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Business without Debate

Volume 605: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2016

Deferred divisions

Motion made and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 43A(3)),

That, at this day’s sitting, Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply to the Motion in the name of John Penrose relating to Reform of the Electoral Law of the EU (Reasoned Opinion).—(Kris Hopkins.)

Question agreed to

European Union Documents

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11)),

Reform of the Electoral Law of the EU (Reasoned Opinion)

That this House takes note of Unnumbered European Union Documents, a European Parliament Resolution of 11 November 2015 on the reform of the electoral law of the European Union, and a Proposal for a Council Decision adopting the provisions amending the Act concerning the election of members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage; supports the Government’s initial view that it is not persuaded of the merits of many of the proposed measures, and that a number of the proposals concern issues that should be decided at a national level; further notes that there is a power of national veto in respect of the European Parliament’s Proposal, and that the Government is therefore not committed to agreeing to any of the proposed measures; and considers that the Proposed Council Decision does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity for the reasons set out in annex 2 to Chapter 1 of the Nineteenth Report of the European Scrutiny Committee (HC 342-xviii) and, in accordance with Article 6 of Protocol (No. 2) annexed to the EU Treaties on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, instructs the Clerk of the House to forward this reasoned opinion to the Presidents of the European Institutions.—(Kris Hopkins.)

Question agreed to.

Delegated legislation

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6).


That the draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2016, which was laid before this House on 11 January, be approved.—(Kris Hopkins.)

The Deputy Speaker’s opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred until Wednesday 10 February (Standing Order No. 41A).