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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 24th April 2001

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1    Protection from Smoking (Employees and Young Persons),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require employers to reduce or eliminate the exposure of their employees to passive smoking in the workplace; to protect children and young persons from such exposure in public places; and for connected purposes: and that David Taylor, Mr Kevin Barron, Mrs Liz Blackman, Mr Ian Davidson, Mrs Janet Dean, Dr Ian Gibson, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr Gordon Prentice, Mr Andrew Reed, John Robertson, Dr Phyllis Starkey and Dr Howard Stoate do prepare and bring it in.

2     Protection from Smoking (Employees and Young Persons),-David Taylor accordingly presented a Bill to require employers to reduce or eliminate the exposure of their employees to passive smoking in the workplace; to protect children and young persons from such exposure in public places; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 8th June and to be printed [Bill 86].

3    Finance Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11) [2nd allotted day],-The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Finance Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11) .

(In the Committee)

    Clause No. 1 (Rates of duty on hydrocarbon oil).

    Amendment (No. 27) proposed, in page 1, line 18, to leave out '0.4582.' and insert '0.4392'.-(Mr Alex Salmond.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Dafydd Wigley, Mr Simon Thomas: 129.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr David Jamieson: 287.

    Another Amendment (No. 6) proposed, in page 1, line 21, to leave out '14th June 2001' and insert '5th April 2002'.-(Mr James Clappison.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Gray, Mr Keith Simpson: 126.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Ian Pearson: 324 .

    Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed, in page 2, line 3, at the end, to insert the words -

'(3A) The rate of excise duty for biodiesel and bioethanol when used as road transport fuels, shall be 33p per litre below the rate fixed for ultra low sulphur diesel as defined by the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979.-(Mr A.J. Beith.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunnell, Bob Russell: 162.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Ian Pearson: 286.

    And it being after Seven o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [9th April and 7th November 2000], put forthwith the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on Clauses Nos. 1 to 3.

    Clauses Nos. 1 to 3 agreed to.

    Clause No. 50 (Charge and rates for 2001-02).

    Amendment (No. 2) proposed, in page 41, line 15, to leave out '10%' and insert '0%'.-(Mr Matthew Taylor.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Steve Webb, David Heath: 41.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Ian Pearson: 281.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 51 to 53 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 11 agreed to.

    Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11) to be reported.

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    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Graham Allen reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11), and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Ordered, That the Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11) do lie upon the Table.

4    Road Traffic (S.I., 2001, No. 561),- A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 561), dated 26th February 2001, a copy of which was laid before the House on 28th February, be revoked. -(Mr Robert Syms.)

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

5    Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the Motion relating to the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations may be proceeded with, though opposed, until half-past Eleven o'clock-(Mr Ian Pearson ):-It was agreed to.

6    Road Traffic (S.I., 2001, No. 561),- The Question being again proposed, That the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 561), dated 26th February 2001, a copy of which was laid before the House on 28th February, be revoked;

    And the Question being put;

    And the Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

7    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from constituents of Bury St Edmunds calling for St George's Day to be celebrated as a national bank holiday in England was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

8    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-( Mr Don Touhig.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till nine minutes to Twelve o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.51 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.


    APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    1    Defence,-(1) Royal Marines Terms of Service (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1520), and

    (2) Royal Navy Terms of Service (Ratings) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1521),

    dated 19th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    2    Financial Services and Markets,-Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Transitional Provisions and Savings) (Rules) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1534), dated 23rd April 2001 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    3    Income Tax,-Income Tax (Sub-contractors in the Construction Industry) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1531), dated 23rd April 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

    4    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions on-

    (1) the Petition [28th March] from people of Shrewsbury and others in support of a planning application for Shrewsbury Town Football Club; and

    (2) the Petition [4th April] from the National Federation for the Blind and others for measures to protect blind and partially-sighted pedestrians from cyclists

    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Finance Bill (except Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood an additional Chairmen of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Adoption and Children Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Adoption and Children Bill; to be printed [No 431-i][Mr David Hinchliffe].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report 2001]; to be printed [Nos. 428-i, -ii and -iii] [Mr Donald Anderson].

    3    Scottish Affairs,-First Report from the Scottish Affairs Committee [The Drinks Industry in Scotland: Issues and Concerns]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 114] [Mr David Marshall].

    4    Statutory Instruments,-(1) Fourteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 46-xiv]; and

    (2) Second Report from the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 288-ii]

    [Mr David Tredinnick].

[W.H., No. 42]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]

The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.

    Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Mike Hall.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings for Monday 23rd April, in Appendix III, item 2, (Joint Committee on Human Rights) should have House of Commons printing number 427.



 
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