Clause 47 - Financial assistance: supplementary

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:00 pm on 16th September 2020.

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  • Division number 99
    A majority of MPs voted not to to restrict the power of ministers to spend public money for a broad range of economic, cultural, sporting, educational and administrative purposes via framework to be agreed by each House of

Amendments made: 23, in clause 47, page 37, line 23, leave out “take the form” and insert “be provided by way”.

This amendment, together with Amendment 24, would allow financial assistance under Clause 46 to take any form.

24, in clause 47, page 37, line 23, after “indemnities” insert “or in any other form”.

This amendment, together with Amendment 23, would allow financial assistance under Clause 46 to take any form.

25, in clause 47, page 37, line 25, after “interest” insert “or other return”.

This amendment would ensure that the Minister could provide financial assistance in a way that generates a return other than interest - which might be the case for investment in investment funds.

26, in clause 47, page 37, line 26, at end insert—

“(d) may be provided to an investment fund for onward investment or administrative costs relating to onward investment.”

This amendment would enable the Minister to provide financial assistance to investment funds for onward investment.—(Maria Caulfield.)

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Deputy Speaker (First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means)

Amendment 14 has been selected by the Chairman of Ways and Means for separate decision.

Amendment proposed: 14, in clause 47, page 37, line 29, at end, insert—

“(3A) Financial assistance under section 46 must be the subject of a framework agreement to be agreed by resolution of each House of Parliament.”—(Edward Miliband.)

The intention of this amendment is to provide a policy framework for the allocation of financial assistance.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The Committee proceeded to a Division.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Deputy Speaker (First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means)

It has not been possible to mend the electronic pass reader, so we will repeat the same procedure as previously. We need to wait until the tellers are in place and then I will invite the first hon. Member to come forward.

Division number 99 United Kingdom Internal Market Bill — Clause 47 — Restriction of Power to Provide Financial Assistance for Economic Development etc.

A majority of MPs voted not to to restrict the power of ministers to spend public money for a broad range of economic, cultural, sporting, educational and administrative purposes via framework to be agreed by each House of

Aye: 207 MPs

No: 326 MPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

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Absent: 113 MPs

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The Committee having divided: Ayes 208, Noes 330.

Question accordingly negatived.

Clause 47, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

The list of Members currently certified as eligible for a proxy vote, and of the Members nominated as their proxy, is published at the end of today’s debates.

The occupant of the Chair left the Chair (Programme Order, 14 September).

The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.

Progress reported; Committee to sit again tomorrow.