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Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 5 November 2020

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Contents

Chamber business

The House met at 9.30 am.

Prayers

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

(2) the Attorney General

2Urgent Question: Impact of new coronavirus regulations on the ability of terminally ill adults to travel abroad for an assisted death (Secretary Matt Hancock)

3Business Question (Leader of the House)

4Statements: (1) Economy update (Chancellor of the Exchequer)

(2) UK terrorism threat level (James Brokenshire)

5Plastic Pollution Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr Alistair Carmichael, supported by Caroline Lucas, Dr Matthew Offord, Wera Hobhouse, Ben Lake, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Stephen Timms, Chris Loder and Geraint Davies, presented a Bill to set targets for the reduction of plastic pollution; to require the Secretary of State to publish a strategy and annual reports on plastic pollution reduction; to establish an advisory committee on plastic pollution; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 29 January 2021, and to be printed (Bill 207).

6Backbench business

(1) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Resolved, That this House believes the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is not adequately fulfilling its role for SMEs across the UK; and urges Government intervention to ensure that all businesses are provided with the financial support they need.—(Owen Thompson.)

(2) The UK Government’s role in ensuring innovation and equitable access to treatment within the international COVID-19 response

Resolved, That this House has considered the UK Government’s role in ensuring innovation and equitable access to treatment within the international COVID-19 response.—(Wendy Chamberlain.)

7Adjournment

Subject: Offshore wind transmission connections (Duncan Baker)

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(James Morris.)

At 5.00 pm, the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 9(3)).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(James Morris.)

Adjourned at 5.27 pm until Monday 9 November.

Other Proceedings

General Committees: Reports

8Environment Bill Committee

Sir George Howarth (Chair) reported written evidence submitted to the Committee.

Written evidence to be published.

9Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] Committee

Mr Laurence Robertson (Chair) reported

(1) written evidence submitted to the Committee; and

(2) the Bill, with amendments.

Written evidence to be published.

Bill, as amended, to be considered on Monday 9 November; and to be printed (Bill 208).

10Tenth Delegated Legislation Committee

Mr Philip Hollobone (Chair) reported the draft Sanctions (EU Exit) (Consequential Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

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).

11Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy Bill Committee

Chair: Ms Angela Eagle

12First Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Defence and Security Public Contracts (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020)

Chair: Sir David Amess

13Second Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Pesticides (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 and draft Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020)

Chair: Steve McCabe

14Third Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Definition of Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods (EU Exit) Regulations 2020)

Chair: Mrs Maria Miller

15Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention, Levy and Safety Net and Levy Account: Basis of Distribution) (Amendment) Regulations 2020)

Chair: Rushanara Ali

16Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Electronic Communications and Wireless Telegraphy (Amendment) (European Electronic Communications Code and EU Exit) Regulations 2020)

Chair: Dr Rupa Huq

17Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Environment and Wildlife (Miscellaneous Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020)

Chair: Philip Davies

18Seventh Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Organic Products (Production and Control) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 and draft Genetically Modified Organisms (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020)

Chair: Peter Dowd

19Eighth Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Public Procurement (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020)

Chair: Mr Philip Hollobone

20Ninth Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Road Vehicles and Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Type-Approval) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, draft New Heavy Duty Vehicles (Carbon Dioxide Emission Performance Standards) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 and draft Road Vehicle Carbon Dioxide Emission Performance Standards (Cars and Vans) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020)

Chair: Christina Rees

Reports from Select Committees

21Backbench Business Committee 

Determination of business to be taken on Thursday 12 November in the Chamber and on Thursday 19 November in Westminster Hall (Ian Mearns).

22Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

(1) Forced labour in UK value chains: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 890);

(2) Correspondence with Rt Hon. Gordon Brown relating to the BiFab contract: Written evidence, to be published;

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

(4) UK Emissions Trading System Common Framework: Written evidence, to be published (HC 890)

(Darren Jones).

23Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee

Black history and cultural diversity in the curriculum: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 893) (Catherine McKinnell).

24Public Accounts (Committee of)

(1) COVID-19: Bounce Back Loans: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 687);

(2) Department for Transport recall: Written evidence, to be published (HC 850);

(3) Home Office recall: Written evidence, to be published (HC 678)

(Meg Hillier).

25Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Data transparency and accountability: COVID-19: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 803) (Mr William Wragg).

26Welsh Affairs Committee

Brexit and trade: implications for Wales: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 176) (Stephen Crabb). 

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

Westminster Hall

The sitting began at 1.30 pm.

Business determined by the Backbench Business Committee (Standing Orders Nos. 10(7) and 14(4))

1Effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on people experiencing baby loss

Resolved, That this House has considered the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on people experiencing baby loss.—(Cherilyn Mackrory.)

Liaison Committee business (Standing Order No. 10(7))

2COVID-19 and food supply

Resolved, That this House has considered the First Report of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, COVID-19 and food supply, HC 263, and the Government response, HC 841.—(Neil Parish.)

3Sitting adjourned without Question put (Standing Order No. 10(14)).

Adjourned at 4.22 pm until Monday 9 November.

Eleanor Laing

Chairman of Ways and Means

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

1Education

Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support etc.) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1203), dated 3 November 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Michelle Donelan)

2Electricity

Electricity Storage Facilities (Exemption) (England and Wales) Order 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1217), dated 4 November 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Kwasi Kwarteng)

3Local Government

Local Authorities (Collection Fund: Surplus and Deficit) (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1202), dated 3 November 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Luke Hall)

4London Government

Greater London Authority (Consolidated Council Tax Requirement Procedure) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1206), dated 3 November 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Luke Hall)

Other papers

5Climate Change

Explanatory Memorandum to the draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 (laid 13 July) (by Command) (Secretary Alok Sharma)

6Companies

Report on Auditors General for 2019–20 by the Independent Supervisor (by Act), to be printed (HC 817) (Secretary Alok Sharma)

7Coroners and Justice

Sixth Report, for 2018–19, and Seventh Report, for 2019–20, of the Chief Coroner to the Lord Chancellor (by Act) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

8Criminal Injuries Compensation

Report and Accounts of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 719) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

9Exiting the European Union (Sanctions)

Explanatory Memorandum to the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 951) (laid 8 September) (by Command) (Nigel Adams)

10Financial Services and Markets

Report and Accounts of the Financial Ombudsman Service for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 758) (John Glen)

11Government Resources and Accounts

(1) Consolidated Report and Accounts of Department for Education for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 865) (Jesse Norman)

(2) Report and Accounts of HM Revenue and Customs for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 891) (Jesse Norman)

(3) Report and Accounts of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 929) (Jesse Norman)

(4) Report and Accounts of Revenue and Customs Digital Technology Services for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 828) (Jesse Norman)

12Housing and Regeneration

Report and Financial Statements of Homes England for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 866) (Secretary Robert Jenrick)

13Income Tax

Explanatory Memorandum to the Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme (Northern Irish Scheme) (Excluded Benefits for Tax Purposes) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1198) (laid 3 November) (by Command) (John Glen)

14Local Government Finance

(1) Levy Account for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 802) (Secretary Robert Jenrick)

(2) Main Non-Domestic Rating Account for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 801) (Secretary Robert Jenrick)

15National Heritage

Report and Accounts of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 846) (Secretary George Eustice)

Withdrawn papers

16Climate Change

Explanatory Memorandum to the draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 (laid 13 July)

17Exiting the European Union (Sanctions)

Explanatory Memorandum to the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 951) (laid 8 September)

18Income Tax

Explanatory Memorandum to the Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme (Northern Irish Scheme) (Excluded Benefits for Tax Purposes) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1198) (laid 3 November)

SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATES

Voting by proxy

*1. New pandemic proxy voting arrangements

The Speaker has certified, under the terms of the Standing Order (Voting by proxy), as amended by the temporary Orders of 23 September 2020 (Proxy voting during the pandemic) and 3 November 2020 (Proxy voting during the pandemic (No. 2)) and extended by the Order of 22 October 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 30 March 2021, unless the arrangement is ended or the House otherwise orders.

* This item has been corrected since publication. See the Votes and Proceedings from 11 November 2020 for details.

Member

From

Proxy

Dawn Butler

09 November 2020

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Lia Nici

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Martin Vickers

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Chris Skidmore

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Florence Eshalomi

09 November 2020

Chris Elmore

Andrea Jenkyns

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Mr Laurence Robertson

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Craig Williams

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

John Lamont

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Jane Hunt

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Victoria Atkins

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Robert Buckland

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Scott Benton

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Matt Hancock

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Daniel Kawczynski

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Nadhim Zahawi

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Chris Philp

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Nicola Richards

23 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Judith Cummins

09 November 2020

Chris Elmore

Karen Bradley

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Alexander Stafford

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Ms Nadine Dorries

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Kemi Badenoch

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Oliver Dowden

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Michael Gove

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Vicky Ford

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Mike Hill

09 November 2020

Chris Elmore

Matt Warman

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

David Mundell

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

James Cleverly

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Nick Smith

09 November 2020

Chris Elmore

Wendy Morton

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Gillian Keegan

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Julie Marson

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Alun Cairns

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Chris Clarkson

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Jesse Norman

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Shabana Mahmood

09 November 2020

Chris Elmore

Alex Burghart

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

George Freeman

09 November 2020

Bim Afolami

Emma Hardy

09 November 2020

Chris Elmore

Ben Bradley

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Nigel Adams

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Helen Whately

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Kit Malthouse

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Stuart C McDonald

09 November 2020

Patrick Grady

Sir Robert Neill

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Robert Jenrick

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Dr Thérèse Coffey

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Rachel Maclean

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Mr Robert Goodwill

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Richard Drax

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Julia Lopez

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Dr Luke Evans

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Elizabeth Truss

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

James Duddridge

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Rebecca Long Bailey

09 November

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Kwasi Kwarteng

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

James Daly

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Caroline Dinenage

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Nigel Mills

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Mr Jack Alister

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Jacob Young

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Andrew Rosindell

09 November 2020

Rebecca Harris

Nigel Huddleston

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Damian Hinds

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Jeremy Quin

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Mark Eastwood

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Grant Shapps

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Brendan Clarke-Smith

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

George Eustice

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew

Jane Stevenson

09 November 2020

Stuart Andrew


2. Variation of existing pandemic proxy voting arrangements

The Speaker has certified, under the terms of the Standing Order (Voting by proxy), as amended by the temporary Orders of 23 September 2020 (Proxy voting during the pandemic) and 3 November 2020 (Proxy voting during the pandemic (No. 2)) and extended by the Order of 22 October 2020, that the following Members have given notice that they wish to amend their proxy voting arrangement. From 9 November:

the nominated proxy for Geraint Davies will be Chris Evans instead of Dawn Butler;

the nominated proxy for Kate Osborne will be Bell Ribeiro-Addy instead of Chris Elmore;

the nominated proxy for Jon Trickett will be Bell Ribeiro-Addy instead of Dawn Butler; and

the nominated proxy for Ian Lavery will be Bell Ribeiro-Addy instead of Kate Osborne.

3. Ending pandemic proxy voting arrangements

The Speaker has certified, under the terms of the Standing Order (Voting by proxy), as amended by the temporary Orders of 23 September 2020 (Proxy voting during the pandemic) and 3 November 2020 (Proxy voting during the pandemic (No. 2)) and extended by the Order of 22 October 2020, that the following Member has given notice that she wishes to end her proxy voting arrangement with effect from when the Speaker takes the Chair on the date specified below:

Member

From

 Debbie Abrahams

 9 November 2020

 

CORRECTION

Monday 2 November 2020

The Speaker's Certificate relating to the variation of an existing pandemic proxy voting arrangement should not have appeared.