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Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 25 February 2021

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Contents

Chamber business

The House met at 9.30 am.

Prayers

1Electoral Commission (Answer to Address)

The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That the Address of 18 November 2020, praying that Her Majesty will re-appoint Dame Susan Bruce DBE as an Electoral Commissioner with effect from 1 January 2021 for the period ending on 31 December 2023; and Dame Elan Closs Stephens DBE as an Electoral Commissioner with effect from 13 March 2021 for the period ending on 12 March 2025, was presented to Her Majesty, who was graciously pleased to comply with the request.

2Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Answer to Address)

The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That the Address of 16 December 2020, praying that Her Majesty will appoint Helen Jones to the office of ordinary member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority with effect from 1 January 2021 for the period ending on 31 December 2025; and that Her Majesty will re-appoint Sir Robert Owen to the office of ordinary member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority with effect from 1 January 2021 for the period ending on 31 December 2023, was presented to Her Majesty, who was graciously pleased to comply with the request.

3Electoral Commission (Answer to Address)

The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That the Address of 20 January 2021, praying that Her Majesty will appoint Alexander Attwood as an Electoral Commissioner with effect from 1 February 2021 for the period ending on 31 January 2024, was presented to Her Majesty, who was graciously pleased to comply with the request.

4Questions to the Secretary of State for International Trade

5Business Question (Leader of the House)

6Statements: (1) Education return and the awarding of qualifications in 2021 (Secretary Gavin Williamson)

(2) Rough sleeping (Secretary Robert Jenrick) 

7Select Committee Statement (Standing Order No. 22D)

Publication of the Third Report from the Environmental Audit Committee, Growing back better: putting nature and net zero at the heart of the economic recovery, HC 347 (Philip Dunne)

8Backbench Business

(1) Proposal for a national education route map for schools and colleges in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered the proposal for a national education route map for schools and colleges in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.—(Steve Brine.)

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

Question put and agreed to.

(2) Welsh affairs

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered Welsh affairs.—(Kevin Brennan.)

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

Question put and agreed to. 

9Sittings in Westminster Hall during the pandemic

Ordered, That the following provisions shall be made and have effect from 8 March until 30 March:

(1) The Order of the House of 23 September 2020 (Sittings in Westminster Hall (Resumption)) is hereby rescinded.

(2) Sittings in Westminster Hall shall be held in a Committee Room designated for the purpose by the Chairman of Ways and Means.

(3) Members may participate in proceedings in Westminster Hall by electronic means under arrangements approved by the Chairman of Ways and Means, and such arrangements may include provision about the arrangement and timing of debates, including alteration of the times referred to in Standing Order No. 10 (Sittings in Westminster Hall) at which sittings are scheduled to begin or end.

(4) The Chair of a sitting in Westminster Hall may direct that a sitting be suspended to enable the necessary technical arrangements for virtual participation to be made or on public health grounds; the time taken for any such suspension shall be added to the period of three hours mentioned in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 10 (Sittings in Westminster Hall) in the same manner as a suspension under paragraph (3) of that Standing Order.

(5) The Chair of a sitting in Westminster Hall may limit the number of Members present at a sitting of the House in Westminster Hall at any one time. 

(6) No sitting of the House in Westminster Hall shall take place on a day when a public bill committee is expected to meet for the purpose of hearing oral evidence under the provisions of Standing Order No. 84A(3) (Public bill committees) in the Committee Room designated under paragraph (2) of this Order.—(Mike Freer.)

10Adjournment

Subject: UK alcohol duty system (Douglas Ross)

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mike Freer.) 

Adjourned at 5.24 pm until Monday 1 March.

Other Proceedings

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).

11Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee (draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2021)

Members: Andy McDonald discharged and Imran Hussain nominated in substitution.

Reports from Select Committees

12Backbench Business Committee   

Determination of business to be taken on Thursday 11 March in the Chamber (Ian Mearns).

13Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee

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

14Public Accounts (Committee of) 

(1) Ministry of Defence: Improving single living accommodation for service personnel: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 940);

(2) Correspondence from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and The Department for Health and Social Care relating to COVID-19 Vaccine Indemnities: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Correspondence with the National Audit Office relating to the Kickstart scheme: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) COVID-19: Planning for a vaccine (part 1): Written evidence, to be published (HC 930)

(Meg Hillier).

15Scottish Affairs Committee

(1) Universities and Scotland: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 673);

(2) Scotland Office and Office of the Advocate General for Scotland Supplementary Estimate 2020–21: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Welfare policy in Scotland: Written evidence, to be published (HC 889)

(Pete Wishart).

16Welsh Affairs Committee

(1) Railway infrastructure in Wales: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 1044);

(2) Renewable energy in Wales: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1021);

(3) Wales Office Supplementary Estimate 2020–21: Written evidence, to be published

(Stephen Crabb).

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

1Damages

Draft Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

2Electronic Communications

Draft Audiovisual Media Services (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr John Whittingdale)

3Exiting the European Union (Climate Change)

Draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Kyoto Protocol Registry) Regulations 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng)

4Exiting the European Union (Nuclear Safeguards)

Draft Nuclear Safeguards (Fissionable Material and Relevant International Agreements) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Act) (Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng)

5Food

Draft Food and Drink (Miscellaneous Amendments Relating to Food and Wine Composition, Information and Labelling) Regulations 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

6Employment

Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments (Revocation) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 197), dated 25 February 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Steve Barclay)

7Immigration

Immigration (Guidance on Detention of Vulnerable Persons) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 184), dated 23 February 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Priti Patel)

8Plant Health

Official Controls and Phytosanitory Conditions (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 187), dated 24 February 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

9Senior Courts of England and Wales

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 196), dated 24 February 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

10Social Security

Housing Benefit (Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 188), dated 23 February 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Will Quince)

11Town and Country Planning

(1) High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) (Fees for Requests for Planning Approval) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 183), dated 22 February 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Grant Shapps)

(2) High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) (Planning Appeals) (Written Representations Procedure) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 182), dated 22 February 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Grant Shapps)

Other papers

12Supply Estimates, 2021–22

Estimates for which a Vote on Account is required for the House of Commons: Administration for 2021–22 (by Act), to be printed (HC 1167) (The Speaker)

13Civil List

List of new and supplementary pensions granted under the Civil List Act 1972 (by Act) (Kemi Badenoch)

14Health and Social Care

Report of Healthwatch England for 2019–20 (by Act) (Ms Nadine Dorries)

15Northern Ireland

Report of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland for 2019–20 (by Act), to be printed (HC 1207) (Secretary Brandon Lewis)

Withdrawn papers

16Supply Estimates, 2021–22

Estimates for which a Vote on Account is required for the House of Commons: Administration for 2021–22 (laid 22 February)

SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATES

Voting by proxy

1. New parental proxy voting arrangement

The Speaker has certified, under the terms of Standing Order No. 39A (Voting by proxy), as amended by the Order of 3 November 2020, that Suella Braverman is eligible to have a proxy vote cast on her behalf, starting on Monday 1 March and finishing on Wednesday 1 September. The nominated proxy is Stuart Andrew.

2. 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

Maria Caulfield

1 March

Stuart Andrew

Jeff Smith

1 March 

Mark Tami

Sir Alan Campbell

1 March 

Mark Tami

3. 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:

From 1 March

the nominated proxy for Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson and Paul Girvan will be Sammy Wilson instead of Jim Shannon; and

the nominated proxy for the following members will be Chris Elmore instead of Sir Alan Campbell: 

Debbie Abrahams

Mike Kane

Tahir Ali

Barbara Keeley

Rushanara Ali

Liz Kendall

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan

Afzal Khan

Mike Amesbury

Stephen Kinnock

Fleur Anderson

Peter Kyle

Tonia Antoniazzi

David Lammy

Jonathan Ashworth

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

Paula Barker

Clive Lewis

Margaret Beckett

Tony Lloyd

Hilary Benn

Holly Lynch

Mr Clive Betts

Justin Madders

Olivia Blake

Mr Khalid Mahmood

Paul Blomfield

Shabana Mahmood

Tracy Brabin

Seema Malhotra

Mr Ben Bradshaw

Rachael Maskell

Kevin Brennan

Christian Matheson

Ms Lyn Brown

Steve McCabe

Chris Bryant

Kerry McCarthy

Ms Karen Buck

Siobhain McDonagh

Liam Byrne

Andy McDonald

Ian Byrne

Pat McFadden

Ruth Cadbury

Conor McGinn

Dan Carden

Alison McGovern

Sarah Champion

Catherine McKinnell

Feryal Clark

Jim McMahon

Rosie Cooper

Anna McMorrin

Yvette Cooper

Edward Miliband

Neil Coyle

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

Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi

Taiwo Owatemi

Anneliese Dodds

Sarah Owen

Stephen Doughty

Stephanie Peacock

Peter Dowd

Matthew Pennycook

Jack Dromey

Mr Toby Perkins

Rosie Duffield

Jess Phillips

Maria Eagle

Bridget Phillipson

Ms Angela Eagle

Luke Pollard

Clive Efford

Lucy Powell

Julie Elliott

Yasmin Qureshi

Florence Eshalomi

Angela Rayner

Bill Esterson

Steve Reed

Chris Evans

Christina Rees

Yvonne Fovargue

Ellie Reeves

Vicky Foxcroft

Rachel Reeves

Gill Furniss

Jonathan Reynolds

Barry Gardiner

Ms Marie Rimmer

Preet Kaur Gill

Matt Rodda

Mary Glindon

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

Kate Green

Naz Shah

Margaret Greenwood

Mr Virendra Sharma

Lilian Greenwood

Mr Barry Sheerman

Nia Griffith

Tulip Siddiq

Andrew Gwynne

Andy Slaughter

Louise Haigh

Nick Smith

Fabian Hamilton

Cat Smith

Emma Hardy

Karin Smyth

Ms Harriet Harman

Alex Sobel

Carolyn Harris

Keir Starmer

Helen Hayes

Jo Stevens

John Healey

Wes Streeting

Sir Mark Hendrick

Graham Stringer

Mike Hill

Sam Tarry

Dame Margaret Hodge

Gareth Thomas

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Nick Thomas-Symonds

Kate Hollern

Emily Thornberry

Rachel Hopkins

Stephen Timms

Sir George Howarth

Karl Turner

Dr Rupa Huq

Derek Twigg

Dan Jarvis

Catherine West

Dame Diana Johnson

Dr Alan Whitehead

Kim Johnson

Mick Whitley

Gerald Jones

Nadia Whittome

Ruth Jones

Beth Winter

Sarah Jones

Mohammad Yasin

Darren Jones

Daniel Zeichner

Mr Kevan Jones

 

 

4. 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

Suella Braverman

26 February 

Chris Elmore

1 March 

Maggie Throup

1 March 

Mark Tami

1 March 

Colleen Fletcher

1 March 

Liz Twist

1 March