Clear the Lobby
by Sebastian Salek
 
 

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Hey team.

Rishi Sunak is haunted by ghosts from the past.

Matt Hancock's leaked WhatsApps have brought the conversation back to pandemic days and the decisions that were made. It may have been before Sunak's time as PM, but with an election expected next year, he won't be grateful for its impact on the Tory brand.

The parliamentary focus is on cost of living and protest.

The Public Order Bill, which has had a rough ride through the Lords, is back. The Home Secretary is adding an additional amendment to give journalists extra protection from being arrested at protests. A number were detained at a Just Stop Oil demonstration last year.

And Wednesday is an Estimates Day.

This is a chance for MPs to debate departmental spending, although in reality it's a rubber-stamping exercise. This time they'll review Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities spending on adult social care Department for Education spending on childcare and early years.

Until next week. In the meantime, feel free to tweet me, or just reply to this email.

Sebastian (@sebastiansalek)

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MONDAY 6 MARCH

Social Security (Additional Payments) (No.2) Bill - committee stage, report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Authorises two cost of living payments to people on benefits announced in the November 2022 Autumn Statement.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill - consideration of Lords amendments
Applies to: England, Wales
Allows the sale of gene-edited food. Potential mooted uses are to crops more drought-resilient or resistent to diseases. Gene editing differs from genetically modifying in that it's a small, controlled tweak to a living organism’s existing DNA rather than the introduction of a new, foreign gene. Both are de-facto banned in the EU so this is a major post-Brexit divergence from EU law.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

TUESDAY 7 MARCH

Pension Contributions Bill
Requires employers to pay pension contributions into a pension scheme of the employee’s choosing. Ten minute rule motion presented by Anthony Browne.

Public Order Bill - consideration of Lords amendments
Applies to: England, Wales
Creates a range of new criminal offences to crack down on groups like Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain. The offences include "locking on" (causing disruption by chaining or gluing yourself to something), which is punishable by up to six months in prison. Also extends police stop and search powers, and introduces a court order to ban repeat offenders from going to certain places, meeting certain people, or doing certain things.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH

National Minimum Wage Bill
Ensures home care workers are paid for travel time, among other things. Ten minute rule motion presented by Paula Barker.

THURSDAY 9 MARCH

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation And Adjustments) Bill - all stages
Wraps up Wednesday's Estimates Day debates.

FRIDAY 10 MARCH

No votes scheduled

LAST WEEK'S VOTES

Passed

  • Lifelong Learning (Higher Education Fee Limits) Bill - goes to committee stage
  • Multi-Storey Carparks (Safety) Bill - goes to second reading
  • Sexual Offences (Prohibition of Name Change) Bill - goes to second reading
  • Social Housing (Regulation) Bill - goes to Lords
  • Child Support Collection (Domestic Abuse) Bill - goes to Lords
  • Supported Housing (Regulation) Bill - goes to Lords
  • Equipment Theft (Prevention) Bill - goes to Lords
  • Offenders (Day Release of Detention) Bill - goes to Lords
  • Firearms Bill - goes to committee stage

Postponed

  • All other private members' bills

Click here to read details of the bills in last week's newsletter.

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