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05 February 2020
Volume 671

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On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The Home Office press team told journalists that all the people on a deportation flight to Jamaica were serious criminals. That seems not to have been true, and, as my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham East (Nadia Whittome) said earlier, the Government have not even received the lessons learned report.

The wife of a constituent of mine has said that he is due to be deported in just six days’ time. He was convicted under the now unlawful joint enterprise rule, and was released after two months. His wife fears that this stress will kill him because he has a heart problem. Mr Speaker, how can I get the Home Secretary to take this seriously and to be truthful about the people who are due to be on the deportation flight, so that we can halt it until we establish the true facts of the situation?

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I thank the hon. Lady for giving notice of her point of order. As she knows, it is not a point of order for me personally, but I think that the whole House has sympathy with what she has said, I am sure that Ministers have heard it, and I am sure that someone will look into it as a matter of urgency.

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On a point of order, Mr Speaker. During Prime Minister’s Question Time On 22 January, responding to a question from the Leader of the Opposition, the Prime Minister said:

“Universal credit has in fact succeeded in getting 200,000 people into jobs.”—[Official Report, 22 January 2020; Vol. 670, c. 294.]

Correspondence that I received yesterday from Sir David Norgrove, the chair of the UK Statistics Authority—a copy of which has now been published on the authority’s website—shows that the Prime Minister’s claim was not correct. The 200,000 figure represents the Department for Work and Pensions’ estimate of the predicted impact on employment once universal credit has been rolled out, rather than the effect so far. Please will you advise me, Mr Speaker, on how the Prime Minister could set the record straight?

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I thank the hon. Member for giving me notice of her intention to raise that point of order. It is not a matter for the Chair to police the accuracy of statements in the Chamber, but she has rightly raised the issue, and her opinion has now been put on record. I am sure that there are other ways of raising it if she is still not happy.

Bills Presented

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mike Amesbury, supported by Emma Hardy, Kevin Hollinrake, Ms Marie Rimmer, Justin Madders, Stephanie Peacock, Grahame Morris, Layla Moran, Mrs Sharon Hodgson, Paula Barker, Huw Merriman and Ian Mearns, presented a Bill to make provision for guidance to schools about the costs aspects of school uniform policies.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 13 March, and to be printed (Bill 10).

Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Darren Jones presented a Bill to make provision for the appointment of the Forensic Science Regulator; to make provision about the Regulator and about the regulation of forensic science; to require the Secretary of State to publish an annual strategy on biometric technologies; to enable the Secretary of State to limit the use of such technologies when that is recommended in the strategy; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 24 April, and to be printed (Bill 11).

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies (Environmentally Sustainable Investment) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Anna McMorrin, supported by Jim McMahon, Preet Kaur Gill, Gareth Thomas, Alex Sobel, Rosie Duffield, James Gray, Philip Dunne, Kevin Hollinrake, Alex Chalk, Caroline Lucas and Ben Lake, presented a Bill to enable co-operative and community benefit societies to raise external share capital for the purpose of making environmentally sustainable investment; to make associated provisions about restricting conversion to company status and the distribution of capital on winding-up; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 27 March, and to be printed (Bill 12).

Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Laura Trott, supported by Alberto Costa, Carolyn Harris, Judith Cummins, Jackie Doyle-Price, Caroline Nokes, Sarah Champion, Mr Kevan Jones, Dr Dan Poulter and Laura Farris, presented a Bill to make provision about the administration to persons under the age of 18 of botulinum toxin and of other substances for cosmetic purposes; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 15 May, and to be printed (Bill 13).

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Chris Loder presented a Bill to make provision about the mode of trial and maximum penalty for certain offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 12 June, and to be printed (Bill 14).

National Minimum Wage Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Paula Barker, supported by Mike Amesbury, Mick Whitley, Navendu Mishra, Ian Byrne, Apsana Begum, Kate Osborne, Rachel Hopkins, Beth Winter and Grahame Morris, presented a Bill to make provision about the national minimum wage; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 26 June, and to be printed (Bill 15).

Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Philip Dunne, supported by Theo Clarke, Fay Jones, Caroline Lucas, Scott Mann, Mr Andrew Mitchell, Anne Marie Morris, Stephanie Peacock, Julian Sturdy, Derek Thomas, Sir Charles Walker and Bill Wiggin, presented a Bill to place a duty on water companies to ensure that untreated sewage is not discharged into rivers and other inland waters; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 10 July, and to be printed (Bill 16).

Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Sir Charles Walker, on behalf of Dame Cheryl Gillan, presented a Bill to make provision about substance testing in prisons and similar institutions.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 15 May, and to be printed (Bill 17).

Control of Roadworks Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr Mark Francois, supported by Sir David Amess, Craig Mackinlay and Mr Marcus Fysh, presented a Bill to set penalties for overrunning roadworks; to make requirements regarding the duration, timing and coordination of roadworks; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 12 June, and to be printed (Bill 18).

Mental Health Admissions (Data) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Dr Ben Spencer, supported by Jeremy Hunt, Ms Harriet Harman, Mr Gareth Bacon, Greg Smith and Stephen Timms, presented a Bill to make provision for the collection and publication of statistics on mental health hospital admissions; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 30 October, and to be printed (Bill 19).

British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Bim Afolami presented a Bill to provide the British Library Board with a power to borrow money.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 13 March, and to be printed (Bill 20).

Public Interest Disclosure (Protection) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Dr Philippa Whitford, supported by Peter Grant, Alison Thewliss, Mr Andrew Mitchell, Dr Julian Lewis, Kevin Hollinrake and Wera Hobhouse, presented a Bill to provide protections for whistleblowers; to create offences relating to the treatment of whistleblowers and the handling of whistleblowing cases; to establish an independent body to protect whistleblowers and whistleblowing, in accordance with the public interest; to make provision for that body to set, monitor and enforce standards for the management of whistleblowing cases, to provide disclosure and advice services, to direct whistleblowing investigations and to order redress of detriment suffered by whistleblowers; to repeal the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998; and for connected purposes

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 24 April, and to be printed (Bill 21).

Trade Agreements (Exclusion of National Health Services) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Peter Grant, supported by Dr Philippa Whitford, Paula Barker, Ben Lake, Claire Hanna, Caroline Lucas, Stephen Farry, Neale Hanvey and Joanna Cherry, presented a Bill to exclude requirements relating to National Health Services procurement, delivery or commissioning from international trade agreements; to require the consent of the House of Commons and the devolved legislatures to international trade agreements insofar as they relate to the National Health Services of England, Scotland and Wales and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 26 June, and to be printed (Bill 22).

Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) (No. 2) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Alex Cunningham, supported by Alec Shelbrooke, Chris Stephens, Wayne David, Mike Amesbury, Mike Hill, Bridget Phillipson and Mary Glindon, presented a Bill to prohibit unpaid work experience exceeding four weeks; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 27 March, and to be printed (Bill 23).

Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Liz Twist, on behalf of Mary Kelly Foy, supported by Liz Twist, Ian Mearns, Kate Osborne, Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Mr Virendra Sharma, Claudia Webbe, Ian Byrne, Taiwo Owatemi, Nadia Whittome, Beth Winter and Rachel Hopkins, presented a Bill to impose duties on certain education and training providers in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 13 March, and to be printed (Bill 24).

Registers of Births and Deaths Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr Andrew Mitchell, supported by Kevin Hollinrake, Amanda Solloway, Dame Margaret Hodge, Philip Dunne, Alison McGovern, Alex Chalk, Dr Philippa Whitford, Gary Sambrook, Gillian Keegan and Meg Hillier, presented a Bill to make provision about the keeping and maintenance of registers of births and deaths; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 15 May, and to be printed (Bill 25).

Meat (Grading and Labelling) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Bill Wiggin, supported by Mrs Pauline Latham, Mr Jonathan Lord, James Gray, Ben Lake, Andrew Griffith, Kevin Hollinrake, Mark Pritchard, Andrew Bowie, Mark Menzies, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger and Philip Dunne, presented a Bill to establish a meat grading system incorporating taste and eating quality; to define the term “grass-fed” when used in meat labelling and marketing; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on 29 January 2021, and to be printed (Bill 26).

NHS 111 Service (Training and Clinical Oversight) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Kate Osamor, supported by Feryal Clark, Taiwo Owatemi, Claudia Webbe, Nadia Whittome, Preet Kaur Gill, Florence Eshalomi, Yasmin Qureshi, Navendu Mishra, Apsana Begum, Bambos Charalambous and Tulip Siddiq, presented a Bill to set training standards for NHS 111 service operators; to require NHS 111 services to be overseen by clinical advisors; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 10 July, and to be printed (Bill 27).

Third Sector Organisations (Impact and Support) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Simon Fell presented a Bill to establish a body to assess the benefits and effectiveness of third sector organisations and provide support to such organisations; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 11 September, and to be printed (Bill 28).

Asylum Seekers (Permission to Work)

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Patrick Grady, on behalf of Carol Monaghan, supported by Martin Docherty-Hughes, Kenny MacAskill, Alyn Smith, Patricia Gibson, Anne McLaughlin, Angela Crawley, Richard Thomson, Alan Brown, Kirsten Oswald, Dr Philippa Whitford and Patrick Grady, presented a Bill to make provision for granting permission to work to asylum seekers who have waited six months for a decision on their asylum application; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 27 November and to be printed (Bill 29).