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Business without Debate

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 21 July 2021

Electoral Commission

[Relevant documents: Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, Second Report of 2021, Appointment of an Electoral Commissioner with responsibility for Northern Ireland, HC 522; Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, Third Report of 2021, Re-appointment of an Electoral Commissioner, HC 523.]

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6), and Order, 13 July),

That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will appoint Dr Katy Radford as an Electoral Commissioner with effect from 1 September 2021 for the period ending on 31 August 2025; and that Her Majesty will re-appoint Sarah Chambers as an Electoral Commissioner with effect from 31 March 2022 for the period ending on 30 March 2026.—(David T. C. Davies.)

Question agreed to.

Draft Online Safety Bill (Joint Committee)


That this House concurs with the Lords Message of 19 July, that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on the draft Online Safety Bill (CP 405) presented to both Houses on 12 May.


That a Select Committee of six Members be appointed to join with a Committee appointed by the Lords to consider the draft Online Safety Bill.

That the Committee should report by 10 December.

That the Committee shall have power—

(i) to send for persons, papers and records;

(ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

(iii) to report from time to time;

(iv) to appoint specialist advisers;

(v) to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom; and

That Debbie Abrahams, Damian Collins, Darren Jones, John Nicolson, Dean Russell and Suzanne Webb be members of the Committee.—(David T. C. Davies.)