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Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 27 January 2021

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Chamber business

The House met at 11.30 am.

Prayers

1Questions to (1) the Secretary of State for Scotland

(2) the Prime Minister

2Urgent Question: Potential imposition of sanctions on the Russian Federation following the arrest of Alexei Navalny and others (Wendy Morton)

3Statements: (1) COVID-19 update (The Prime Minister)

(2) Health measures at the border (Secretary Priti Patel)

4Deferred Divisions

The Deputy Speaker announced the results of the Division which had been deferred to this day (Standing Order No. 41A).

That the draft West Yorkshire Combined Authority (Election of Mayor and Functions) Order 2021, which was laid before this House on 17 December 2020, be approved. 

Division No. 218

Ayes: 553

Noes: 2

Question accordingly agreed to.

5Ministerial Interests (Emergency Powers): Motion for leave to bring in a Bill (Standing Order No. 23)

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require a Minister to make an oral statement to Parliament if a contract is awarded under emergency statutory powers to a person in whom, or a company in which, a Minister has a personal, political or financial interest;

That Owen Thompson, Dan Carden, Deidre Brock, Liz Saville Roberts, Wendy Chamberlain, Caroline Lucas, Stephen Farry, Claire Hanna, Jim Shannon, Patrick Grady, Alyn Smith and Richard Thomson present the Bill.

Owen Thompson accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 247).

6Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill: Programme (No. 2)

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83A(7)), That the following provisions shall apply to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 5 October 2020 (Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (Programme)):  

Consideration of Lords Amendments  

(1) Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after their commencement.  

Subsequent stages  

(2) Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.  

(3) The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.—(Rebecca Harris.)

Question agreed to.

7Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill: Consideration of Lords Amendments

Lords Amendment 1

Motion made and Question put, That the House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment 1.—(The Solicitor General.)

The House divided.

Division No. 219

Ayes: 367 (Tellers: James Morris, Leo Docherty)

Noes: 265 (Tellers: Gill Furniss, Colleen Fletcher)

Question agreed to.

Lords Amendment 1 accordingly disagreed to.

Lords Amendment 2

Motion made and Question put, That the House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment 2.—(The Solicitor General.)

The House divided.

Division No. 220

Ayes: 363 (Tellers: Leo Docherty, James Morris)

Noes: 267 (Tellers: Colleen Fletcher, Gill Furniss)

Question agreed to.

Lords Amendment 2 accordingly disagreed to.

Lords Amendment 3

Motion made and Question put, That the House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment 3.—(The Solicitor General.)

The House divided.

Division No. 221

Ayes: 367 (Tellers: James Morris, Leo Docherty)

Noes: 265 (Tellers: Gill Furniss, Colleen Fletcher)

Question agreed to.

Lords Amendment 3 accordingly disagreed to.

As it was more than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Lords Amendments to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill, the Deputy Speaker put the Questions necessary to bring proceedings to a conclusion (Programme Order, today).

The following Questions were put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83F):

(1) That Amendment (b) be made to Lords Amendment 5 (Question on any amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to a Lords Amendment).—(The Solicitor General.)

The House divided.

Division No. 222

Ayes: 366 (Tellers: James Morris, Leo Docherty)

Noes: 265 (Tellers: Colleen Fletcher, Gill Furniss)

Question accordingly agreed to.

(2) That Lords Amendment 5, as amended, be agreed to (Question on a Lords Amendment to which an amendment has been moved by a Minister of the Crown).—(The Solicitor General.)

Question agreed to.

(3) That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment 4 (Question on any motion moved by a Minister of the Crown to disagree with a Lords Amendment).—(The Solicitor General.)

The House divided.

Division No. 223

Ayes: 361 (Tellers: Leo Docherty, James Morris)

Noes: 267 (Tellers: Gill Furniss, Colleen Fletcher)

Question agreed to.

Lords Amendment 4 accordingly disagreed to.

(4) That this House agrees with the Lords in their Amendments 6 to14 (Single Question to agree with all remaining Lords Amendments).—(The Solicitor General.)

Question agreed to.

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83H(2)), That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments 1, 2, 3 and 4 to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill.

That the Solicitor General, Paul Holmes, David Linden, Tom Pursglove and Mark Tami be members of the Committee. 

That the Solicitor General be the Chair of the Committee.

That three be the quorum of the Committee.

That the Committee do withdraw immediately.—(Rebecca Harris.)

Question agreed to.

8Medicines and Medical Devices Bill: Programme (No. 3)

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83A(7)), That the following provisions shall apply to the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 2 March 2020 (Medicines and Medical Devices Bill (Programme)), as amended by the Order of 22 April 2020 (Medicines and Medical Devices Bill (Programme) (No. 2)):

Consideration of Lords Amendments

(1) Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after their commencement.

Subsequent stages

(2) Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

(3) The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.—(Rebecca Harris.)

Question agreed to.

9Medicines and Medical Devices Bill: Consideration of Lords Amendments

The Deputy Speaker announced that Lords Amendments 1 and 54 engaged Commons financial privilege.

Lords Amendment 1 agreed to, with Commons financial privilege waived.

Lords Amendments 2 and 3 disagreed to.

Lords Amendments 4 to 10 agreed to.

Lords Amendment 11

Amendments (a) to (d) made.

Lords Amendment 11, as amended, agreed to.

Lords Amendments 12 to 14 disagreed to.

Lords Amendments 15 to 21 agreed to.

Lords Amendment 22

Amendments (a) to (c) made.

Lords Amendment 22, as amended, agreed to.

Lords Amendments 23 to 25 disagreed to.

Lords Amendments 26 to 29 agreed to.

Lords Amendment 30 disagreed to.

Lords Amendment 31 agreed to.

Lords Amendment 32

Amendments (a) to (c) made.

Amendment 32, as amended, agreed to.

Lords Amendments 33 to 39 agreed to.

Lords Amendment 40 disagreed to.

Lords Amendments 41 to 47 agreed to.

Lords Amendments 48 to 50 disagreed to.

Amendments (a) to (c) made in lieu of Lords Amendments 2, 3, 12 to 14, 23 to 25, 30, 40 and 48 to 50.

Lords Amendments 51 to 56 agreed to, with Commons financial privilege being waived in respect of Lords Amendment 54.

Title accordingly amended as follows:

A Bill to make provision about a Commissioner for Patient Safety in relation to human medicines and medical devices; confer power to amend or supplement the law relating to human medicines, veterinary medicines and medical devices; make provision about the enforcement of regulations, and the protection of health and safety, in relation to medical devices; and for connected purposes. 

10Statutory Instruments: Motions for Approval

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 15), dated 7 January 2021, a copy of which was laid before this House on 8 January, be approved.—(Rebecca Harris.)

Question agreed to.

11Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (Reasons Committee)

The Solicitor General reported that the Committee had agreed the following Reasons:

Lords Amendment 1 

Because the Commons consider that this Amendment would cast doubt on whether belief need be reasonable for the purposes of other authorisations under Part 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000). 

Lords Amendment 2 

Because the Commons consider specifying types of conduct which criminal conduct authorisations could not authorise on the face of Part 2 of RIPA would place sources, and the wider public, at risk. 

Lords Amendment 3

Because the Commons consider it is inappropriate to create an exception to the effect of criminal conduct authorisations.

Lords Amendment 4

Because the Commons consider aspects of the safeguards for juveniles and vulnerable individuals provided for by this Amendment to be unworkable. 

The Reasons were agreed to.

12Adjournment

Subject: Support for golf tourism (Wendy Chamberlain)

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Rebecca Harris.) 

Adjourned at 8.40 pm until tomorrow.

Other Proceedings

General Committees: Reports

13Registers of Births and Deaths Bill Committee

Esther McVey (Chair) reported the Bill without amendment.

Bill, not amended, to be considered tomorrow.

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).

14Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill Committee

Chair: Dame Angela Eagle

Members: Fleur Anderson, Sarah Champion, Dr Luke Evans, Rebecca Harris, Tom Hunt, Fay Jones, Ben Lake, Chris Loder, Kerry McCarthy, Christian Matheson, Robbie Moore, Neil Parish, Luke Pollard, Victoria Prentis, Jane Stevenson, Mrs Heather Wheeler and Daniel Zeichner

15First Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Government of Wales Act 2006 (Amendment) Order 2021)

Chair: Mrs Maria Miller

Members: Stuart Andrew, Sarah Atherton, Maria Caulfield, Wendy Chamberlain, Neil Coyle, Alex Davies-Jones, David T C Davies, Laura Farris, Gerald Jones, Mr Marcus Jones, Ben Lake, Scott Mann, James Morris, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Dean Russell, David Rutley and Jeff Smith

16Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Local Government Finance Act 1988 (Non-Domestic Rating Multipliers) (England) Order 2021)

Chair: Dr Rupa Huq

Members: Stuart Andrew, Olivia Blake, Maria Caulfield, Claire Coutinho, David T C Davies, Mike Hill, Mr Marcus Jones, Scott Mann, James Morris, Dr Kieran Mullan, Charlotte Nichols, Jesse Norman, Taiwo Owatemi, Bridget Phillipson, David Rutley, Andy Slaughter and Jeff Smith

Reports from Select Committees

* This item has been corrected since publication. See the Votes and Proceedings from 1 February 2020 for details.

17Education Committee

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

18Environmental Audit Committee

(1) Technological innovations and climate change: tidal power: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 982);

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

(3) Green jobs and the just transition: Written evidence, to be published (HC 903)

(Philip Dunne).

19Home Affairs Committee

(1) Police conduct and complaints: Oral and part of the written evidence, to be published (HC 706);

(2) Home Office preparedness for COVID-19 (coronavirus): Written evidence, to be published (HC 232);

(3) The Windrush Compensation Scheme: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1013)

(Yvette Cooper).

20Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

The Government’s Independent Human Rights Act Review: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1161) (Ms Harriet Harman).

21International Trade Committee

(1) Digital trade and data: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1096);

(2) Correspondence from the Minister of State for Trade Policy: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence with the Secretary of State relating to trade agreement scrutiny: Written evidence, to be published

(Angus Brendan MacNeil).

22Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

(1) Work of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 264);

(2) Cross-border co-operation on policing, security and criminal justice after Brexit: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 766);

(3) UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Written evidence, to be published (HC 880)

(Simon Hoare).

23Procedure Committee

(1) Procedure under coronavirus restrictions: Government Responses to the Committee’s Sixth and Seventh Reports: Fourth Special Report, to be printed (HC 1165);

(2) Procedure under coronavirus restrictions: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 300)

(Karen Bradley).

24Science and Technology Committee

UK science, research and technology capability and influence in global disease outbreaks: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 136) (Greg Clark).

25Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee on)

Thirty-eighth Report, to be printed (HC 75-xxxviii) (Jessica Morden).

26Statutory Instruments (Select Committee on)

Thirty-first Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 73-xxxi) (Jessica Morden).

27Transport Committee

COVID-19 outbreak at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1181) (Huw Merriman).

28Treasury Committee

(1) Future of financial services: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 1158);

(2) Correspondence from the Chief Executive and Chief Ombudsman at the Financial Ombudsman Service: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) UK’s economic and trading relationship with the EU: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1140)

(Mel Stride).

29Welsh Affairs Committee

Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Wales: Written evidence, to be published (HC 96) (Stephen Crabb).

30Work and Pensions Committee

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

(2) Disability employment gap: Written evidence, to be published (HC 957);

(3) DWP’s response to the coronavirus outbreak: Written evidence, to be published (HC 178)

(Stephen Timms).

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

1Exiting the European Union (Electronic Information)

Framework for the Free Flow of Non-Personal Data (Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 83), dated 26 January 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr John Whittingdale)

Other papers

Exiting the European Union (Road Traffic)

Explanatory Memorandum to the Drivers’ Hours and Tachographs (Temporary Exceptions) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 58) (by Command) (Secretary Grant Shapps)

Withdrawn papers

Exiting the European Union (Road Traffic)

Explanatory Memorandum to the Drivers’ Hours and Tachographs (Temporary Exceptions) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 58) (laid 21 January 2021)

SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATES

Voting by proxy

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

John Spellar

1 February 

Sir Alan Campbell

Matt Vickers

28 January

Chris Loder