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Business without Debate
22 January 2019
Volume 653

Delegated Legislation

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

Exiting the European Union (Customs) (Guernsey)

That the draft Crown Dependencies Customs Union (Guernsey) (EU Exit) Order 2018, which was laid before this House on 26 November, be approved.—(Jeremy Quin.)

Division 299

22 January 2019

The House divided:

Ayes: 302
Noes: 263

Question accordingly agreed to.

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

Exiting the European Union (Customs) (Isle of Man)

That the draft Crown Dependencies Customs Union (Isle of Man) (EU Exit) Order 2018, which was laid before this House on 26 November, be approved.—(Jeremy Quin.)

Division 300

22 January 2019

The House divided:

Ayes: 304
Noes: 263

Question accordingly agreed to.

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

Exiting the European Union (Customs) (Jersey)

That the draft Crown Dependencies Customs Union (Jersey) (EU Exit) Order 2018, which was laid before this House on 26 November, be approved.—(Jeremy Quin.)

Division 301

22 January 2019

The House divided:

Ayes: 304
Noes: 262

Question accordingly agreed to.

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I remind the House that this vote is subject to double majority voting, first of the whole House, then of constituencies in England.

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

Education

That the draft Higher Education (Fee Limits For Accelerated Courses) (England) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 29 November 2018, be approved.—(Jeremy Quin.)

Division 302

22 January 2019

The House divided:

Ayes: 301
Noes: 223
Votes cast by Members for constituencies in England:
Ayes: 269
Noes: 200

Question accordingly agreed to.

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

Exiting the European Union (Intellectual Property)

That the draft Intellectual Property (Exhaustion of Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which were laid before this House on 27 November 2018, be approved.—(Jeremy Quin.)

Division 303

22 January 2019

The House divided:

Ayes: 303
Noes: 266

Question accordingly agreed to.

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

Capital Gains Tax

That the draft Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Austria) Order 2018, which was laid before this House on 3 December 2018, be approved.—(Jeremy Quin.)

Question agreed to.

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On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. During the urgent question on proxy voting and baby leave, I saw you standing behind the Speaker’s Chair, taking a keen interest in the announcement that the House was moving forward in the matter. Was that out of personal interest, or the wider interests of the House and its Members?

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That is the most interesting point of order I have ever been asked in my life, and I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for asking it. First of all, he is absolutely right in having noticed my presence in the Chamber—of course I cannot sit on the Benches when Mr Speaker is in the Chair, but a very important matter was being discussed.

I should make it absolutely clear that my personal interest in proxy voting or baby leave is historical. That is probably rather obvious, but it as well to make the point. I am one of those who dealt with giving birth to my son when there was no such helpful support from the House, the House authorities or anyone else for that matter. I therefore have every sympathy with those who are going through such matters at present. My son was born one week after the 2001 general election, and that was not easy to navigate, because there is no such thing as maternity leave on election day.

The hon. Gentleman was right in the latter part of his point—my interest now is general. It is very important that we make this House work as a reflection of the society that we represent throughout the whole country. That means understanding that producing the next generation is an important and necessary duty, which has to be done by women at the same time as they are doing other things. I am very grateful to him for having noticed my presence, because I thought I was invisible. I should say, while I am waxing lyrical, which I should not be from the Chair, that the hon. Gentleman and his Committee have done a wonderful piece of work on this important matter.

I apologise for the delay. We now come to the petition.