British MPs

Statement on reopening the housing market

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 12:05am

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, today gave a statement to the House on an update on housing in light of the Government's coronavirus lockdown plan.

Key Points: 
  • The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, today gave a statement to the House on an update on housing in light of the Government's coronavirus lockdown plan.
  • The Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick announced to the House today, a plan to reopen the housing market and to restart the construction industry.
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Thangham Debbonaire, asked the Secretary of State to consider the Opposition's calls such as unanswered questions on housing which need urgent government attention to keep people safe at work and at home.
  • The Shadow Secretary asked the Secretary of State to ensure that councils are fully recompensed for housing and other costs of the covid-19 crisis, and also asked that he work with the treasury, housing associations, and local authorities, and the building industry to invest in high quality and affordable social housing.

Education Secretary questioned over plans to reopen schools

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 12:05am

Today, Layla Moran MP asked an urgent question about the newGovernment guidance allowing some schools, nurseries and collegesto reopen.

Key Points: 
  • Today, Layla Moran MP asked an urgent question about the newGovernment guidance allowing some schools, nurseries and collegesto reopen.
  • The Prime Minister's new guidelines for the UK's Covid-19 lockdown, announced on Sunday, included plans for the reopening of some schools from 1 June 2020.
  • Following this, Layla Moran MP asked the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, to expand on these proposals.
  • He said this would encompass schools, colleges and childcare for children in "key transition years".

Lords questions government on universal credit and the economy on 13 May

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 12:05am

The House of Lords starts business on Wednesday 13 May with daily oral questions being held in virtual proceedings.

Key Points: 
  • The House of Lords starts business on Wednesday 13 May with daily oral questions being held in virtual proceedings.
  • Questions on Wednesday 13 May:
    Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask the government about the impact of the benefit cap on the incomes of Universal Credit claimants following the increase in the Universal Credit standard allowance announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 20 March.
  • Lord Caine to ask the government what support it is making available for sports affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask the government about the forecast for the economy included in the Bank of Englands Monetary Policy Report and Interim Financial Stability Report.

Statement from Business Secretary on Covid-19

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 12:04am

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on the Covid-19 strategy,the Business Secretary made a statement in the House of Commons regarding businesses, employers, employees and guidance.

Key Points: 
  • Following the Prime Minister's announcement on the Covid-19 strategy,the Business Secretary made a statement in the House of Commons regarding businesses, employers, employees and guidance.
  • Business Secretary, Alok Sharma started by thanking "the many workers in distrubtion centres, supermarkets, transport, construction and manufacturing across the country who have been playing their part in keeping Britain moving".
  • The Business Secretary went on to say:
    "It has been developed with input from firms, unions, industry bodies and the devolved administrations.
  • Edward Miliband , Shadow Business Secretary, responded to the Business Secretary's statement.

House of Lords to increase sitting days

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 12:04am

In a letter to members from Lord McFall of Alcluith, Senior Deputy Speaker and chair of the Procedure Committee, he set out a number of changes to enable the House of Lords to conduct business and further scrutinise the governments response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Key Points: 
  • In a letter to members from Lord McFall of Alcluith, Senior Deputy Speaker and chair of the Procedure Committee, he set out a number of changes to enable the House of Lords to conduct business and further scrutinise the governments response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • These changes build on the second stage of virtual proceedings, which was implemented last week.
  • This saw 225 members participate in 12 hours of business over two days, with a similar number of members contributing in questions virtually compared to proceedings in the chamber of the House.

Letter from Lord McFall of Alcluith to members of the House of Lords

    • The Committee met yesterday for the third time in a month and will continue to meet regularly throughout this period.
    • Our deliberations were informed by the experience of last week, which saw the introduction of stage two of virtual proceedings.
    • Across the two sitting days last week we saw 225 members make contributions on 11 items of business, lasting 12 hours.
    • And these figures compare favourably to the House of Commons, which sat for 10.5 hours over three days, with 173 members contributing.
    • This change, which I hope will be welcomed by all members, requires a motion to be agreed by the House before taking effect.
    • The changes to sign-up times for oral questions, PNQs and debates which were agreed yesterday merit particular attention from members.
    • The House Administration are also undertaking work to plan and deliver hybrid proceedings in the House, following the decision of the House of Lords Commission on 7 May to move in this direction.
    • Any return to members attending the House would need to be staged and in line with guidance from Public Health England.

Statement from Business Secretary on Covid-19

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 12:03am

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on the Covid-19 strategy,the Business Secretary made a statement in the House of Commons regarding businesses, employers, employees and guidance.

Key Points: 
  • Following the Prime Minister's announcement on the Covid-19 strategy,the Business Secretary made a statement in the House of Commons regarding businesses, employers, employees and guidance.
  • Business Secretary, Alok Sharma started by thanking "the many workers in distrubtion centres, supermarkets, transport, construction and manufacturing across the country who have been playing their part in keeping Britain moving".
  • The Business Secretary went on to say:
    "It has been developed with input from firms, unions, industry bodies and the devolved administrations.
  • Edward Miliband , Shadow Business Secretary, responded to the Business Secretary's statement.

Declaring COVID-19 the Ultimate Failure of Leadership, Citizens of 43 Countries and Territories Together Release "Declaration of Interdependence"

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 4:43pm

"When our world collapsed in the 1930s and 40s," OneShared.World founder Jamie Metzl said, "we had leaders like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to lead us.

Key Points: 
  • "When our world collapsed in the 1930s and 40s," OneShared.World founder Jamie Metzl said, "we had leaders like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to lead us.
  • In the absence of equivalent leadership today, people from across the globe have come together to lead ourselves out of the current darkness and toward a better world for everyone.
  • The Declaration follows OneShared.World's call for the world's citizens to sign a Pledge of Interdependence.
  • More on the movement, translated texts of the Declaration and Pledge, and essential links are at OneShared.World .

Evidence session with Government Ministers and call for evidence

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 1:03pm

The Home Affairs Committee will take evidence from Government Ministers, Caroline Dinenage and Baroness Williams, on Wednesday 13 May in a session examining online harms.

Key Points: 
  • The Home Affairs Committee will take evidence from Government Ministers, Caroline Dinenage and Baroness Williams, on Wednesday 13 May in a session examining online harms.
  • The Committee has also published a call for evidence and invites submissions by Thursday 21 May.
  • In recent weeks, concerns have been raised that the lockdown period in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has seen an increase in malicious or harmful activity online.
  • The session will examine the Governments assessment of the prevalence of the range of online harms during the Covid-19 pandemic and investigate what action it plans to take to combat them.

Evidence session with Government Ministers and call for evidence

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 1:03pm

The Home Affairs Committee will take evidence from Government Ministers, Caroline Dinenage and Baroness Williams, on Wednesday 13 May in a session examining online harms.

Key Points: 
  • The Home Affairs Committee will take evidence from Government Ministers, Caroline Dinenage and Baroness Williams, on Wednesday 13 May in a session examining online harms.
  • The Committee has also published a call for evidence and invites submissions by Thursday 21 May.
  • In recent weeks, concerns have been raised that the lockdown period in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has seen an increase in malicious or harmful activity online.
  • The session will examine the Governments assessment of the prevalence of the range of online harms during the Covid-19 pandemic and investigate what action it plans to take to combat them.

Evidence session with Government Ministers and call for evidence

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 1:02pm

The Home Affairs Committee will take evidence from Government Ministers, Caroline Dinenage and Baroness Williams, on Wednesday 13 May in a session examining online harms.

Key Points: 
  • The Home Affairs Committee will take evidence from Government Ministers, Caroline Dinenage and Baroness Williams, on Wednesday 13 May in a session examining online harms.
  • The Committee has also published a call for evidence and invites submissions by Thursday 21 May.
  • In recent weeks, concerns have been raised that the lockdown period in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has seen an increase in malicious or harmful activity online.
  • The session will examine the Governments assessment of the prevalence of the range of online harms during the Covid-19 pandemic and investigate what action it plans to take to combat them.