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Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 18 March 2021

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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

2Business Question (Leader of the House)

3Statements: (1) Independent Review of Administrative Law Update (Secretary Robert Buckland)

(2) Department of Health and Social Care Update (Secretary Matt Hancock)

4Select Committee statement (Standing Order No. 22D)

Publication of the Eighth Report of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Data Transparency and Accountability, COVID-19: the data underpinning decisions, HC 803 (Mr William Wragg) 

5UK’s commitment to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House notes with concern the reports of a systematic attack in Sri Lanka on democratic governance, the rule of law and human rights including renewed discrimination against the Tamil and Muslim communities; is profoundly concerned that the Sri Lankan Government has refused to investigate accusations of war crimes including by key members of the current government and has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1; welcomes the significant leadership role played by successive UK Governments at the Human Rights Council and urges the Government to provide clear policy direction and leadership to ensure a new substantive resolution is passed at the upcoming Council session in March 2021 that will enable continued monitoring by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and mandate a mechanism to gather, preserve and analyse evidence of violations for future investigations and prosecutions; and calls upon the Government to develop a consistent and coherent policy to assist the Sri Lankan people through its trade, investment and aid programmes, and in its diplomatic and military relations.—(Siobhain McDonagh.)

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

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved, That this House notes with concern the reports of a systematic attack in Sri Lanka on democratic governance, the rule of law and human rights including renewed discrimination against the Tamil and Muslim communities; is profoundly concerned that the Sri Lankan Government has refused to investigate accusations of war crimes including by key members of the current government and has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1; welcomes the significant leadership role played by successive UK Governments at the Human Rights Council and urges the Government to provide clear policy direction and leadership to ensure a new substantive resolution is passed at the upcoming Council session in March 2021 that will enable continued monitoring by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and mandate a mechanism to gather, preserve and analyse evidence of violations for future investigations and prosecutions; and calls upon the Government to develop a consistent and coherent policy to assist the Sri Lankan people through its trade, investment and aid programmes, and in its diplomatic and military relations.

6World Water Day 2021

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered World Water Day 2021.—(Navendu Mishra.)

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

Question put and agreed to.

7Adjournment

Subject: Review of public landmarks in response to recent cultural debates on historical British figures (Gareth Bacon)

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

At 5pm, the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 9(3)). 

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Tom Pursglove.) 

Adjourned at 5.30 pm until Monday 22 March.

Other Proceedings

General Committees: Reports

Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee

Ian Paisley (Chair) reported the draft Direct Payments to Farmers (Reductions and Simplifications) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 and the draft Agriculture (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2021.

Reports from Select Committees

8Backbench Business Committee  

Determination of business to be taken on Wednesday 24 March in the Chamber and Thursday 25 March in Westminster Hall (Ian Mearns).

9Defence Committee

Women in the armed forces: from recruitment to civilian life: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1047) (Sarah Atherton).

10Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

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

(2) Correspondence from the Secretary of State relating to confidentiality clauses in funding agreements: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) The future of the planning system in England: Written evidence, to be published (HC 858)

(Mr Clive Betts).

11International Development Committee

Humanitarian crises monitoring: Ethiopia’s Tigray region: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 1289) (Sarah Champion).

12Public Accounts (Committee of)

(1) Key challenges facing the Ministry of Justice: Fifty-second Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 1190);

(2) COVID-19: Local government finance: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 945)

(Meg Hillier).

13Scottish Affairs Committee

Welfare policy in Scotland: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 889) (Pete Wishart).

14Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill

Armed Forces Bill: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 1281) (James Sunderland).

15Welsh Affairs Committee

Renewable energy in Wales: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 1021) (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))

1Social care reform and the social care workforce

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House has considered social care reform and the social care workforce.—(Barbara Keeley.)

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)). 

Resolved, That this House has considered Social care reform and the social care workforce. 

The sitting was suspended between 2.59 pm and 3.15 pm (Order, 25 February). 

2World Social Work Day 2021

Resolved, That this House has considered World Social Work Day 2021.—(David Simmonds.)

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

Adjourned at 4.08 pm until Monday 22 March.

Eleanor Laing

Chairman of Ways and Means

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

1Energy

Draft Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng)

2Financial Services and Markets

Draft Civil Liability Act 2018 (Financial Conduct Authority) (Whiplash) Regulations 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (John Glen)

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

3Exiting The European Union (Energy)

Proposal for an instrument titled Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Motor Fuel Emissions (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021, with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Act) (Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

4Damages

Civil Liability (Specification of Authorised Persons) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 326), dated 15 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (John Glen)

5Energy

Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Temporary Modification) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 346), dated 17 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng)

6Public Health

Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 10) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 348), dated 18 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

Other papers

7Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

(1) Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minute, dated 18 March 2021, concerning the notification of indemnification to CGI IT UK Limited (by Command) (Anne-Marie Trevelyan)

(2) Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance: Consultation on the government’s proposals (by Command) (CP 382) (Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng)

8Energy

Strategy of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for 2021 (by Act) (Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng)

9European Union (Withdrawal)

Report on the European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks for the period 26 September to 25 December 2020 (by Act) (Chloe Smith)

10Government Annuities

Report and Accounts of the Government Annuities Investment Fund for 2020, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 1252) (John Glen)

11Government Resources and Accounts

Account of Cabinet Office: Civil Superannuation for 2019–20, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 1148) (Jesse Norman)

12Government Trading Funds

Treasury Minute, dated 18 March 2021, for the Patent Office Trading Fund (by Act) (Steve Barclay)

13Health and Social Care

Annual Report of the National Guardian's Office for 2020 (by Command) (CP 375) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

14Justice

(1) Judicial Review Reform: The Government Response to the Independent Review of Administrative Law (by Command) (CP 408) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

(2) The Independent Review of Administrative Law (by Command) (CP 407) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

15Parliamentary Standards

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: The Scheme of MPs' Staffing and Business Costs 2021–22 (thirteenth edition) (by Act), to be printed (HC 1262) (The Speaker)

16Treasury

Treasury Minute, dated 18 March 2021, concerning the Transfer of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Contingent Callable Capital Liability (by Command) (The Chancellor of the Exchequer)

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

Colleen Fletcher

22 March 

Sir Alan Campbell

Mark Tami

22 March 

Sir Alan Campbell

Gill Furniss

22 March 

Sir Alan Campbell

Richard Holden

22 March 

Stuart Andrew

Tom Pursglove

22 March 

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:

From 22 March  the nominated proxy for the following members will be Sir Alan Campbell instead of Mark Tami:

Debbie Abrahams

Mary Glindon

Jessica Morden

Tahir Ali

Kate Green

Stephen Morgan

Rushanara Ali

Margaret Greenwood

Grahame Morris

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan

Lilian Greenwood

James Murray

Mike Amesbury

Nia Griffith

Ian Murray

Fleur Anderson

Andrew Gwynne

Lisa Nandy

Tonia Antoniazzi

Louise Haigh

Charlotte Nichols

Jonanthan Ashworth

Fabian Hamilton

Alex Norris

Paula Barker

Emma Hardy

Chi Onwurah

Margaret Beckett

Ms Harriet Harman

Abena Oppong-Asare

Hilary Benn

Carolyn Harris

Taiwo Owatemi

Mr Clive Betts

Helen Hayes

Sarah Owen

Olivia Blake

John Healey

Stephanie Peacock

Paul Blomfield

Sir Mark Hendrick

Matthew Pennycook

Tracy Brabin

Dame Margaret Hodge

Mr Toby Perkins

Mr Ben Bradshaw

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Jess Phillips

Kevin Brennan

Kate Hollern

Bridget Phillipson

Ms Lyn Brown

Rachel Hopkins

Luke Pollard

Chris Bryant

Sir George Howarth

Lucy Powell

Ms Karen Buck

Dr Rupa Huq

Yasmin Qureshi

Liam Byrne

Dan Jarvis

Angela Rayner

Ian Byrne

Dame Diana Johnson

Steve Reed

Ruth Cadbury

Kim Johnson

Christina Rees

Dan Carden

Gerald Jones

Ellie Reeves

Sarah Champion

Ruth Jones

Rachel Reeves

Feryal Clark

Sarah Jones

Jonathan Reynolds

Rosie Cooper

Darren Jones

Ms Marie Rimmer

Yvette Cooper

Mr Kevan Jones

Matt Rodda

Neil Coyle

Mike Kane

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

Stella Creasy

Barbara Keeley

Naz Shah

Jon Cruddas

Liz Kendall

Mr Virendra Sharma

John Cryer

Afzal Khan

Mr Barry Sheerman

Judith Cummins

Stephen Kinnock

Tulip Siddiq

Alex Cunningham

Peter Kyle

Andy Slaughter

Janet Daby

David Lammy

Nick Smith

Wayne David

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

Cat Smith

Geraint Davies

Clive Lewis

Jeff Smith

Alex Davies-Jones

Tony Lloyd

Karin Smyth

Thangam Debbonaire 

Holly Lynch

Alex Sobel

Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi

Justin Madders

Keir Starmer

Anneliese Dodds

Mr Khalid Mahmood

Jo Stevens

Stephen Doughty

Shabana Mahmood

Wes Streeting

Peter Dowd

Seema Malhotra

Graham Stringer

Jack Dromey

Rachael Maskell

Sam Tarry

Rosie Duffield

Christian Matheson

Gareth Thomas

Maria Eagle

Steve McCabe

Nick Thomas-Symonds

Ms Angela Eagle

Kerry McCarthy

Emily Thornberry

Clive Efford

Siobhain McDonagh

Stephen Timms

Julie Elliott

Andy McDonald

Karl Turner

Chris Elmore

Pat McFadden

Derek Twigg

Florence Eshalomi

Conor McGinn

Catherine West

Bill Esterson

Alison McGovern

Matt Western

Chris Evans

Catherine McKinnell

Dr Alan Whitehead

Yvonne Fovargue

Jim McMahon

Mick Whitley

Vicky Foxcroft

Anna McMorrin

Nadia Whittome

Barry Gardiner

Edward Miliband

Mohammad Yasin

Preet Kaur Gill

Navendu Mishra

Daniel Zeichner

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

Maria Caulfield

22 March 

Sir Alan Campbell

22 March 

David Rutley

22 March 

Michael Tomlinson

22 March 

Bambos Charalambous

22 March 

Chris Loder

22 March 

 CORRECTION

Tuesday 9 March 2021

Item 26 (Other Proceedings) should have read:

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

(1) Government transparency and accountability during COVID-19: The data underpinning decisions:

(i) Eighth Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 803);

(ii) Written evidence to be published (HC 803);

(2) The Work of the Electoral Commission: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 488);

(3) Correspondence from Ed Humpherson relating to Statistical models for awarding grades in 2020: Written evidence, to be published;

(4) Correspondence from Simon Case relating to Cabinet Manual: Written evidence to be published;

(5) Government preparations and contingency planning for local elections in May 2021: Written evidence to be published (HC 1199);

(6) Security and Intelligence Account Supplementary Estimate 2020–21: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr William Wragg).