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Wednesday 6 January 2021

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Chamber business

Notice given by the Speaker pursuant to Standing Order No. 13 (earlier meeting of the House in certain circumstances)

Whereas Her Majesty’s Government have represented to me, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, that the public interest requires the House to meet at an earlier time than 2.30 pm on the 11th day of January 2021 and I am satisfied that the public interest does so require:

Now, therefore, I hereby give notice pursuant to the Standing Order (earlier meeting of the House in certain circumstances) that the House shall meet on the 6th day of January 2021 at 11.30 am.

Given under my hand this 4th day of January 2021.

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

The House met at 11.30 am.

Prayers

1Statements: (1) COVID-19 update (The Prime Minister)

 (2) Educational settings update (Secretary Gavin Williamson)

2Sittings of the House

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 25), That this House, at its rising this day, do adjourn until 11 January 2021.—(Tom Pursglove.)

Question agreed to.

3Business of the House (Today)

Ordered, That, at today’s sitting, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union Documents), debate on the Motion in the name of Secretary Matt Hancock relating to Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 may continue until 7.00 pm, at which time the Speaker shall put the Question necessary to bring proceedings to a conclusion; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.—(Tom Pursglove.)

4Public Health

Motion made and Question proposed, That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 8), dated 5 January 2021, a copy of which was laid before this House on 5 January, be approved.—(Secretary Matt Hancock.)

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

Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 193

Ayes: 524 (Tellers: Maggie Throup, Tom Pursglove)

Noes: 16 (Tellers: Sir Christopher Chope, Chris Green)

Question accordingly agreed to.

5Adjournment

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

Adjourned at 7.10 pm until Monday 11 January.

Other Proceedings

Changes to Notices Given

6Vehicle Registration Offences (Penalty Points) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 29 January, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 12 March.

7Protest (Abortion Clinics) Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 15 January, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 5 March.

8Public Interest Disclosure (Protection) Bill

Order for resuming on Friday 5 March the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 25 September 2020, That the Bill be now read a second time, read and discharged.

Debate to be resumed on Friday 26 March.

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).

9First Delegated Legislation Committee (Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation and Linked Households) (England) Regulations 2020 (England) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1518) and the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1533))

Members: Rushanara Ali, Edward Argar, Chris Bryant, Gareth Davies, Steve Double, Jo Gideon, Mr Robert Goodwill, Kim Johnson, Ian Levy, Justin Madders, Navendu Mishra, Joy Morrissey, Lee Rowley, Royston Smith, John Spellar, Maggie Throup and Matt Western discharged.

10Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Extension of the Relevant Period) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1483))

Members: Miriam Cates, Lucy Powell and Paul Scully discharged and Simon Fell, Kwasi Kwarteng and Dr Alan Whitehead nominated in substitution.

11Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Airports Slot Allocation (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021)

Members: Julie Marson and James Wild discharged and Selaine Saxby and Craig Williams nominated in substitution.

12Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2020)

Members: Nickie Aiken, Scott Benton, Rob Butler, Claire Coutinho, Mrs Flick Drummond, Nick Fletcher, Barry Gardiner, John Glen, Sally-Ann Hart, Christine Jardine, Simon Jupp, Mr Pat McFadden, David Rutley, Jeff Smith, Owen Thompson, Stephen Timms and Mick Whitley discharged.

Reports from Select Committees relating to orders for printing made during the adjournment under Standing Order No. 137

Tuesday 5 January

13Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

The future of UK music festivals: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 886) (Clerk of the House).

14Finance Committee

Record of the Committee’s decisions taken at its meeting on 5 January, to be published (Lilian Greenwood).

15Petitions 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

(Clerk of the House).

Reports from Select Committees

16Future Relationship with the European Union (Committee on the)

(1) Implementing the Withdrawal Agreement: citizens’ rights: Government Response to the Committee’s Second Report: First Special Report, to be printed (HC 1095);

(2) Progress of the negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 203)

(Hilary Benn).

17Health and Social Care Committee

(1) Correspondence with the Secretary of State: Written evidence, to be published;

(2) Safety of maternity services in England: Written evidence, to be published (HC 677)

(Jeremy Hunt).

18Home Affairs Committee

(1) Channel crossings, migration and asylum-seeking routes in the EU: Written evidence, to be published (HC 705);

(2) UK-EU security co-operation: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1087)

(Yvette Cooper).

19Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

(1) Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 767);

(2) Correspondence from the Minister of State for Northern Ireland relating to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Written evidence, to be published (HC 880)

(Simon Hoare).

20Transport Committee

High Speed Two: update: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1105) (Huw Merriman).

21Treasury Committee

(1) Bank of England Financial Stability Reports: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1115);   

(2) Correspondence from the Chancellor relating to procurement during coronavirus: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence from the Economic Secretary relating to Decarbonisation and Green Finance: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Correspondence from the Economic Secretary relating to National Risk Assessment: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) Correspondence from the Permanent Secretary, HM Revenue and Customs, relating to the HM Revenue and Customs Annual Report and Accounts 2019–20: Written evidence, to be published;

(6) Correspondence from the Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury, relating to the work of HM Treasury: Written evidence, to be published

(Mel Stride).

22Work and Pensions Committee

(1) Universal Credit: the wait for a first payment: Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report: Third Special Report, to be printed (HC 1117);

(2) Protecting pension savers—five years on from the pension freedoms: Pension scams: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 648);

(3) Correspondence from Scottish Widows relating to small pension pots: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Correspondence from the Minister for Welfare Delivery relating to The Rent Officers (Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Functions) (Modification) Order 2020: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) Correspondence from the Minister for Welfare Delivery relating to The Universal Credit (Earned Income) Amendment Regulations 2020: Written evidence, to be published;

(6) Correspondence with the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work relating to Motability: Written evidence, to be published;

(7) DWP’s preparations for changes in the world of work: Written evidence, to be published (HC 358);

(8) Measurements of poverty: Written evidence, to be published (HC 854)

(Stephen Timms).

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

Papers Laid

Papers presented and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on undermentioned dates during the adjournment under Standing Orders No. 158 and No. 159:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

31 December 2020

1Exiting the European Union (Agriculture)

Agricultural Products, Food and Drink (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1661), dated 29 December 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

2Exiting the European Union (Road Traffic)

Drivers’ Hours and Tachographs (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1658), dated 31 December 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Grant Shapps)

4 January 2021

3Wildlife

Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Commission Regulation (EC) No 865/2006) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1668), dated 31 December 2020 (by Act), with Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

5 January 2021

4Exiting the European Union (Agriculture)

Organic Production (Organic Indications) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1669), dated 31 December 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

5Public Health

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 8), dated 5 January 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

31 December 2020

6Exiting the European Union (Customs)

Customs Tariff (Preferential Trade Arrangements and Tariff Quotas) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1657), dated 30 December 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Jesse Norman)

7Exiting the European Union (National Health Service)

National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1659), dated 31 December 2020 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Nadhim Zahawi)

8Immigration

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules  (CP 361), dated (by Command), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Priti Patel)

4 January 2021

9Environmental Protection

FLEGT Licensing Scheme (Council Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 2), dated 4 January 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

10Exiting the European Union (Food)

Meat Preparations (Amendment and Transitory Modification) (England) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1666), dated 31 December 2020 (by Statutory Instrument), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

11Exiting the European Union (Sanctions)

Libya (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1665), dated 29 December 2020, with accompanying reports (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Nigel Adams)

Other papers

4 January 2021

12Statutory Instruments (Notification)

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: Libya (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations (SI, 2020, No. 1665) (by Standing Order) (The Speaker)

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

5 January 2021

13Social Security

Proposal for an instrument titled Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2021, with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Act) (Guy Opperman)

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Wednesday 6 January

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

14Financial Services

Short Selling (Notification Thresholds) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 5), dated 5 January 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (John Glen)

15Government Resources and Accounts

Whole of Government Accounts (Designation of Bodies) Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 6), dated 5 January 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Steve Barclay)

16Social Security

Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) (Claimants previously entitled to a severe disability premium) Amendment Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 4), dated 4 January 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Will Quince)

Other papers

17Health and Social Care

Department of Health and Social Care Minute, dated 6 January 2021, concerning the notification of the contingent liability arising from the contract with AstraZeneca/Oxford for COVID-19 vaccine (by Command) (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 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. 

Member

From

Proxy

Karl McCartney

6 January 2021

Stuart Andrew

Theresa Villiers

6 January 2021

Stuart Andrew

Lee Anderson

6 January 2021

Chris Loder

Cat Smith

6 January 2021

Sir Alan Campbell

Greg Clark

6 January 2021

Stuart Andrew

Paul Bristow

6 January 2021

Stuart Andrew

Robert Buckland

6 January 2021

Stuart Andrew

Mr Steve Baker

6 January 2021

Mr Mark Harper

Rebecca Harris

6 January 2021

Stuart Andrew

Helen Hayes

6 January 2021

Sir Alan Campbell

Mark Tami

6 January 2021

Sir Alan Campbell

Stephen Timms

6 January 2021

Sir Alan Campbell

Matt Rodda

6 January 2021

Sir Alan Campbell

Richard Fuller

6 January 2021

Stuart Andrew

Barry Gardiner

6 January 2021

Sir Alan Campbell

Craig Mackinlay

6 January 2021

Stuart Andrew

Leo Docherty

6 January 2021

Stuart Andrew

Steve Brine

6 January 2021

Stuart Andrew

Mike Freer

11 January

Stuart Andrew

Andrew Rosindell

11 January

Stuart Andrew

Tom Pursglove

11 January

Stuart Andrew

 

2. Variation of existing pandemic proxy voting arrangements

The Speaker has certified, under the terms of Standing Order No. 39A (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.

The start date of the proxy voting arrangement for Shaun Bailey will change from 11 January to 6 January.

The end date of the proxy voting arrangement for Ian Levy will change from 11 January to 30 March.

From 6 January:

the nominated proxy for Tracey Crouch, Robert Halfon, Dr Matthew Offord and Andrew Selous will be Stuart Andrew instead of Rebecca Harris; and

the nominated proxy for the following Members will be Sir Alan Campbell instead of Mark Tami:

Debbie Abrahams

Mike Kane

Tahir Ali

Barbara Keeley

Rushanara Ali

Liz Kendall

Rosena Allin-Khan

Afzal Khan

Mike Amesbury

Stephen Kinnock

Fleur Anderson

Peter Kyle

Tonia Antoniazzi

David Lammy

Jonanthan Ashworth

Emma Lewell-Buck

Paula Barker

Clive Lewis

Margaret Beckett

Tony Lloyd

Hilary Benn

Holly Lynch

Clive Betts

Justin Madders

Olivia Blake

Khalid Mahmood

Paul Blomfield

Shabana Mahmood

Tracy Brabin

Seema Malhotra

Ben Bradshaw

Rachael Maskell

Kevin Brennan

Chris Matheson

Lyn Brown

Steve McCabe

Chris Bryant

Kerry McCarthy

Karen Buck

Siobhain McDonagh

Liam Byrne

Andy McDonald

Ian Byrne

Pat McFadden

Ruth Cadbury

Conor McGinn

Dan Carden

Alison McGovern

Sarah Champion

Catherine McKinnell

Bambos Charalambous

Jim McMahon

Feryal Clark

Anna McMorrin

Rosie Cooper

Ed Miliband

Yvette Cooper

Navendu Mishra

Stella Creasy

Jessica Morden

Jon Cruddas

Stephen Morgan

John Cryer

Grahame Morris

Judith Cummins

James Murray

Alex Cunningham

Ian Murray

Janet Daby

Lisa Nandy

Wayne David

Charlotte Nichols

Geraint Davies

Alex Norris

Alex Davies-Jones

Chi Onwurah

Thangam Debbonaire

Abena Oppong-Asare

Tan Dhesi

Taiwo Owatemi

Anneliese Dodds

Sarah Owen

Stephen Doughty

Stephanie Peacock

Peter Dowd

Matthew Pennycook

Jack Dromey

Toby Perkins

Rosie Duffield

Jess Phillips

Maria Eagle

Bridget Phillipson

Angela Eagle

Luke Pollard

Clive Efford

Lucy Powell

Julie Elliott

Yasmin Qureshi

Chris Elmore

Angela Rayner

Florence Eshalomi

Steve Reed

Bill Esterson

Christina Rees

Chris Evans

Ellie Reeves

Colleen Fletcher

Rachel Reeves

Yvonne Fovargue

Jonathan Reynolds

Vicky Foxcroft

Marie Rimmer

Gill Furniss

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

Preet Kaur Gill

Naz Shah

Mary Glindon

Mr Virendra Sharma

Kate Green

Mr Barry Sheerman

Margaret Greenwood

Tulip Siddiq

Lilian Greenwood

Andy Slaughter

Nia Griffith

Nick Smith

Andrew Gwynne

Jeff Smith

Louise Haigh

Karin Smyth

Fabian Hamilton

Alex Sobel

Emma Hardy

Keir Starmer

Harriet Harman

Jo Stevens

Carolyn Harris

Wes Streeting

John Healey

Graham Stringer

Sir Mark Hendrick

Sam Tarry

Mike Hill

Gareth Thomas

Margaret Hodge

Nick Thomas-Symonds

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Emily Thornberry

Kate Hollern

Karl Turner

Rachel Hopkins

Derek Twigg

Sir George Howarth

Liz Twist

Rupa Huq

Catherine West

Dan Jarvis

Matt Western

Dame Diana Johnson

Alan Whitehead

Kim Johnson

Mick Whitley

Gerald Jones

Nadia Whittome

Ruth Jones

Beth Winter

Sarah Jones

Mohammad Yasin

Darren Jones

Daniel Zeichner

Kevan Jones

 

3. 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 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 end their proxy voting arrangement with effect from when the Speaker takes the Chair on the dates specified below: 

Member

From

Michael Tomlinson

6 January 2021

Mr Philip Hollobone

6 January 2021

Ben Bradley

6 January 2021

Matt Vickers

6 January 2021

Sir Graham Brady

6 January 2021

Tom Hunt

6 January 2021

Sir Alan Campbell

6 January 2021

Maggie Throup

6 January 2021

Mr Steve Baker

11 January 2021

Gary Sambrook

11 January 2021

MEMORANDUM

Pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(1), I have rescinded the allocation of the following instruments, made on Thursday 17 December, to the delegated legislation committees cited. 

First Delegated Legislation Committee: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation and Linked Households) (England) Regulations 2020 (England) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1518) and (Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 1533))

Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee: Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2020)