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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 25th October 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Nigel Beard reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Greater London Authority (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Order 2001.

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

2    Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    International Development Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision relating to the provision of assistance for countries outside the United Kingdom; to make provision with respect to certain international financial institutions and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

    Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to amend the law relating to the age at which certain persons become eligible to receive travel concessions on journeys on public passenger transport services; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

3    International Development Bill [Lords],-The International Development Bill [Lords] was read the first time, pursuant to Standing Order No. 80 (Privilege (bills brought from the Lords)); and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 37].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the International Development Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 37-EN].

4    Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Bill [Lords],-The Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 38].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 38-EN].

5    Opposition Day [3rd allotted day: first part],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the leader of the second largest opposition party in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Student Finance,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes that the best possible education of its citizens is both a principal duty of, and an immeasurable benefit to, any civilised society, and therefore deplores the rising levels of student debt and the resulting disincentive to continue in education post-school; condemns the failure of the Government to invest in Higher Education all the extra resources provided by the abolition of maintenance grants and the introduction of tuition fees; regrets that the conclusions drawn from reviews of student finance in Scotland and Wales have been ignored in Westminster; congratulates the Scottish Executive on abolishing tuition fees and restoring grants for students from low income backgrounds; believes that part-time students and students in Further Education should be treated fairly in comparison with full-time students in Higher Education; notes the recent decision by the Government to review student finance more widely; and calls upon the Government to abolish tuition fees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and to put in place a fully funded support system, which will encourage more students, particularly those from low income backgrounds, to go into higher education-(Mr David Rendel);

    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 'welcomes the approach the Government has taken to higher education since 1997, particularly the extra investment the Government is making in Higher Education, meaning an extra 1.7 billion of publicly planned funding in the six years to 2003-04; further welcomes the Government's commitment to widening participation so that half of under-30 year olds will benefit from the opportunities of higher education by the end of the decade; supports the Government's reforms of student support, introduced in 1998, which have increased the resources available to higher education establishments; agrees with the principle, underlying these reforms, that those who benefit from the considerable advantages that higher education can offer are asked to contribute when they can afford to; recognises that the Government has always been committed to monitor and to review the impact of these reforms; and further welcomes the Secretary of State for Education and Skills' recent announcement of this review', instead thereof.-(Margaret Hodge.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Tom Brake: 42.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dan Norris, Mr Graham Stringer: 301.

    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):-It was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the approach the Government has taken to higher education since 1997, particularly the extra investment the Government is making in Higher Education, meaning an extra 1.7 billion of publicly planned funding in the six years to 2003-04; further welcomes the Government's commitment to widening participation so that half of under-30 year olds will benefit from the opportunities of higher education by the end of the decade; supports the Government's reforms of student support, introduced in 1998, which have increased the resources available to higher education establishments; agrees with the principle, underlying these reforms, that those who benefit from the considerable advantages that higher education can offer are asked to contribute when they can afford to; recognises that the Government has always been committed to monitor and to review the impact of these reforms; and further welcomes the Secretary of State for Education and Skills' recent announcement of this review.

6    Social Security (S.I., 2001, No. 3210),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Social Security (Jobcentre Plus Interviews) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3210) dated 21st September 2001, a copy of which was laid before this House on 26th September, be annulled-(Mr David Willetts);

    And it being one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Nigel Jones: 38.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr John Heppell: 302.

    So the Question was negatived.

7     European Food Law,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 14174/00, a draft Council regulation laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food; and supports the Government's objective of the introduction of effective arrangements to re-establish and maintain consumer confidence in the regulation of food safety at European Union level-(Ms Hazel Blears);

    And it being one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents):-It was agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 14174/00, a draft Council regulation laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food; and supports the Government's objective of the introduction of effective arrangements to re-establish and maintain consumer confidence in the regulation of food safety at European Union level.

8    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.52 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Local Government Finance,-Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 88) on Special Grant for Activities Undertaken by Beacon Councils [by Act]; to be printed [No. 305] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Road Traffic,-Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3486), dated 23rd October 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

3    Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,-Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 2000-01, on Cemeteries [by Command] [Cm. 5281] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

4    Insolvency,-Statements prepared pursuant to section 409 of the Insolvency Act 1986 of the sums received and paid by the Secretary of State under section 403, and of the sums credited and debited to the Investment Account by the National Debt Commissioners for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 312] [Clerk of the House].

5    National Audit,-Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on-

    (1) Modern Policy-Making: Ensuring Policies Deliver Value for Money, and

    (2) Non-Competitive Procurement in the Ministry of Defence

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 289 and 290] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Registered Designs Regulations 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Karen Buck from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Lynne Jones.

2    Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Meg Munn from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Denzil Davies.

3    Draft Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce (Abolition) Regulations 2001 and the draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Barbara Follett from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations and draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Dennis Skinner.

4    Draft European Communities (Privileges of the European School) Order 2001, the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European School) Order 2001, the draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation) Order 2001, the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation) Order 2001 and the draft Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Julia Drown and Mr George Mudie from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Ross Cranston and Mr Alan Simpson.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Public Service Reform]; to be printed [No. 263-i] [Tony Wright].

[W.H., No. 16]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]

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

    Adjournment (Genetics and Insurance-Fifth Report from the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2000-01),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Graham Stringer.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 30th October.

[Adjourned at 5.51p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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