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Monday 12 April 2021

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Chamber business

Notice given by the Speaker pursuant to Standing Order No. 13 (Earlier meeting of 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 the day of Tuesday 13 April 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 House in certain circumstances) that the House shall meet on Monday 12 April 2021 at 2.30 pm.      

Given under my hand this 9th day of April 2021.

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

The House met at 2.30 pm.

Prayers

1Observation of a period of silence

The House observed a minute's silence in memory of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on 9 April.

2Speaker’s Statement: Tribute to His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 

3Death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Resolved, nemine contradicente, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, expressing the deepest sympathies of this House on the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the heartfelt thanks of this House and this nation for his unfailing dedication to this country and the Commonwealth exemplified in his distinguished service in the Royal Navy in the Second World War; his commitment to young people in setting up The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a scheme which has touched the lives of millions across the globe; his early, passionate, commitment to the environment; and his unstinting support to Your Majesty throughout his life.—(The Prime Minister.)

4Adjournment

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(David Duguid.) 

Adjourned at 10.01 pm until tomorrow.

Other Proceedings

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

Friday 26 March

5Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

Freedom of expression: Written evidence, to be published (HC 979) (Clerk of the House).

6Treasury Committee

Correspondence from the Financial Secretary relating to business rates: Written evidence, to be published (Clerk of the House).

Monday 29 March

7Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

(1) COVID-19 and the issues of security in food supply: Seventh Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 1156);

(2) Environmental land management and the agricultural transition: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1064);

(3) Moving animals across borders: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1155)

(Clerk of the House).

8Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

(1) Correspondence with the Leader of the House of Commons relating to the timing of second reading debates for bills with human rights implications: Written evidence, to be published; 

(2) Correspondence with the Secretary of State for the Home Department relating to asylum detention: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Legislative scrutiny: Espionage legislation: Written evidence, to be published (HC 183);

(4) Legislative scrutiny: Health Service Safety Investigations Bill: Written evidence, to be published (HC 188);

(5) Legislative scrutiny: Mental Health Act reform: Written evidence, to be published (HC 185);

(6) Legislative scrutiny: Renters' Reform Bill: Written evidence, to be published (HC 189)

(Clerk of the House).

Tuesday 30 March

9Environmental Audit Committee

Technological innovations and climate change: tidal power: Written evidence, to be published (HC 982) (Clerk of the House).

10Home Affairs Committee

Correspondence from the Home Secretary relating to international arrivals and COVID-19: Written evidence, to be published (Clerk of the House).

Wednesday 31 March

11Armed Forces Bill (Select Committee on the)

Armed Forces Bill: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 1281) (Clerk of the House).

Thursday 1 April

12Petitions Committee

The Government’s response to coronavirus: Written evidence, to be published (HC 252) (Clerk of the House).

Wednesday 7 April

13Home Affairs Committee

Correspondence from the Home Secretary relating to asylum accommodation at former military sites: Written evidence, to be published (Clerk of the House).

Reports from Select Committees made on Monday 12 April

14Human Rights (Joint Committee on)

Correspondence from the Financial Secretary relating to the Finance Bill: Written evidence, to be published (Ms Harriet Harman).

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

Papers Laid

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

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

Wednesday 31 March 2021

1Exiting the European Union (Animals)

Trade and Official Controls (Transitional Arrangements for Prior Notifications) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 429), dated 30 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

Friday 9 April 2021

2Public Health

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Local Authority Enforcement Powers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 455), dated 9 April 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

Monday 29 March 2021

3Sports Ground and Sporting Events

Football Spectators (2020 UEFA European Championship Control Period) Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 387), dated 23 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Priti Patel)

Tuesday 30 March 2021

4Bee Diseases

Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 420), dated 29 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

5Environmental Protection

Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 422), dated 29 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

6Plant Health

Official Controls, Plant Health, Seeds and Seed Potatoes (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 426), dated 29 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

Wednesday 31 March 2021

7Children and Young Persons

Early Years Foundation Stage (Miscellaneous Amendments) and Childcare Fees (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 432), dated 30 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Nick Gibb)

8Employment and Training

Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 421), dated 29 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Gillian Keegan)

9Town and Country Planning

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 428), dated 30 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Christopher Pincher)

Thursday 1 April 2021

10Civil Partnership

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Conversion of Civil Partnership and Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 440), dated 30 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Priti Patel)

11Customs

Trade Preference Scheme (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 435), dated 28 March 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Greg Hands )

12Public Health

Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 11) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 442), dated 1 April 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Jo Churchill)

Wednesday 7 April 2021

13Public Health

Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 12) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 447), dated 6 April 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Matt Hancock)

Thursday 8 April 2021

14Animals

Official Controls (Exemptions from Controls at Border Control Posts) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 453), dated 8 April 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary George Eustice)

15Education

National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure (Designated Institution in Further Education and Revocations) Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 446), dated 6 April 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Gillian Keegan)

16Public Health

Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Information for Passengers) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 452), dated 7 April 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Grant Shapps)

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

Tuesday 6 April 2021

17Criminal Law

Proposal for an instrument titled Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Freezing Order) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021, with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Act) (Secretary Priti Patel)

Other papers

Monday 29 March 2021

18Capital Gains Tax

Explanatory Memorandum to the draft Double Taxation Relief (Federal Republic of Germany) Order 2021 (by Command) (Jesse Norman)

Withdrawn papers

Monday 29 March 2021

19Capital Gains Tax

Explanatory Memornadum to the draft Double Taxation Relief (Federal Republic of Germany) Order 2021 (laid 15 March)

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 12 April 2021

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

20Pilotage

Scarborough Borough Council (Removal of Pilotage Functions) Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 458), dated 8 April 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Grant Shapps)

Other papers

21Marshall Aid Commemoration

Sixty-seventh Report of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission (by Act) (Nigel Adams)

SPEAKER'S TRIBUTE

Text of the Speaker's tribute to His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh:

We meet today to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who has been at the side of Her Majesty the Queen for more than seven decades, giving his unwavering support both as a husband and as a consort.

Described by Her Majesty as “my strength and stay”, for most of us Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has always been there, providing this nation with a reassuring presence. Whether he was attending with such dignity the formal occasions when the Queen attended Parliament for the state opening, or visiting different places within the UK or in an overseas country, his support and loyalty were always clearly displayed. He was the longest serving consort in history and the oldest partner of a serving monarch. He never let the Queen down.

His passing also marks the end of an era. He was one of the last surviving heroes of the second world war, serving as an officer in the Royal Navy with distinction, and was heavily decorated for his bravery and long service. A qualified pilot, he gained his helicopter wings, became admiral of the fleet for over 50 years and helped to design the royal yacht Britannia. He visited troops in Iraq, travelled with the Queen throughout the Commonwealth and overseas territories, and stepped down from official royal duties only at the age of 96.

Outspoken, with a great sense of humour, he was not afraid of talking openly about issues that were close to him. He will be remembered for his loyal devotion to service and his leadership of hundreds of causes close to his heart. Perhaps his finest achievement was the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which has helped millions of young people around the world to achieve their full potential as team members and future leaders in their chosen fields. As a moderniser and public reformer, he promoted the latest in engineering and design. As a pioneer in the World Wildlife Fund, he travelled widely to secure public interest in nature and its protection.

His sporting interests were wide-ranging. As a sailor, he regularly attended Cowes week for the regatta. He was a cricket enthusiast and player. He also took part in horse riding and performed as a top polo player. He was a winner for Britain, too, at carriage driving, which he took up later in life.

In March 2011, the Duke accompanied the Queen to Parliament for the diamond jubilee celebrations. I had the pleasure of introducing him to groups of Members waiting to greet him. I remember his interest in ties that Members were wearing, particularly if they showed a connection with the armed forces. He also had a special ability to put people at ease.

As we reflect on a life well lived, we should not forget the wide-ranging achievements of Prince Philip: the ambassador, serviceman, scientist, artist, naturalist, committee chairman, traveller and loyal supporter of the United Kingdom, the overseas territories and the Commonwealth. But we should always remember him as a family man: a devoted husband, a father, a grandfather and a great-grandfather. He was, without doubt, the father of the nation. He will surely be missed and impossible to replace.

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 Orders of 22 October 2020 and 25 March 2021, 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 21 June 2021, unless the arrangement is ended or the House otherwise orders. 

Member

From

Proxy

Sir Alan Campbell

12 April 

Chris Elmore

Jeff Smith

12 April 

Chris Elmore

Meg Hillier

12 April 

Chris Elmore

Bambos Charalambous

12 April 

Chris Elmore

Ian Paisley

12 April 

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Sir Robert Syms

13 April 

Stuart Andrew

Liz Twist

13 April 

Chris Elmore

Wendy Chamberlain

13 April 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

John Spellar

15 April 

Chris Elmore

Christian Wakeford

19 April 

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 Orders of 22 October 2020 and 25 March 2021, that the following Members have given notice that they wish to amend their proxy voting arrangement:

from 12 April 2021 the nominated proxy for Gavin Robinson, Gregory Campbell, Carla Lockhart, and Paul Girvan will be Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson instead of Ian Paisley; 

from 12 April 2021 the nominated proxy for the following Members will be Chris Elmore instead of Sir Alan Campbell:

Debbie Abrahams

Kate Green

Jessica Morden

Tahir Ali

Margaret Greenwood

Stephen Morgan

Rushanara Ali

Lilian Greenwood

Grahame Morris

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan

Nia Griffith

James Murray

Mike Amesbury

Andrew Gwynne

Ian Murray

Fleur Anderson

Louise Haigh

Lisa Nandy

Tonia Antoniazzi

Fabian Hamilton

Charlotte Nichols

Jonanthan Ashworth

Emma Hardy

Alex Norris

Paula Barker

Ms Harriet Harman

Chi Onwurah

Margaret Beckett

Carolyn Harris

Abena Oppong-Asare

Hilary Benn

Helen Hayes

Taiwo Owatemi

Mr Clive Betts

John Healey

Sarah Owen

Olivia Blake

Sir Mark Hendrick

Stephanie Peacock

Paul Blomfield

Dame Margaret Hodge

Matthew Pennycook

Tracy Brabin

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Mr Toby Perkins

Mr Ben Bradshaw

Kate Hollern

Jess Phillips

Kevin Brennan

Rachel Hopkins

Bridget Phillipson

Ms Lyn Brown

Sir George Howarth

Luke Pollard

Chris Bryant

Dr Rupa Huq

Lucy Powell

Ms Karen Buck

Dan Jarvis

Yasmin Qureshi

Liam Byrne

Dame Diana Johnson

Angela Rayner

Ian Byrne

Kim Johnson

Steve Reed

Ruth Cadbury

Gerald Jones

Christina Rees

Dan Carden

Ruth Jones

Ellie Reeves

Sarah Champion

Sarah Jones

Rachel Reeves

Feryal Clark

Darren Jones

Jonathan Reynolds

Rosie Cooper

Mr Kevan Jones

Ms Marie Rimmer

Yvette Cooper

Mike Kane

Matt Rodda

Neil Coyle

Barbara Keeley

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

Stella Creasy

Liz Kendall

Naz Shah

Jon Cruddas

Afzal Khan

Mr Virendra Sharma

John Cryer

Stephen Kinnock

Mr Barry Sheerman

Judith Cummins

Peter Kyle

Tulip Siddiq

Alex Cunningham

David Lammy

Andy Slaughter

Janet Daby

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

Nick Smith

Wayne David

Clive Lewis

Cat Smith

Geraint Davies

Tony Lloyd

Karin Smyth

Alex Davies-Jones

Holly Lynch

Alex Sobel

Thangam Debbonaire 

Justin Madders

Keir Starmer

Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi

Mr Khalid Mahmood

Jo Stevens

Anneliese Dodds

Shabana Mahmood

Wes Streeting

Stephen Doughty

Seema Malhotra

Graham Stringer

Peter Dowd

Rachael Maskell

Sam Tarry

Jack Dromey

Christian Matheson

Gareth Thomas

Rosie Duffield

Steve McCabe

Nick Thomas-Symonds

Maria Eagle

Kerry McCarthy

Emily Thornberry

Ms Angela Eagle

Siobhain McDonagh

Stephen Timms

Clive Efford

Andy McDonald

Karl Turner

Julie Elliott

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

Mary Glindon

 

 

from 13 April 2021:

the nominated proxy for Dr Kieran Mullan and Matt Vickers will be Stuart Andrew instead of Robbie Moore; and

the nominated proxy for Daisy Cooper, Sir Edward Davey, Tim Farron, Stephen Farry, Wera Hobhouse, Christine Jardine, Layla Moran, Sarah Olney, Jamie Stone and Munira Wilson will be Mr Alistair Carmichael instead of Wendy Chamberlain.

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 Orders of 22 October 2020 and 25 March 2021, 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

Tom Pursglove

12 April 

Michael Tomlinson

12 April 

Colleen Fletcher

12 April 

Mark Tami

12 April 

Chris Elmore

12 April 

Lee Anderson

12 April 

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

12 April 

Chris Loder

12 April 

Gill Furniss

12 April 

Jim Shannon

12 April 

Sammy Wilson

12 April 

Steven Bonnar

13 April 

Sir Mike Penning

19 April 

Nicola Richards

20 April 

CORRECTIONS

Tuesday 24 November 2020

This item should have appeared after item 37 (Other Proceedings):

Treasury Committee

Correspondence with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury relating to Tax Policy Statement 12 November 2020: Written evidence, to be published (Mel Stride).

Tuesday 23 March 2021

Item 16 (Other Proceedings) should have read:

Edication Committee

(1) Home Education: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 839);

(2) Accountability hearings: Written evidence, to be published (HC 262);

(3) Funding and financial management of schools: Written evidence, to be published (HC 1237);

(4) Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds: Written evidence, to be published;

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

(Robert Halfon).

Thursday 25 March 2021

This item should have appeared after item 15 (Papers Laid):

Statutory 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:

Valuation for Rating (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations (SI, 2021, No. 398) (by Standing Order) (The Speaker)