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It’s the last week before recess.
The agenda is thin on legislation, but the two big themes of the moment are present.
There will be plenty of opportunities to talk about the cost of living.
On Monday there’s the annual announcement of how much benefits and pensions will increase. Then on Wednesday we’ll hear the financial settlement for councils and police forces in England.
And there are still question marks over the prime minister’s future.
He’s made some new appointments to his inner circle to replace Downing Street aides that quit last week, but backbenchers are making unimpressed noises in the weekend papers.
There’s still time for Tory MPs to hand in – or retract – their letters of no confidence.
Until next week. In the meantime, feel free to tweet me, or just reply to this email.
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Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill – consideration of Lords amendments
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
A bill aimed at preventing Northern Ireland from being left without a devolved government for an extended period, like in 2017-2020. Extends the time limits for appointing ministers in the Northern Ireland government after an election, and replacing the First Minister or their deputy if they leave office (e.g. a resignation). Allows ministers to stay in office for up to 24 weeks after an election if their replacements haven’t been appointed, or up to 48 weeks if the First Minister of their deputy leaves office. Also tightens the criteria for triggering a Petition of Concern (a mechanism used to pass motions with cross-party support rather than a majority).
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing
Motor Vehicle Tests (Diesel Particulate Filters) Bill
Requires diesel vehicles to have their particulate filters tested during an MOT. Ten minute rule motion presented by Barry Sheerman.
Seals (Protection) Bill
Makes the intentional or reckless disturbance or harassment of seals an offence. Ten minute rule motion presented by Tracey Crouch.
No votes scheduled
No votes scheduled
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