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Votes and Proceedings
Monday 8 March 2021

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Contents

Chamber business

The House met at 2.30 pm.

Prayers

1Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

2Urgent Question: NHS staff pay (Helen Whately)

3Statement: Women’s Health Strategy (Ms Nadine Dorries)

4Housing and Homelessness (Local Accommodation Duty): Motion for leave to bring in a Bill (Standing Order No. 23)

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to place a duty on local authorities to ensure that persons for whom a homeless duty has been accepted are accommodated in the local area, including on discharge into private rented accommodation; to require local authorities to publish annual reports on steps relating to housing demand and supply taken or intended to be taken to meet that duty; and for connected purposes;

That Ms Karen Buck, Robert Halfon, Bob Blackman, Fleur Anderson, Ms Lyn Brown, Siobhain McDonagh, Dawn Butler, Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Feryal Clark and Dame Margaret Hodge present the Bill.

Ms Karen Buck accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 266).

5Ways and Means: Income Tax (Charge): Adjourned debate on the Question proposed on 3 March

Debate resumed (Order, 4 March).

Question again proposed, That income tax is charged for the tax year 2021–22.

And it is declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

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

Ordered, That the debate be now adjourned.—(David T C Davies.)

Debate to be resumed tomorrow.

6Statutory Instruments: Motions for Approval

(1) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2021, which were laid before this House on 1 February, be approved.—(David T C Davies.)

Question agreed to.

(2) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Authority to Carry Scheme and Civil Penalties Regulations 2021, which were laid before this House on 28 January, be approved.—(David T C Davies.)

Question agreed to.

7Changes to membership of select committees

Ordered, That Marco Longhi be discharged from the Environmental Audit Committee and James Gray be added.—(Bill Wiggin, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

8Adjournment

Subject: Flooding caused by disused mineworks in Skewen (Stephen Kinnock)

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

Adjourned at 10.20 pm until tomorrow.

Other Proceedings

General Committees: Reports

9First Delegated Legislation Committee 

James Gray reported the draft Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.

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

Friday 5 March

10Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Broadband and the road to 5G: Government Response to Committee’s Fourth Report: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1256) (Clerk of the House).

11Education Committee

Correspondence with the Permanent Secretary relating to the Department’s use of consultants: Written evidence, to be published (Clerk of the House).

12Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

Legislative scrutiny: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Written evidence, to be published (HC 665) (Clerk of the House).

Reports from Select Committees made on Monday 8 March

13Administration Committee

Record of the Committee’s discussions at its meeting on 8 March, to be published (Sir Charles Walker).

14Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

(1) Cladding Remediation: Follow-up: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1249);

(2) Correspondence from the Minister of State for the Constitution and Devolution relating to local elections: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Clive Betts).

15Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Citizenship and passport processes in Northern Ireland: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1111) (Simon Hoare).

16Public Accounts (Committee of)

(1) COVID-19: housing people sleeping rough: Forty-ninth Report, to be printed, with formal minutes relating to the report (HC 934);

(2) Environmental tax measures: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 937);

(3) Asylum accommodation and support transformation programme: Written evidence, to be published (HC 683);

(4) Correspondence relating to the Committee’s previous Reports: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) COVID-19: Planning for a vaccine (Part 1): Written evidence, to be published (HC 930);

(6) Managing the expiry of PFI contracts: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1114);

(7) Ministry of Justice recall: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1190);

(8) UK Border 2021: Update: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1154)

(Meg Hillier).

17Treasury Committee

(1) Budget 2021: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1196);

(2) Correspondence with the True and Fair Campaign relating to Woodford Investment Management: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Government Actuary’s Department Supplementary Estimates Memorandum 2020–21: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor Supplementary Estimates Memorandum 2020–21: Written evidence, to be published;

(5) Statistics Board Supplementary Estimates Memorandum 2020–21: Written evidence, to be published;

(6) The Financial Conduct Authority’s regulation of London Capital & Finance plc: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1191)

(Mel Stride).

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

Westminster Hall

The sitting began at 4.30 pm.

Debate on an e-petition (Standing Orders No. 10(1)(a) and No. 145A(7))

1Press freedoms and safety of protesters in India

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered e-petition 563473 relating to press freedoms and safety of protestors in India.—(Martyn Day.)

The Chair announced a time limit on backbench speeches (under the authority of the Chairman of Ways and Means and Standing Order No. 47(1)).

At 6.00 pm, the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 10(14)).

2LGBT conversion therapy

Resolved, That this House has considered e-petition 300976 relating to LGBT conversion therapy.—(Elliot Colburn.)

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

Adjourned at 7.45 pm until tomorrow.

Eleanor Laing

Chairman of Ways and Means

Papers Laid

Papers presented and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 5 March 2021 under Standing Orders No. 158 and No. 159:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

1Public Health

Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and Restrictions: All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 247), dated 5 March (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

2Children and Young Persons

Early Years Foundation Stage (Learning and Development Requirements) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 234), dated 3 March (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Vicky Ford)

3Electronic Communications

Communications (Television Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 227), dated 2 March (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Oliver Dowden)

Other papers

4Town and Country Planning

Impact Assessment to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2020 (SI, 2020, No. 756) (laid 21 July 2020) (by Command) (Christopher Pincher)

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 8 March 2021

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

5Church of England (General Synod) (Measures)

(1) Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, entitled Cathedrals Measure (by Act) (HC 1260) (Clerk of the House)

(2) Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, entitled Diocesan Boards of Education Measure (by Act) (HC 1259) (Clerk of the House)

6Exiting the European Union (Financial Services)

Draft Recognised Auction Platforms (Amendment and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (John Glen)

7Senior Courts of England and Wales

Draft Civil Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

8Income Tax

Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 218), dated 5 March (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Jesse Norman)

9Magistrates’ Courts

Magistrates’ Courts (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2021 (SR (NI), 2021, No. 51), dated 3 March (by Statutory Instrument), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

10Pensions

Armed Forces (Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme and Further and Higher Education Commitment Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 226), dated 2 March (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Johnny Mercer)

11Public Health

Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Information for Passengers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 252), dated 5 March (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Grant Shapps)

12Social Security

(1) Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 256), dated 5 March (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Steve Barclay)

(2) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 219), dated 5 March (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Jesse Norman)

Other papers

13Church of England (General Synod) (Measures)

Report by the Ecclesiastical Committee on the Diocesan Boards of Education Measure and Cathedrals Measure (by Act), to be printed (HC 1258) (Clerk of the House)

14National Audit

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local government finance in the pandemic (by Act), to be printed (HC 1240) (Clerk of the House)

15Statutory 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:

Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Information for Passengers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 252) (by Standing Order) (The Speaker)

Withdrawn papers

16Exiting the European Union (Financial Services)

Draft Recognised Auction Platforms (Amendment and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2021, with an Explanatory Memorandum (laid 11 February)

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

Leo Docherty

8 March

Mike Freer

Sammy Wilson

8 March

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Mike Freer

9 March

Stuart Andrew

Adam Afriyie

10 March

Stuart Andrew

Matt Western

12 March

Mark Tami

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:

From 8 March the nominated proxy for Ian Paisley, Carla Lockhart will be Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson instead of Sammy Wilson.

From 9 March the nominated proxy for the following members will be Stuart Andrew instead of Mike Freer:

Nigel Adams

Vicky Ford

Mrs. Maria Miller

Bim Afolami

Kevin Foster

Amanda Milling

Imran Ahmad Khan

Dr Liam Fox

Nigel Mills

Nickie Aiken

Mr Mark Francois

Mr Andrew Mitchell

Peter Aldous

Lucy Frazer

Mr Gagan Mohindra

Lucy Allan

George Freeman

Damien Moore

Sir David Amess

Mr Marcus Fysh

Penny Mordaunt

Stuart Anderson

Sir Roger Gale

David Morris

Stuart Andrew

Mark Garnier

Anne Marie Morris

Caroline Ansell

Ms Nusrat Ghani

Joy Morrissey

Edward Argar

Nick Gibb

Wendy Morton

Sarah Atherton

Peter Gibson

Holly Mumby-Croft

Victoria Atkins

Jo Gideon

David Mundell

Mr Richard Bacon

Dame Cheryl Gillan

Mrs Sheryll Murray

Gareth Bacon

John Glen

Dr Andrew Murrison

Kemi Badenoch

Mr Robert Goodwill

Sir Robert Neill

Shaun Bailey

Michael Gove

Lia Nici

Siobhan Baillie

Richard Graham

Caroline Nokes

Duncan Baker

Mrs Helen Grant

Jesse Norman

Harriett Baldwin

James Gray

Neil O'Brien

Steve Barclay

Chris Grayling

Dr Matthew Offord

Mr John Baron

Damian Green

Guy Opperman

Simon Baynes

Andrew Griffith

Neil Parish

Aaron Bell

Kate Griffiths

Priti Patel

Scott Benton

James Grundy

Mr Owen Paterson

Sir Paul Beresford

Jonathan Gullis

Mark Pawsey

Jake Berry

Robert Halfon

Sir Mike Penning

Saqib Bhatti

Luke Hall

John Penrose

Bob Blackman

Stephen Hammond

Chris Philp

Crispin Blunt

Matt Hancock

Christopher Pincher

Mr Peter Bone

Greg Hands

Dr Dan Poulter

Andrew Bowie

Mr Mark Harper

Rebecca Pow

Karen Bradley

Rebecca Harris

Victoria Prentis

Ben Bradley

Trudy Harrison

Mark Pritchard

Suella Braverman

Simon Hart

Tom Pursglove

Jack Brereton

Sally-Ann Hart

Jeremy Quin

Andrew Bridgen

Sir John Hayes

Will Quince

Steve Brine

Sir Oliver Heald

Dominic Raab

Paul Bristow

James Heappey

Tom Randall

Sara Britcliffe

Chris Heaton-Harris

John Redwood

James Brokenshire

Gordon Henderson

Nicola Richards

Anthony Browne

Darren Henry

Angela Richardson

Fiona Bruce

Damian Hinds

Rob Roberts

Felicity Buchan

Simon Hoare

Mr Laurence Robertson

Robert Buckland

Kevin Hollinrake

Mary Robinson

Alex Burghart

Adam Holloway

Andrew Rosindell

Conor Burns

Paul Holmes

Douglas Ross

Rob Butler

Paul Howell

Lee Rowley

Alun Cairns

John Howell

Dean Russell

Andy Carter

Nigel Huddleston

Selaine Saxby

James Cartlidge

Dr Neil Hudson

Paul Scully

Sir William Cash

Eddie Hughes

Bob Seely

Miriam Cates

Jane Hunt

Andrew Selous

Alex Chalk

Jeremy Hunt

Grant Shapps

Rehman Chishti

Mr Alister Jack

Alok Sharma

Jo Churchill

Sajid Javid

Alec Shelbrooke

Greg Clark

Mr Ranil Jayawardena

David Simmonds

Theo Clarke

Sir Bernard Jenkin

Chris Skidmore

Mr Simon Clarke

Mark Jenkinson

Chloe Smith

Brendan Clarke-Smith

Andrea Jenkyns

Royston Smith

Chris Clarkson

Robert Jenrick

Julian Smith

James Cleverly

Dr Caroline Johnson

Henry Smith

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

Gareth Johnson

Greg Smith

Dr Therese Coffey

Boris Johnson

Amanda Solloway

Elliot Colburn

David Johnston

Dr Ben Spencer

Damian Collins

Fay Jones

Alexander Stafford

Alberto Costa

Mr David Jones

Andrew Stephenson

Robert Courts

Andrew Jones

Jane Stevenson

Claire Coutinho

Mr Marcus Jones

John Stevenson

Mr Geoffrey Cox

Simon Jupp

Iain Stewart

Stephen Crabb

Daniel Kawczynski

Bob Stewart

Virginia Crosbie

Alicia Kearns

Sir Gary Streeter

Tracey Crouch

Gillian Keegan

Mel Stride

James Daly

Sir Greg Knight

Graham Stuart

Mims Davies

Julian Knight

Julian Sturdy

Gareth Davies

Danny Kruger

Rishi Sunak

Philip Davies

Kwasi Kwarteng

James Sunderland

Dr James Davies

John Lamont

Sir Robert Syms

David T C Davies

Robert Largan

Derek Thomas

Mr David Davis

Andrea Leadsom

Maggie Throup

Caroline Dinenage

Sir Edward Leigh

Edward Timpson

Miss Sarah Dines

Ian Levy

Kelly Tolhurst

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

Andrew Lewer

Justin Tomlinson

Leo Docherty

Brandon Lewis

Michael Tomlinson

Michelle Donelan

Dr Julian Lewis

Craig Tracey

Ms Nadine Dorries

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Steve Double

Mark Logan

Laura Trott

Oliver Dowden

Marco Longhi

Elizabeth Truss

Jackie Doyle-Price

Julia Lopez

Tom Tugendhat

Richard Drax

Jack Lopresti

Mr Shailesh Vara

Mrs Flick Drummond

Mr Jonathan Lord

Martin Vickers

James Duddridge

Tim Loughton

Theresa Villiers

David Duguid

Craig Mackinlay

Mr Robin Walker

Sir Iain Duncan Smith

Cherilyn Mackrory

Dr Ben Wallace

Philip Dunne

Rachel Maclean

Dr Jamie Wallis

Mark Eastwood

Alan Mak

David Warburton

Ruth Edwards

Kit Malthouse

Matt Warman

Jonathan Edwards

Scott Mann

Giles Watling

Michael Ellis

Julie Marson

Suzanne Webb

Mr Tobias Ellwood

Mrs Theresa May

Helen Whately

Mrs Natalie Elphicke

Jerome Mayhew

Mrs Heather Wheeler

George Eustice

Paul Maynard

Craig Whittaker

Dr Luke Evans

Jason McCartney

Mr John Whittingdale

Sir David Evennett

Karl McCartney

Bill Wiggin

Michael Fabricant

Stephen McPartland

James Wild

Laura Farris

Esther McVey

Craig Williams

Simon Fell

Mark Menzies

Gavin Williamson

Margaret Ferrier

Johnny Mercer

Mike Wood

Katherine Fletcher

Huw Merriman

Jeremy Wright

Nick Fletcher

Stephen Metcalfe

Jacob Young

Mark Fletcher

Robin Millar

Nadhim Zahawi

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

Jeff Smith

8 March

James Morris

8 March

Owen Thompson

9 March

Stuart Andrew

9 March

Bambos Charalambous

9 March

Mark Harper

9 March