24.11.2017

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The Simple Politics guide to next week in Parliament.
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A great time for hobbies.

OK. I'm going to level with you. Next week is pretty quiet.

MPs are debating the budget for the first two days. We've already had two days of debate, though, so it's unlikely we'll get any fireworks there. Then the SNP have an opposition day, they haven't announced the topic yet, and then two debates chosen by the Backbench Business Committee on Thursday.  

Firday was supposed to be the day we pick back up the votes at 16 debate, but it's been scheduled at the back of the queue so that won't happen. 

The Lords have a few interesting debates and are looking at some legislation, but nothing very controversial.

All in all then, it's a great week to get on with some hobbies. Pack your weak lemon drink and get stuck in.

Disclaimer: Events may change all this. Something could explode over the weekend and make next week the most dramatic, passionate and engaging week Parliament has ever had. Simple Politics is not responsible for lost hobby time.

Sunday - No guests yet announced for Sunday morning TV. Tune in anyway. They always throw up something interesting.

Monday - MPs get into the third day of Budget debate. The Lords are looking at the EU Approvals Bill - see below for details.

Tuesday-  Day four of the budget debate and, mercifully, the last. The Lords are looking at both the Space bill and at a way of getting companies to invest in more in broadband infrastructures.

Wednesday -  PMQs! The last couple have been super rowdy. I'm not expecting this to be any different. That's followed by an SNP opposition day debate, while the Lords are looking at money laundering.

Thursday - The Lords have a debate today looking at the impact of government policy on NHS recruitment, retention and conditions. That should be pretty interesting. MPs are debating mental health and suicide in the autism community. Expect some pretty bleak speeches there.

Friday - Private Members Bills in the Commons. First up is a bill from Labour MP Afzal Khan to keep the number of Parliamentary constituencies at 650. Then it's a bill from Maria Caulfield to stop mobile signal in prisons. If there is time, MPs will move onto a debate, put forward by Conservative Christopher Chope, about removing restrictions on Council Tax.
Our pick of the laws being debated in Parliament next week. All in the Lords.
European Union (Approvals) Bill
While Britain is still in the EU it still needs to approve EU proposals. This Bill will approve European proposals to allow Serbia and Albania to participate in the work of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

It will also approve changes to the competition agreement the EU has with Canada. These are not controversial proposals, and they will have little impact on the UK, so we can expect them to be approved by Parliament.
 
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Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill

This is another Brexit Bill. After the UK leaves the EU it will still need the power to enforce sanctions against terrorist organisations such as Daesh, and states such as North Korea.

At the moment the rules that permit these sanctions are enforced through EU law.

This Bill aims to create a new legal framework that will enable the UK to continue to impose sanctions.


 

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Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill
This Bill aims to progress full-fibre broadband in the UK by offering business rates relief for operators who install new fibre on their networks. The Government hopes that this Bill will incentivise operators to invest in the broadband network, by not charging them business rates for installing ultrafast fibra networks (as opposed to upgrades on old copper networks). This is part of the Government’s Digital Strategy that was announced last year.
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