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Monday 12 July 2021

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Chamber business

No. 32

The House met at 2.30 pm.

Prayers

1Questions to the Home Secretary

2Statements: (1) COVID-19 update (Secretary Sajid Javid)

(2) Business: Tuesday 13 July (Leader of the House)

3Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Second Reading

Motion made and Question proposed, That the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill be now read a second time.

Amendment moved, to leave out from "That" to the end of the Question and add "this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, notwithstanding the need to ensure legal protections for freedom of speech and academic freedom, because the Bill is a hate speech protection bill which could provide legal protection and financial recompense to those seeking to engage in harmful and dangerous speech on university campuses, including Holocaust denial, racism, and anti-vaccination messages.".—(Kate Green.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

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

Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 48

Ayes: 216 (Tellers: Gill Furniss, Mary Glindon)

Noes: 367 (Tellers: Maria Caulfield, Tom Pursglove)

Question accordingly negatived.

Question, That the Bill be now read a second time, put forthwith (Standing Order No. 62(2)).

Question agreed to and Bill accordingly read a second time.

4Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Programme

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83A(7)), That the following provisions shall apply to the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill:

Committal

(1) The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

(2) Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 23 September 2021.

(3) The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading

(4) Proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on Consideration are commenced.

(5) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

(6) Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

(7) Any other proceedings on the Bill may be programmed.—(David T C Davies.)

Question agreed to.

5Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: Ways and Means

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the charging of fees.—(David T C Davies.)

Question agreed to.

6Statutory Instruments: Motions for Approval

(1) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Coronavirus Act 2020 (Early Expiry) Regulations 2021, which were laid before this House on 21 April, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.—(David T C Davies.)

Question agreed to.

(2) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (Extension of Duration of Non-jury Trial Provisions) Order 2021, which was laid before this House on 26 April, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.—(David T C Davies.)

Question agreed to.

(3) Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)), That the draft Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (Disability Assistance, Young Carer Grants, Short-term Assistance and Winter Heating Assistance) (Consequential Provision and Modifications) Order 2021, which was laid before this House on 17 May, be approved.—(David T C Davies.)

Question agreed to.

7Business of the House (13 July)

Ordered, That, at the sitting on Tuesday 13 July –

(1) the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the name of Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg relating to English votes for English laws not later than one hour after their commencement;

(2) such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments to that Motion selected by the Speaker which may then be moved;  

(3) the business on that Motion may be entered upon and proceeded with at any hour, though opposed; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.—(David T C Davies.)

8Delegated Legislation (Children and Young Persons)

Ordered, That the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 161), dated 18 February 2021, a copy of which was laid before this House on 19 February 2021, in the last Session of Parliament, be referred to a Delegated Legislation Committee.—(David T C Davies.)

9Adjournment

Subject: Relocation of Public Health England to Harlow (Robert Halfon)

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

Adjourned at 10.24 pm until tomorrow.

Other Proceedings

General Committees: Reports

10First Delegated Legislation Committee

Stewart Hosie (Chair) reported the draft European Union and European Union Atomic Energy  Community (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2021.

11Second Delegated Legislation Committee

Graham Stringer (Chair) reported the draft Electricity Capacity (Amendment) Regulations 2021.

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).

12Second Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Electricity Capacity (Amendment) Regulations 2021)

Members: Graham Stringer discharged and Geraint Davies nominated in substitution.

13Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee (draft Road Vehicle Carbon Dioxide Emission Performance Standards (Cars and Vans) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021)

Members: David T C Davies discharged and Maria Caulfield nominated in substitution.

Reports from Select Committees

14Administration Committee

Record of the Committee’s discussions at its meeting on 12 July, to be published (Sir Charles Walker).

15Defence Committee

(1) Protecting those who protect us: women in the Armed Forces from recruitment to civilian life: Second Report, to be printed, with the formal minutes relating to the Report (HC 154);

(2) The treatment of contracted staff for the MoD’s ancillary services: Oral and written evidence taken before the Sub-Committee, to be published (HC 275)

(Mr Tobias Ellwood).

16European Scrutiny Committee

The institutional framework of the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 450) (Sir William Cash).

17Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

(1) Local government and the path to Net Zero: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 34);

(2) Correspondence with the Minister for Building Safety, Fire and Communities: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Clive Betts).

18Public Accounts (Committee of)

(1) Improving the performance of defence contracts: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 185);

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

(3) DWP Employment Support: Written evidence, to be published (HC 177);

(4) Principles of effective regulation: Written evidence, to be published (HC 176)

(Meg Hillier).

19Scottish Affairs Committee

Renewable energy in Scotland: Oral and written evidence, to be published (HC 51) (Pete Wishart).

20Treasury Committee

(1) Net Zero and the Future of Green Finance: Responses to the Committee’s Thirteenth Report of Session 2019–21: First Special Report, to be printed (HC 576); 

(2) Jobs, growth and productivity after coronavirus: Oral evidence, to be published (HC 150)

(Mel Stride).

Lindsay Hoyle

Speaker

Westminster Hall

The sitting began at 4.30 pm.

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

1Research into motor neurone disease

Resolved, That this House has considered e-petition 564582 relating to research into motor neurone disease.—(Martyn Day.)

The sitting was suspended between 5.51 pm and 6.15 pm (Orders, 25 February and 16 June).

2Water safety

Resolved, That this House has considered e-petition 576563 relating to water safety.—(Catherine McKinnell.)

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

Adjourned at 7.12 pm until tomorrow.

Eleanor Laing

Chairman of Ways and Means

Papers Laid

Papers presented and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 9 July 2021 under Standing Orders No. 158 and No. 159:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution 

1Education

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 806), dated 7 July 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Nick Gibb)

2Exiting the European Union (Social Security)

Social Security (Reciprocal Agreements) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 811), dated 6 July 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Justin Tomlinson)

3Financial Services and Markets

Benchmarks (Provision of Information and Documents) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 812), dated 7 July 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (John Glen)

4Town and Country Planning

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 814), dated 7 July 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Christopher Pincher)

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

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

5Financial Services

(1) Draft Capital Requirements Regulation (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (John Glen)

(2) Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) (No. 2) (High-Risk Countries) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 827), dated 12 July 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Jesse Norman)

6Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism

Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Priti Patel)

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

7Merchant Shipping

Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution from Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk and Prevention of Oil Pollution) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 818), dated 5 July 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Grant Shapps)

8Road Traffic

M6 Motorway (Junction 19) (40 Miles Per Hour Speed Limit) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 824), dated 9 July 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Grant Shapps)

9Sanctions

Somalia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI, 2021, No. 823), dated 8 July 2021 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Nigel Adams)

Other papers

10Criminal Appeal

Report and Accounts of the Criminal Cases Review Commission for 2020–21, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 404) (Secretary Robert Buckland)

11Government Resources and Accounts

Report and Accounts of the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales (Wales Office) for 2020–21, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act), to be printed (HC 323) (Jesse Norman)

12National Audit

(1) Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Cross-government: Efficiency in government (by Act), to be printed (HC 303) (Clerk of the House)

(2) Twenty-sixth Report of the Public Accounts Commission: Work of the Commission in 2020 (by Act), to be printed (HC 510) (Mr Richard Bacon)

13National Health Service

(1) Report and Accounts of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for 2020–21 (by Act) (Secretary Sajid Javid)

(2) Report and Accounts of Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for 2020–21 (by Act) (Secretary Sajid Javid)

(3) Report and Accounts of James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for 2020–21 (by Act) (Secretary Sajid Javid)

(4) Report and Accounts of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for 2020–21 (by Act) (Secretary Sajid Javid)

(5) Report and Accounts of Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust for 2020–21 (by Act) (Secretary Sajid Javid)

(6) Report and Accounts of Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for 2020–21 (by Act) (Secretary Sajid Javid)

(7) Report and Accounts of Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust for 2020–21 (by Act) (Secretary Sajid Javid)

(8) Report and Accounts of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust for 2020–21 (by Act) (Secretary Sajid Javid)

14Sanctions

(1) Report under Section 18(2) of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 in relation to the Somalia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (by Act) (Nigel Adams)

(2) Report under Section 46(2) of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 in relation to the Somalia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (by Act) (Nigel Adams)

15Video Recordings

Report and Accounts of the Video Standards Council for 2020 (by Act) (Secretary Oliver Dowden)

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 of 25 March and 16 June 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 22 July 2021, unless the arrangement is ended or the House otherwise orders. 

Member

From

Proxy

Ben Everitt

12 July

Stuart Andrew

Ian Paisley

12 July 

Jim Shannon

Neale Hanvey

12 July 

Kenny MacAskill

Valerie Vaz

12 July

Chris Elmore

Sarah Owen

12 July 

Chris Elmore

Wendy Chamberlain

12 July 

Wera Hobhouse

Maggie Throup

12 July 

Stuart Andrew

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

13 July 

Stuart Andrew

Christian Wakeford

13 July 

Stuart Andrew

Johnny Mercer

13 July

Anthony Mangnall

 

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 of 25 March and 16 June 2021, that the following Members have given notice that they wish to amend their proxy voting arrangement:

From 12 July:

the nominated proxy for Gregory Campbell, Gavin Robinson, Paul Girvan will be Jim Shannon instead of Ian Paisley;

the nominated proxy for Dehenna Davison will be Stuart Andrew instead of Ben Everitt;

the nominated proxy for the following Members will be Wera Hobhouse instead of Wendy Chamberlain:

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Christine Jardine

Daisy Cooper

Layla Moran

Ed Davey

Sarah Olney

Tim Farron

Jamie Stone

Stephen Farry

Munira Wilson

Sarah Green

 

 

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 of 25 March and 16 June 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

Kenny MacAskill

12 July 

Wera Hobhouse

12 July

Carla Lockhart

12 July

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

12 July 

Sammy Wilson

12 July 

Jessica Morden

13 July 

Sir Christopher Chope

13 July 

Greg Clark

13 July