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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 23rd October 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Controverted Elections (Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Election Petition),-The Speaker acquainted the House, That, as required by section 144 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, he had received the Certificate and Report from the Judges appointed to try the Petition alleging corrupt and illegal practices in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency election of 7th June last.

    The Judges in the case had determined that the Petition be dismissed and had certified that the Honourable Member for that constituency had been duly returned at the said election.

    And the said Certificate and Report were ordered to be entered in the Journals of the House.

2    Football (Disorder) (Amendment) Bill,-Mr Eric Illsley reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Football (Disorder) (Amendment) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 301].

3    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Frank Cook reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Contracting Out of Functions (Tribunal Staff) Order 2001.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

4    Divorce (Religious Marriages),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision enabling a court to require the dissolution of a religious marriage before granting a civil divorce: And that Mr Andrew Dismore, Mr Andrew Love, John Cryer, Ms Karen Buck, Mike Gapes, Linda Perham, Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody and Mrs Louise Ellman do prepare and bring it in.

5    Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill,-Mr Andrew Dismore accordingly presented a Bill to make provision enabling a court to require the dissolution of a religious marriage before granting a civil divorce: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 26th October and to be printed [Bill 35].

6    Opposition Day [2nd allotted day],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Conduct of Ministers in the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House deplores the culture of spin in the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions; condemns the attitude and advice of the Special Adviser to the Secretary of State, Ms Jo Moore, and Ministers who acted upon her advice, thus perpetuating that culture throughout Government; agrees with the Chairman of the Public Administration Committee that Ms Moore's email of 11th September was 'incompatible with any idea of public service'; believes that as long as Ms Moore retains the confidence of Ministers, she brings Her Majesty's Government into disrepute; and calls on the Secretary of State to dismiss her forthwith-(Mrs Theresa May);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'believes that Ms Jo Moore's e-mail of 11th September was horrible, wrong and stupid; notes that she has been dealt with under the Department's disciplinary procedures and that the Permanent Secretary has given her an official warning as to her conduct and that she has expressed her heartfelt regret and offered a full apology; welcomes the decisive action that Ministers have taken in regard to Railtrack which will be welcomed by the travelling public; rejects the policies of the Opposition, who would have continued to pour money into propping up the company, thus amplifying the problems caused by the way they privatised the rail industry; and further welcomes the work of DTLR ministers in developing positive policies, to improve the position of local government, to tackle problems of homelessness and urban regeneration and to develop proposals for regional government and contrasts this with the policies of the Opposition who decimated local government, ignored the problems of deprived communities and centralised power', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Byers.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 167.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Angela Smith: 340.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Smith, Mr Tony McNulty: 342.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 205.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House believes that Ms Jo Moore's e-mail of 11th September was horrible, wrong and stupid; notes that she has been dealt with under the Department's disciplinary procedures and that the Permanent Secretary has given her an official warning as to her conduct and that she has expressed her heartfelt regret and offered a full apology; welcomes the decisive action that Ministers have taken in regard to Railtrack which will be welcomed by the travelling public; rejects the policies of the Opposition, who would have continued to pour money into propping up the company, thus amplifying the problems caused by the way they privatised the rail industry; and further welcomes the work of DTLR ministers in developing positive policies, to improve the position of local government, to tackle problems of homelessness and urban regeneration and to develop proposals for regional government and contrasts this with the policies of the Opposition who decimated local government, ignored the problems of deprived communities and centralised power.

7    Criminal Law,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Drug Abstinence Order (Responsible Officer) (No. 2) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 17th July, be approved-(Mr Nick Ainger):-It was agreed to.

8    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Joan Martin, citizens of Beaconsfield and others for re-establishment of British sovereignty ceded to the European Commission was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

9    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.56 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 Affirmative Resolution:

1    Education,-Draft Special Educational Needs Code of Practice [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Education,-Education (Special Educational Needs) (England) (Consolidation) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3455), dated 22nd October 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

3    Merchant Shipping,-Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3444), dated 20th October 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

4    Pensions,-Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3401), dated 15th October 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

5    Social Security,-Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 9) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3454), dated 22nd October 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

6    Social Security (Northern Ireland),-Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 9) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3456), dated 22nd October 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

7    Value Added Tax,-Value Added Tax (Refund of Tax) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3453), dated 22nd October 2001 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

Other Papers:

8    Companies,- Financial Statements of Investors in People UK for 2000-01 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

9    Criminal Justice,-Report and Accounts of the Parole Board for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 235] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

10    Development of Tourism,-Report and Accounts of the British Tourist Authority for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

11    National Lottery,-Account of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 285] [Clerk of the House].

12    Science and Technology,-Government Response to the Fifth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2000-01, on Genetics and Insurance [by Command] [Cm. 5286] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

13    Statutory Instruments (Notification),-Communications declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instruments came into operation

    Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3411)

    [by Standing Order] [The Speaker].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Picketts Lock]; to be printed [No. 264-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Home Affairs,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Work of the Home Office]; to be printed [No. 302]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Government's drugs policy: is it working?]; to be printed [No. 303-II]

    [Mr Chris Mullin].

    3    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [The Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan and the Surrounding Region]; to be printed [No. 300-i] [Tony Baldry].

    4    Standards and Privileges,-First Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr Geoffrey Robinson: Supplementary Report], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 297] [Sir George Young].

    5    Statutory Instruments,-Sixth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-vi] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    6    Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [The Economic Impact of the End of Life Vehicles Directive]; to be printed [Nos. 299-i and -ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    7    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [PPG 17: Sport, Open Space and Recreation]; to be printed [No. 238-ii] [Andrew Bennett].

    8    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Wales Office Departmental Report and other Departmental Matters]; to be printed [No. 298-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].

[W.H., No. 14]

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 Graham Stringer.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst    
Deputy Speaker        



 
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