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Tuesday 13 October 2020

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Chamber business

The House met at 11.30 am.

Prayers

1Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

2Speaker’s Statement: Select Committees (Participation and Reporting) (Extension of Temporary Order)

The Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (4) of the Temporary Order (Select Committees (Participation and Reporting)) of 24 March 2020, that in his opinion it was expedient that the arrangements under that Order should continue in force until Friday 22 January 2021.

3Urgent Question: Economic support available to individuals and businesses in areas subject to additional public health restrictions (Steve Barclay)

4School Breakfast: Motion for leave to bring in a Bill (Standing Order No. 23)

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require schools to provide breakfast club facilities; and for connected purposes;

That Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck, Sir David Amess, Robert Halfon, Paul Maynard, Dr Daniel Poulter, Christian Wakeford, Caroline Lucas, Nadia Whittome, Ian Mearns, Siobhain McDonagh, Wera Hobhouse and Mr Kevan Jones present the Bill.

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 5 February 2021, and to be printed (Bill 194).

5Business of the House (Today)

Motion made and Question put, That, at this day’s sitting, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 16, proceedings on the first of the Motions in the name of a Minister of the Crown relating to Public Health regulations (SI, 2020, Nos. 1103, 1104, 1105, 1005, 1008, 1046 and 1029) shall be brought to a conclusion not later than 6.00 pm; the Speaker shall then put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on those Motions forthwith; such Questions, though opposed, may be put after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.—(Stuart Andrew.)

The House divided.

Division No. 131

Ayes: 317 (Tellers: Maggie Throup, Michael Tomlinson)

Noes: 181 (Tellers: Jeff Smith, Matt Western)

Question accordingly agreed to.

6Public Health

(1) Motion made and Question proposed, That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local Covid-19 Alert Level) (Medium) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1103), dated 12 October 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 12 October, be approved.—(Secretary Matt Hancock.)

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

At 6.00 pm, the Deputy Speaker brought proceedings on the Motion to a conclusion (Order, today).

Question put and agreed to.

(2) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Order, today), That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local Covid-19 Alert Level) (High) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1104), dated 12 October 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 12 October, be approved.—(Edward Argar.)

Question agreed to.

(3) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Order, today), That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local Covid-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1105), dated 12 October 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 12 October, be approved.—(Edward Argar.)

Question agreed to.

(4) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Order, today), That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Collection of Contact Details etc and Related Requirements) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1005), dated 17 September 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 17 September, be approved.—(Edward Argar.)

Question agreed to.

(5) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Order, today), That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Hospitality Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1008), dated 17 September 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 17 September, be approved.—(Edward Argar.)

Question agreed to.

(6) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Order, today), That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Undertakings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1046), dated 26 September 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 28 September, be approved.—(Edward Argar.)

Question agreed to.

(7) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Order, today), That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1029), dated 24 September 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 24 September, be approved.—(Edward Argar.)

The House divided.

Division No. 132

Ayes: 299 (Tellers: Maggie Throup, Michael Tomlinson)

Noes: 82 (Tellers: Mr Philip Hollobone, Craig Mackinlay)

Question accordingly agreed to.

7Fisheries Bill [Lords]: Programme (No. 2)

Ordered, That the Order of 1 September 2020 (Fisheries Bill [Lords] (Programme)) be varied as follows:

(1) Paragraphs (4) and (5) of the Order shall be omitted.

(2) Proceedings on Consideration and on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 10.00 pm at this day’s sitting.—(Victoria Prentis.)

8Fisheries Bill [Lords] (Report Stage): Consideration of the Bill, as amended in the Public Bill Committee

New Clause NC8—(Victoria Prentis)—brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

New Clause NC9—(Victoria Prentis)—brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

New Clause NC10—(Victoria Prentis)—brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

New Clause NC3—(Deidre Brock)—brought up, and read the first time.

Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

The House divided.

Division No. 133

Ayes: 65 (Tellers: Owen Thompson, Dave Doogan)

Noes: 335 (Tellers: David Duguid, Michael Tomlinson)

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment 1 proposed.—(Luke Pollard.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Division No. 134

Ayes: 196 (Tellers: Matt Western, Jeff Smith)

Noes: 335 (Tellers: Maggie Throup, Michael Tomlinson)

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendments 4 to 11, 36 and 12 to 24 made.

Amendment 3 proposed.—(Luke Pollard.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Division No. 135

Ayes: 197 (Tellers: Jeff Smith, Matt Western)

Noes: 331 (Tellers: Maggie Throup, Michael Tomlinson)

Question accordingly negatived.

As it was after 10.00 pm, the Deputy Speaker put the Questions necessary to bring the remaining proceedings on consideration to a conclusion (Programme Order, today).

The following Question was put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83E):

That Amendments 25 to 35 and 37 to 56 be made (single Question on successive amendments proposed by a Minister of the Crown).—(Victoria Prentis.)

Question agreed to.

9Fisheries Bill [Lords]: Third Reading

As it was after 10.00 pm, the Deputy Speaker put the Question necessary to bring proceedings on Third Reading to a conclusion (Programme Order, today).

Simon Hart signified Queen’s consent, as far as Her Majesty’s interest is concerned.

Question, That the Bill be now read the third time, put forthwith and agreed to (Standing Order No. 83E).

Bill accordingly read the third time and passed, with Amendments.

10Statutory Instruments (Motions for Approval)

(1) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations (SI, 2020, No. 1026), dated 23 September 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 23 September, be approved.—(David T C Davies.)

Question agreed to.

(2) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the 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, a copy of which was laid before this House on 24 September, be approved.—(David T C Davies.)

Question agreed to.

(3) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations (SI, 2020, No. 1021), dated 22 September 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 22 September, be approved.—(David T C Davies.)

Question agreed to.

11Delegated Legislation

Ordered, That the Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, entitled General Synod (Remote Meetings) (Temporary Standing Orders) Measure (HC 879), be referred to a Delegated Legislation Committee.—(David T C Davies.)

12Adjournment

Subject: Government support for women's rugby (Fay Jones)

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(David T C Davies.)

Adjourned at 10.29 pm until tomorrow.

Other Proceedings

Lords Messages

13Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill

The Lords agree to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, with Amendments to which they desire the agreement of the Commons.

Printing of Lords Amendments

14Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill

Lords Amendments to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill to be considered tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 195) with Explanatory Notes (Bill 195–EN).

General Committees: Reports

15Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee

Mrs Sheryll Murray (Chair) reported the draft Immigration Skills Charge (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

16Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee

Mr Laurence Robertson (Chair) reported the Pension Protection Fund (Moratorium and Arrangements and Reconstructions for Companies in Financial Difficulty) (Amendment and Revocation) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 990).

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).

17Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee (Pension Protection Fund (Moratorium and Arrangements and Reconstructions for Companies in Financial Difficulty) (Amendment and Revocation) Regulations (SI, 2020, No. 990))

Members: Lucy Allan and Jack Dromey discharged and Ms Karen Buck and Mrs Flick Drummond nominated in substitution.

Reports from Select Committees

18Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

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

19Defence Committee

(1) Work of the Service Complaints Ombudsman: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 881);

(2) Defence contribution to the UK’s pandemic response: Written evidence, to be published (HC 357);

(3) Foreign involvement in the defence supply chain: Written evidence, to be published (HC 699)

(Mr Tobias Ellwood).

20Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

(1) Impact of COVID-19 on DCMS sectors: First Report: Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report of Session 2019–21: Third Special Report, to be printed (HC 885);

(2) Misinformation in the COVID-19 Infodemic: Government Response to the Committee’s Second Report of Session 2019–21: Fourth Special Report, to be printed (HC 894);

(3) Online harms and the ethics of data: Oral evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on Online Harms and Disinformation, to be published (HC 646);

(4) Physical heritage: Written evidence, to be published (HC 832)

(Julian Knight).

21Education Committee

(1) Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 279);

(2) Accountability hearings: Written evidence, to be published (HC 262);

(3) Correspondence with the acting Chief Regulator, Ofqual, relating to the publication of minutes: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Correspondence with the Equality and Human Rights Commission relating to the monitoring of apprenticeship participation: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services: Written evidence, to be published (HC 254)

(Robert Halfon).

22Foreign Affairs Committee

(1) A brave new Britain? The future of the UK's international policy: Fourth Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 380);

(2) The FCO’s role in blocking foreign asset stripping in the UK: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 296);

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

(4) Xinjiang detention camps: Written evidence, to be published (HC 800)

(Tom Tugendhat).

23Health and Social Care Committee and Science and Technology Committee

Coronavirus: lessons learnt: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 877) (Jeremy Hunt).

24Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

(1) Correspondence from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy relating to amendments to the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Written evidence, to be published;

(2) Correspondence relating to Cygnet Yew Trees Hospital: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence with the Home Secretary relating to the handling of COVID-19 outbreaks in accommodation for asylum seekers: Written evidence, to be published

(Ms Harriet Harman).

25International Development Committee

(1) Humanitarian crises monitoring: impact of coronavirus: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 292);

(2) Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector: next steps: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 605)

(Sarah Champion).

26Justice Committee

(1) Coronavirus (COVID-19): The impact on the legal professions in England and Wales: Government Response to the Committee's Seventh Report: Fourth Special Report, to be printed (HC 898);

(2) The future of the probation service: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 285);

(3) Correspondence from the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice: Written evidence, to be published (HC 750);

(4) Correspondence with the Attorney General: Written evidence, to be published (HC 299);

(5) The Coroner Service: Written evidence, to be published (HC 282) 

(Sir Robert Neill).

27Petitions Committee

(1) Record of the Committee’s decisions relating to e-petitions, to be published;

(2) List of closed e-petitions presented to the House, to be published;

(3) The Government’s response to coronavirus: Written evidence, to be published (HC 526)

(Catherine McKinnell).

28Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

(1) Delivering the Government’s infrastructure commitments through major projects:

(i) Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report: Third Special Report, to be printed (HC 853);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published (HC 125);

(2) The role and status of the Prime Minister’s Office: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 835);

(3) Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Scrutiny 2019–20: Written evidence, to be published (HC 843)

(Mr William Wragg).

29Treasury Committee

(1) UK Customs Policy: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 776);

(2) Correspondence from the Chancellor of the Exchequer relating to the Autumn Budget announcement and the devolved administrations: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Decarbonisation and green finance: Written evidence, to be published (HC 147)

(Mel Stride).

30Women and Equalities Committee

Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image: Written evidence, to be published (HC 274) (Caroline Nokes).

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))

1Introduction of a universal basic income

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered introduction of a universal basic income.—(Ronnie Cowan.

At 11.00 am, the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 10(6)).

2 Fiscal support for the events industry during the COVID-19 outbreak

Resolved, That this House has considered fiscal support for the events industry during the COVID-19 outbreak.—(Owen Thompson.)

The sitting was suspended between 11.23 am and 2.30 pm (Standing Order No. 10(1)(b)).

3Future of the RNLI and independent lifeboats after the COVID-19 outbreak

Resolved, That this House has considered the future of the RNLI and independent lifeboats after the COVID-19 outbreak.—(Anthony Mangnall.)

The sitting was suspended between 3.54 pm and 4.00 pm.

4Ensuring that the Equalities Act 2010 protects children from disadvantaged backgrounds 

Resolved, That this House has considered the matter of ensuring that the Equalities Act 2010 protects children from disadvantaged backgrounds.—(Ben Bradley.)

5Chinese and East Asian communities' experience of racism during the COVID-19 pandemic

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered Chinese and East Asian communities' experience of racism during the COVID-19 pandemic.—(Sarah Owen.) 

At 5.30 pm the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 10(14)).

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

Adjourned at 5.30 pm until tomorrow.

Eleanor Laing

Chairman of Ways and Means

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

1Exiting the European Union (Agriculture)

Draft Organic Products (Production and Control) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

2Exiting the European Union (Consumer Protection)

Draft Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (UK(NI) Indication) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alok Sharma)

3Exiting the European Union (Criminal Law)

Draft Law Enforcement and Security (Separation Issues etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Priti Patel)

4Exiting the European Union (Energy Conservation)

Draft Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alok Sharma)

5Exiting the European Union (Environmental Protection)

(1) Draft New Heavy Duty Vehicles (Carbon Dioxide Emission Performance Standards) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Grant Shapps)

(2) Draft Ozone-Depleting Substances and Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

6Exiting the European Union (Road Traffic)

Draft Road Vehicle Carbon Dioxide Emission Performance Standards (Cars and Vans) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Grant Shapps)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

7Exiting the European Union (Northern Ireland)

Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1112), dated 13 October 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alok Sharma)

Other papers

8Museums and Galleries

Report and Accounts of the Victoria and Albert Museum for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 768) (Secretary Oliver Dowden)

9Political Parties, Elections and Referendums

(1) Fourth Report in 2020 from the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, on Re-appointment of the Electoral Commissioners (by Act), to be printed (HC 793) (The Speaker)

(2) Fifth Report in 2020 from the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, on Work of the Committee in 2019–20, to be printed (HC 794) (The Speaker)

10National Health Service

Report and Accounts of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for 2019–20 (by Act) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATES

Voting by proxy

1. New pandemic proxy voting arrangements

The Speaker has certified, under the terms of Standing Order No. 39A (Voting by proxy), as amended by the temporary Order of 23 September 2020 (Proxy voting during the pandemic), 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, starting on the dates specified and ending on Tuesday 3 November 2020, unless the arrangement is ended or the House otherwise orders.

Member

From

Proxy

Ronnie Cowan

14 October 2020

Patrick Grady

John Cryer

14 October 2020

Chris Elmore

Preet Kaur Gill

14 October 2020

Chris Elmore

Marco Longhi

19 October 2020

Stuart Andrew

Edward Miliband

14 October 2020

Chris Elmore

Joy Morrissey

19 October 2020

Stuart Andrew

Matthew Pennycook

14 October 2020

Chris Elmore

Bob Seely

14 October 2020

Stuart Andrew

Henry Smith

14 October 2020

Stuart Andrew

Gareth Thomas

14 October 2020

Chris Elmore

Claudia Webbe

14 October 2020

Bell Ribeiro-Addy


2. Ending pandemic proxy voting arrangements

The Speaker has certified, under the terms of Standing Order No. 39A (Voting by proxy), as amended by the temporary Order of 23 September 2020 (Proxy voting during the pandemic), 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 

Lucy Allan 

14 October 2020 

Ms Nadine Dorries 

14 October 2020 

Mrs Natalie Elphicke

15 October 2020 

Bill Esterson 

14 October 2020 

Margaret Greenwood 

14 October 2020 

Anne McLaughlin 

19 October 2020 

Alec Shelbrooke 

19 October 2020 

Tulip Siddiq

20 October 2020

 

CORRECTIONS

Monday 12 October 2020

(1) The following item should have appeared before item 20 (Other Proceedings):

Administration Committee

Record of the Committee’s discussions at its meeting on 12 October, to be published (Sir Charles Walker).

(2) Item 2 of the proceedings in Westminster Hall should have appeared as follows:

2 China’s policy on its Uighur population

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered e-petition 300146 relating to China’s policy on its Uighur population.—(Chris Evans.)

At 7.30 pm, the motion lapsed.

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