Today in Parliament
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
House of Commons
Main Chamber
11:30 Oral Questions Northern Ireland
12:00 Oral Questions Prime Minister
12:30* Ministerial Statement The Prime Minister (Mrs Theresa May)
Leaving the European Union
followed by Ministerial Statement The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Greg Clark)
British Steel
followed by Ten Minute Rule Motion Unauthorised Encampments Bill
Toby Perkins MP (Chesterfield, Lab)
followed by Opposition Day Debate Inequality and social mobility
That this House notes the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ findings that the UK is second only to the United States of America in terms of income inequality among the major world economies in Europe and North America, that the share of income going to the wealthiest one percent of households has nearly tripled in the last four decades and that deaths from suicide, drug and alcohol overdose are rising among middle-aged people; further notes that 1.6 million food parcels were handed out by Trussell Trust food banks last year and child poverty has increased by half a million since 2010; recognises that following the resignation of the entire Social Mobility Commission in November 2017 in protest over the Government’s inaction and a near year-long delay in appointing replacements, the new Commission has found that social mobility has stagnated for four years; considers that the Government’s programme of austerity has decimated social security and led to growing inequality of provision across education, health, social care and housing; further considers that the Government’s austerity programme has caused and continues to cause suffering to millions of people; and calls on the Government to end child poverty, end the need for the use of foodbanks and to take urgent action to tackle rising inequality across the UK and increase investment in public services.
followed by Opposition Day Debate Discrimination in sport
That this House notes with concern that levels of discrimination across sport remain unacceptable; considers that a combination of tougher sanctions against offenders, action by social media companies and better education are key to driving discrimination out of sport; and calls on the Government to hold social media companies to account on this issue.
19:00* Adjournment Debate Suicide in the farming community
Christopher Davies MP (Brecon and Radnorshire, Con)
House of Commons
Westminster Hall
09:30 - 11:00 Debate Negotiations on the UK leaving the EU during the EU extension period
Julia Lopez MP (Hornchurch and Upminster, Con)
11:00 - 11:30 Debate The disclosure of information in pre-trial abuse of process hearings
Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP (Chesham and Amersham, Con)
14:30 - 16:00 Debate Financial and ethical risks of investments in fossil fuel companies by pension funds
Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey MP (Kingston and Surbiton, Lib Dem)
16:00 - 16:30 Debate Achieving quality information and support for adult survivors of child sexual abuse
Sarah Champion MP (Rotherham, Lab)
16:30 - 17:30 Debate The Government report on international education strategy
Adrian Bailey MP (West Bromwich West, Lab)
House of Commons
Public Bill Committee
11:30 Committee Room 12 Wild Animals in Circuses (No.2) Bill
Further to consider the Bill
14:00 Committee Room 12 Wild Animals in Circuses (No.2) Bill
Further to consider the Bill
House of Commons
Delegated Legislation Committees
14:30 Committee Room 9 Second Delegated Legislation Committee
To consider the draft Financial Services (Miscellaneous) (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019
House of Commons
Select Committees
09:30 Committee Room 15 Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Tourism in Northern Ireland
Janice Fault, Chief Executive, Hotel Federation Northern Ireland, Eimear Flanagan, Steering Group Member, Tour Guides Northern Ireland, Colin Neill, Chief Executive, Hospitality Ulster, and Dr Joanne Stuart OBE, CEO, Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance.
09:50 Committee Room 16 International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact
ICAI’s review of CDC’s investments in low income and fragile states
Nick Dyer, Director General for Economic Development, Department for International Development, Graham Wrigley, Chairman, Nick O'Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, CDC Group, Richard Gledhill, Lead Commissioner, and Jonathan France, Team Leader, Independent Commission for Aid Impact.
09:50 Committee Room 8 Women and Equalities Committee
Enforcing the Equality Act: the law and the role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Lucy Hadley, Campaigns & Public Affairs Manager, Women's Aid, and Karen Ingala Smith, Chief Executive, Nia.
10: 05 Thatcher Room (PCH) Work and Pensions Committee
Universal Credit and 'survival sex'
Laura Seebohm, Executive Director, Innovation and Policy, Changing Lives, Dr Raven Bowen, Chief Executive Officer, National Ugly Mugs, Sarah McManus, Chief Executive Officer, A Way Out, and Amber Wilson, Business Development and Marketing Manager, Basis Yorkshire; Helen McDonald, Nordic Model Now!, Blair Buchanan, SWARM, and Niki Adams, English Collective of Prostitutes (at 10.50am).
10:00 Wilson Room (PCH) International Trade Committee
EU trade policy
Roderick Abbott, Senior Adviser on Trade Policy, European Centre for International Political Economy, Iana Dreyer, Founder and Editor, Borderlex news service, and Dr Elaine Fahey, Professor of Law, City, University of London; Luisa Santos, Director for International Relations, BusinessEurope, and Rosa Crawford, Policy Officer, European Union and International Relations Department, TUC (at 11.00am).
10:00 Grimond Room (PCH) Treasury Committee
Impact of Business Rates on Business
Meryl Halls, Managing Director, Booksellers Association, Chris Harris, Group Property & Development Director, John Lewis Partnership, and Sebastian James, Chief Executive, Boots UK; Catherine Gras, Spokesperson for Gas Storage Operators Group and Chief Executive, Storengy UK, Adam Blaskey, Founder, The Clubhouse, Seamus Nevin, Chief Economist, Make UK, and Eleanor Griggs, Land Management Adviser, National Farmers Union (at 11.00am).
14:15 Chelsea Flower Show, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Garden tourism
Richard Barley, Director of Horticulture, Learning and Development, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Philip Barnes, General Manager, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, National Trust, Sue Biggs CBE, Director-General, Royal Horticultural Society, Loyd Grossman CBE, Chairman, Royal Parks, and Anthony Pickles, Head of Tourism Affairs, Visit Britain.
14:30 Committee Room 16 Public Accounts Committee
Emergency Services Network: progress review
Sir Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary, Joanna Davinson, Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer, and Stephen Webb, Senior Responsible Owner, Emergency Services Network, Home Office.
14:45 Committee Room 15 Procedure Committee
Should there be a Commons Budget Committee?
Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP.
House of Lords
Lords Chamber
15:00 Oral Question *Baroness McIntosh of Pickering
To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Office for Environmental Protection to be operational; what its remit will be; and in the interim, which body will ensure compliance with environmental protection legislation and regulations.
15:10* Oral Question *Lord Bruce of Bennachie
To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to introduce British Sign Language into the school examination curriculum.
15:20* Oral Question *Baroness Boycott
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to maintain appropriate standards in the delivery of free school meals.
15:25* Oral Question *Lord Kennedy of Southwark
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the donation rules for political parties.
15:30* Business of the House The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park)
To move that Standing Order 40(4) (so far as it relates to Thursdays) and (5) be suspended until the end of the session so far as it is necessary to enable notices and orders relating to Public Bills initiated by Her Majesty’s Government concerning the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union to have precedence over other motions and orders on Thursdays.
15:30* Debate Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
To move that this House takes note of the 20th anniversary of devolution in the United Kingdom and the role of the devolved administrations in the governance of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
House of Lords
Lords Committees
10:00 Committee Room 2 EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee
Implementation and enforcement of the EU landing obligation
(at 10:30 AM) Mr Tom Robertson, Marine Scotland Mr Phil Haslam, Director of Operations, Marine Management Organisation
10:00 Committee Room 4A International Relations Committee
The Pacific Alliance
10:15 Committee Room 1 Constitution Committee
Private Meeting
10:30 Committee Room 2A Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
Private Meeting
10:30 Committee Room 3 EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee
Private Meeting
10:30 Committee Room 3A Liaison Committee (Lords)
Private Meeting
All Party Committees
All Party Groups
13:00 Meeting Room M (PCH) Appg of The Children in Wales
The meeting will include a presentation from UNICEF about the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on Children’s Rights.
For further information, queries or to RSVP, please contact: lloydjb@parliament.uk
13:00 Room Q (PCH) Family Business
Family Business: The Backbone of the UK Economy.
We will be hearing about the latest research which reveals the incredible contribution family firms make to employment and growth. Join us to learn more about the role family firms please in your local economy and communities, and the ambitions family owned SMEs have for the future. Speakers Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, John Stevenson MP, Chair of the APPG for Family Business, Fiona Graham, Institute for Family Business.
For further information, queries or to RSVP, please contact: john.stevenson.mp@parliament.uk
14:00 Room Q (PCH) Retail Crime
The APPG has been campaigning to highlight the cost of retail crime to the high street (£600m a year), improve understand of how this type of crime affects small businesses and what impact incidents of retail crime will have an effect on our high streets if left unchecked. Retail theft crims are rising year on year, with an overall increase 19.1% between 2014-2018, compared to an increase of 4.98% between 2010-2014.
For further information, queries or to RSVP, please contact: mccabes@parliament.uk
15:00 Room O (PCH) Cats
For further information, queries or to RSVP, please contact: maria.caulfield.mp@parliament.uk
15:00 Committee Room 2 UN Global Goals Roundtable
China and ‘Global Britain’ – a sustainable development partnership for the future?
Join the APPG on the Un Global Goals, APPG China and the Institute for Development Studies for a roundtable Chaired by Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell and Richard Graham MP discussing China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Sustainable Development Goals.
For further information, queries or to RSVP, please contact: contactmcconnellj@parliament.uk
16:00 Meeting Room T (PCH) Bereavement
For further information, queries or to RSVP, please contact: lloydjb@parliament.uk
16:00 Room R (PCH) Cameroon
For further information, queries or to RSVP, please contact: tonia.antoniazzi.mp@parliament.uk
17:00 Committee Room 8 Global Security and Non-Proliferation
‘Beyond the 2019 NPT PrepCom
A briefing with Ambassador Liddle’ – Ambassador Aiden Liddle, UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, who led the UK delegation to the UN will discuss the negotiations and outcomes of the 2019 NPT PrepCom.
For further information, queries or to RSVP, please contact: downmanm@parliament.uk
17:00 Committee Room 20 International Freedom of Religion Or Belief
Promoting Religious Reconciliation
Parliamentary Evidence Session on Farmer-Herder Conflict in Nigeria. As part of the ongoing inquiry, the APPG has invited several experts to come discuss solutions to this conflict, particularly focusing on how to promote reconciliation and to address rising religious tensions. Although there are different opinions on the exact role of religion in the conflict, it is clear that religious communities will have to be reconciled for there to be any chance of sustainable peace. Thus, the APPG has asked speakers from Lambeth Palace, the Forum for Farmer and Herder Relations in Nigeria and Mercy Corps to come share their practical experience of promoting reconciliation in Nigeria.
For further information, queries or to RSVP, please contact: amro.hussain@parliament.uk
House of Commons
Joint Committees
16:00 Wilson Room (PCH) Committees on Arms Export Controls
2017 arms export controls Annual Report
16:15 Committee Room 8 Draft Domestic Abuse Bill
Draft Domestic Abuse Bill