Account of Convictions (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

2Exiting the European Union (Electronic Communications)

Draft Communications Act (e-Commerce) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr John Whittingdale)

3Insolvency

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Extension of the Relevant Period) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1031), dated 23 September 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alok Sharma)

4Public Health

(1) Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1029), dated 23 September 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

(2) Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1028), dated 23 September 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

5Social Security

Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) (Amendment) Regulations and the Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1030), dated 24 September 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Jesse Norman)

Papers laid under paragraphs 3(3) and 17(3) of Schedule 7 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

6Exiting The European Union (Environmental Protection)

Proposal for an instrument titled Environment (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Act) (Secretary George Eustice)

Other papers

7Budget Responsibility and National Audit

Office for Budget Responsibility: OECD Independent Fiscal Institutions Review (by Act) (Kemi Badenoch)

8Coal Industry

Report and Accounts of the Coal Authority for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 743) (Secretary Alok Sharma)

9Contingencies Fund

Accounts of Contingencies Fund for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (pursuant to Order, today), to be printed (HC 764) (Jesse Norman)

10Defence

The Iraq Fatality Investigations: Report into the death of Saeed Radhi Shabram Wawi Al-Bazooni (by Command) (CP 290) (Secretary Ben Wallace)

11European Union (Withdrawal)

Report on the European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks for the period 26 March to 25 June 2020 (by Act) (Chloe Smith)

12Exchange Equalisation Account

Report and Accounts of the Exchange Equalisation Account for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 761) (John Glen)

13Government Resources and Accounts

(1) Report and Accounts of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 708) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

(2) Report and Accounts of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 779) (Clerk of the House)

14House of Commons Members' Fund

Account of the House of Commons Members' Fund for 2018–19, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 837) (Clerk of the House)

15National Health Service

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

16Sovereign Grant

Report and Accounts of the Sovereign Grant and Sovereign Grant Reserve for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 774) (Kemi Badenoch)

17Statutory Instruments (Notification)

(1) Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations (SI, 2020, No. 1029) (by Standing Order) (The Speaker)

(2) Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1028) (by Standing Order) (The Speaker)

18Treasury

Winter Economy Plan (by Command) (CP 297) (The Chancellor of the Exchequer)

SPEAKER’S CERTIFICATES

Voting by proxy

1. New proxy voting arrangements

The Speaker has certified that, under the terms of the Standing Order (Voting by proxy), as amended by the temporary Order of 23 September 2020 (Proxy voting during the pandemic), 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 3 November 2020, unless the arrangement is ended or the House otherwise orders. 

Member

From

Proxy

Stewart Malcolm McDonald

25 September 2020

Patrick Grady

Mr Toby Perkins

25 September 2020

Chris Elmore

Julian Knight

25 September 2020

Stuart Andrew

Martin Docherty-Hughes

28 September 2020

Patrick Grady

Paul Holmes

28 September 2020

Stuart Andrew

Brendan O'Hara

28 September 2020

Patrick Grady

Preet Kaur Gill

28 September 2020

Chris Elmore

Tommy Sheppard

28 September 2020

Patrick Grady

Neale Hanvey

28 September 2020

Patrick Grady

Carol Monaghan

28 September 2020

Patrick Grady

Debbie Abrahams

28 September 2020

Chris Elmore

2. Variation of existing proxy voting arrangements

The Speaker has certified that, under the terms of the Standing Order (Voting by proxy), as amended by the temporary Order of 23 September 2020 (Proxy voting during the pandemic), the following Member has given notice that they wish to amend their proxy voting arrangement.

From 28 September, the nominated proxy for Imran Hussein will be Mohammad Yasin instead of Chris Elmore.

3. Ending proxy voting arrangements

The Speaker has certified that, under the terms of the Standing Order (Voting by proxy), as amended by the temporary Order of 23 September 2020 (Proxy voting during the pandemic), 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

Allan Dorrans

28 September 2020

Peter Dowd

25 September 2020

Gill Furniss

28 September 2020

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

28 September 2020

Julia Lopez

25 September 2020

Rachel Maclean

25 September 2020

Paul Maynard

25 September 2020