The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
1 International Development Bill [Lords],-Mr Win Griffiths reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the International Development Bill [Lords] and made an Amendment thereunto.
Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.
Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 410].
2 Home Energy Conservation Bill,-Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Home Energy Conservation Bill be printed [Bill 11-EN].
3 New Member makes Affirmation,-Christopher David Mole, Member for Ipswich, made the Affirmation required by law.
4 Compulsory Voting,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Representation of the People Act 1983 to make voting compulsory in all Parliamentary elections; and for connected purposes-(Mr Gareth R. Thomas);
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 Mr Gareth R. Thomas, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, David Winnick, Linda Perham, Mr Tom Watson, Mark Tami, Mr Tony Colman and Martin Linton do prepare and bring in the Bill.
5 Compulsory Voting Bill,-Mr Gareth R. Thomas accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Representation of the People Act 1983 to make voting compulsory in all Parliamentary elections; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 18th January and to be printed [Bill 58].
6 Employment Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Employment Bill;
And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House regrets that a wider debate has not taken place on how the benefits and burdens arising from the Employment Bill are shared between individuals and the workplace; declines to give a Second Reading to the Bill because, although it contains welcome measures which promote family friendly practices in the workplace and which seek to improve dispute resolution procedures, it depends excessively on secondary legislation which is likely to impose significant extra burdens on business, especially small businesses; and because it will impose extra costs on business, further damaging British competitiveness at a time when manufacturing industry is already in a fourth successive quarter of recession', instead thereof.-(Mr John Whittingdale.)
And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
Tellers for the Ayes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mrs Cheryl Gillan: 134.
Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Nick Ainger: 311.
So the Question was negatived.
And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);
Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Nick Ainger: 307.
Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 131.
So the Question was agreed to.
The Bill was accordingly read a second time.
7 Employment Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [28th June], That the following provisions shall apply to the Employment Bill:
1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.
Programming of proceedings
2. All proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further message from the Lords) shall be programmed.
Proceedings in Standing Committee
3. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 22nd January 2002.
4. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.
Consideration and Third Reading
5. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Nine o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Six o'clock on that day.
6. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Seven o'clock on that day.
7. Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading-(Mr Graham Stringer);
Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Nick Ainger: 294.
Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 134.
So the Question was agreed to.
8 Employment Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Employment Bill [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 Employment Bill, it is expedient to authorise-
(1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-
(a) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown or government department under the Act,
(b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided;
(2) the payment into the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable into that Fund under any other Act-(Mr Graham Stringer):-It was agreed to.
9 Procedure,-Ordered, That Mr David Drew be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr Iain Luke be added.-(Mr Graham Stringer.)
10 Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Meriden and others against the proposed development of a National Stadium on Green Belt Land 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 Graham Stringer.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till nine minutes past Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 11.09 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1 Taxes,-Variation of Stamp Duties Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3746), dated 27th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2 Food,-Miscellaneous Food Additives (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3775), dated 26th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
3 Road Traffic,-M25 Motorway (Junctions 10 to 16) (Variable Speed Limits) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3763), dated 16th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
4 Social Care,-Preserved Rights (Transfer of Responsibilities to Local Authorities) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3776), dated 26th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
5 Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,-Statute, dated 18th June 2001, made by the University of Cambridge, amending the Statutes of the University [by Act] [Mr Robin Cook].
6 Pre-Budget Report,-Paper, entitled Pre-Budget Report, November 2001: Building a stronger, fairer Britain in an uncertain world [by Command] [Cm. 5318] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].
7 Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions Minute, dated 27th November 2001, concerning a contingent liability in respect of General Lighthouse Fund Pensions [by Command] [Mr Secretary Byers].
Reports from Select Committees
1 Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Government's Drugs Policy: Is it Working?]; to be printed [No. 318-iv] [Mr Chris Mullin].
2 Statutory Instruments,-Eleventh Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-xi] [Mr David Tredinnick].
3 Trade and Industry,-First Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [End of Life Vehicles Directive], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 299] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
4 Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 20th and 27th November [The Bank of England November Inflation Report]; to be printed [Nos. 409-i and -ii] [Mr John McFall].
5 Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Transport in Wales]; to be printed [No. 378-ii] [Mr Martyn Jones].
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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,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Nick Ainger);
And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 2 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst