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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 7th November 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the promoters of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill which originated in this House in the last Parliament but had not received the Royal Assent may, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of this House, proceed with the Bill in the present Session of Parliament; and the petition for the Bill shall be deemed to have been deposited and all Standing Orders applicable to it shall be deemed to have been complied with;

    That the Bill shall be presented to the House by deposit in the Private Bill Office no later than the fifth day on which the House sits after this day;

    That a declaration signed by the agent shall be annexed to the Bill, stating that it is the same in every respect as the Bill presented in this House in the last Parliament;

    That on the next sitting day following presentation, the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay the Bill on the Table of the House;

    That in the present Session of Parliament the Bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the last Parliament, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;

    That no further fees shall be charged to such stages-(The Chairman of Ways and Means);

    And objection being taken to further proceeding;

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Thursday 15th November at Four o'clock.

2    Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill,-Derek Conway reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 12th April.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 346].

3    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Win Griffiths reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Maternity and Parental Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2001.

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

4    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Uncertificated Securities Regulations 2001.

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

5    Employment Bill,-Ms Secretary Hewitt, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Darling, Mrs Secretary Liddell, Secretary Estelle Morris, Alan Johnson and Malcolm Wicks, presented a Bill to make provision for statutory rights to paternity and adoption leave and pay; to amend the law relating to statutory maternity leave and pay; to amend the Employment Tribunals Act 1996; to make provision for the use of statutory procedures in relation to employment disputes; to amend the law relating to particulars of employment; to make provision about compromise agreements; to make provision for questionnaires in relation to equal pay; to make provision in connection with trade union learning representatives; to amend section 110 of the Employment Rights Act 1996; to make provision about fixed-term work; to amend the law relating to maternity allowance; to make provision for work-focused interviews for partners of benefit claimants; to make provision about the use of information for, or relating to, employment and training; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 44].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Employment Bill be printed [Bill 44-EN].

6    Hospital Inspectorate,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish an independent inspectorate of hospitals to provide independent inspection of waiting lists, waiting times, hospital efficiency and clinical cleanliness-(Tony Baldry);

    And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):-It was agreed to.

    Ordered, That Tony Baldry, Mr David Amess, Mr David Cameron, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Robert Jackson, Mr Boris Johnson and Mr Andrew Mackay do prepare and bring in the Bill.

7    Hospital Inspectorate Bill,-Tony Baldry accordingly presented a Bill to establish an independent inspectorate of hospitals to provide independent inspection of waiting lists, waiting times, hospital efficiency and clinical cleanliness: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 23rd November and to be printed [Bill 45].

8    International Development Bill [Lords],-The International Development Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time, and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

9    International Development Bill [Lords] [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to International Development Bill [Lords] [Money];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the International Development Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

      (a) any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of this Act;

      (b) any sums required by him for fulfilling any guarantee given under this Act;

      (c) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided by virtue of any other Act; and

    (2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund-(Mr Tony McNulty):-It was agreed to.

10    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from members of non-profit-making members' clubs in South East Bolton against proposals to remove jackpot machines from such clubs was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

11    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Tony McNulty.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.29 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Rehabilitation of Offenders,-Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Animals (Scientific Procedures),-Code of Practice, issued by the Secretary of State under section 21 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, for the Housing and Care of Animals in Designated Breeding and Supplying Establishments [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Other Papers:

3    House of Lords,-Paper, entitled The House of Lords-Completing the Reform [by Command] [Cm. 5291] [The Prime Minister].

4    Police (Northern Ireland),-Accounts of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland, including Accounts of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Fund and the Police Property Fund, for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 341] [Clerk of the House].

5    Probation Board (Northern Ireland),-Accounts of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 344] [Clerk of the House].

    APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Marine Wildlife Conservation Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C, and has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Gregory Barker, David Cairns, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mrs Helen Clark, Mr Jim Cousins, Andrew George, Linda Gilroy, Mr Mark Hendrick, Mr Jon Owen Jones, Mr Michael Meacher, Dr Nick Palmer, Lawrie Quinn, Mr John Randall, Mr Andrew Robathan, Mr Terry Rooney, Mr Simon Thomas and Paddy Tipping.

2    Draft Dentists Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Marian Roe Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Ms Hazel Blears, Richard Burden, Mr Simon Burns, Julia Drown, Michael Fabricant, Jim Fitzpatrick, Sandra Gidley, Chris Grayling, Dr Evan Harris, Jim Knight, Ms Meg Munn, Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Martin Salter, Ms Claire Ward and Mr David Wilshire.

3    Draft Community Legal Service (Cost Protection) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr David Chidgey Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Burnett, Mr William Cash, Mr Iain Coleman, Jon Cruddas, Mr Terry Davis, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Neil Gerrard, Alan Keen, Norman Lamb, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger, Patrick Mercer, Laura Moffatt, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Graham Stringer, Dr Rudi Vis and Mr Michael Wills.

4    Draft Uncertificated Securities Regulations 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Mohammed Sarwar from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Paddy Tipping.

5    The Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 81) (House of Commons Paper No. 276) on 2001-02 Special Grant for Gypsy Sites Refurbishment,-The Speaker has allocated the Special Grant Report to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 88) (House of Commons Paper No. 305) on Special Grant for Activities Undertaken by Beacon Councils).

European Standing Committees

6    Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 24th October 2001 submitted by HM Treasury, relating to 2002 Draft Budget, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence Committee,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee and Memorandum laid before the Committee [The Threat from Terrorism]; to be printed [No. 348-i] [Mr Bruce George].

    2    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Department for Education and Skills: the next four years]; to be printed [No. 304-ii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    3    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The Impact of Foot and Mouth Disease]; to be printed [No. 323-ii] [Mr David Curry].

    4    European Scrutiny,-(1) Fourth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 152-iv]; and

    (2) Fifth Report from the Committee [Convention to Prepare for the 2004 Inter-Governmental Conference]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 152-v]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Democracy and Accountability in the EU and the Role of National Parliaments]; to be printed [No. 347-i]

    [Mr Michael Connarty].

    5    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Progress on Resource Accounting]; to be printed [No. 349-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    6    Scottish Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Scotland Office Departmental Report 2001]; to be printed [No. 345-i] [Mrs Irene Adams].

    7    Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee on 6th November [Empty Homes]; to be printed [No. 240-ii] [Andrew Bennett]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee on 7th November [Passenger Rail Franchising and the Future of Railway Infrastructure]; to be printed [No. 239-iv] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    8    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [The Office of Government Commerce]; to be printed [No. 350-i] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 21]

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 Gerry Sutcliffe.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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