This week in the Commons: 15 February 2019

15 February 2019

This week in the House of Commons MPs debated Brexit and the Mental Capacity and Financial Services Bills were scrutinised.

Brexit Next Steps Debate

On Thursday 14 February MPs debated the Prime Minister's latest motion on Exiting the European Union. Various MPs proposed amendments, but the motion ultimately failed to win a majority in the House of Commons.

Legislation

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill: Remaining Stages

The Bill amends the Mental Capacity Act 2005, which provides a statutory framework for people who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves. The Bill is based on the recommendations of the Law Commission report Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty, which was published together with the Law Commission’s draft Bill in March 2017.

The House of Commons voted 299 to 241 to approve the third reading of the Mental Capacity Bill. The Bill will now return to the House of Lords for further consideration.

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill

This Bill would give the Government powers to implement and change 'in flight' files of EU financial services legislation in UK law.

These powers will last for two years after Brexit, in the event of a 'no-deal' scenario.

'In flight' refers to EU legislation that:

  • has been adopted by the EU but not yet enacted,
  • or is currently in negotiation and may be adopted in the two years following EU withdrawal

This Bill passed its second reading on Tuesday 12 February.

Legislation: Private Members Bills

Two Private Members Bills were introduced to the House following Ten Minute Rule Motions this week:

Urgent questions and ministerial statements

This week urgent questions were asked on: 

There were three oral ministerial statements this week:

Prime Minister's Questions

In PMQs this week the Prime Minister answered questions on Brexit, Universal Credit and democracy in the UK.

Watch PMQs from this week:

Westminster Hall debates

Debates on a variety of different subjects also took place in Westminster Hall on Monday 11, Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 February. See the Parliamentary calendar to find out what subjects were debated.

Select Committees

News from Parliamentary Select Committees, including the publication of reports and details of inquiries and evidence sessions are also available online.

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