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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 28th November 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill,-The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill and had amended the same so as to make it consistent with the facts as proved by the evidence adduced, and found the same, as amended, to be true; and had gone through the Bill and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Committee, to lie upon the Table.

2    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Cummings reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft The Local Government Commission for England (Transfer of Functions) Order 2001.

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

3    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Nicholas Winterton reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Enforcement of External Orders) Order 2001.

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

4    Welsh Grand Committee,-Mr Win Griffiths reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of the Pre-Budget Statement and its implications for Wales, referred to it on 14th November.

5    European Standing Committee C,-Mr Bill Olner reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union documents Nos. 5619/01, the Commission Green Paper, Towards a European Strategy for the Security of Energy Supply, and 7218/01, relating to common rules for the internal market in electricity and natural gas; and supports the Government's welcome of both these documents as the Green Paper provides analysis of the energy supply situation and the proposed Directive and Regulation would increase competition in the internal energy market and facilitate cross-border trading in electricity and thereby contribute to security of supply.

    Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

6    Tax Credits Bill,-Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Andrew Smith, Secretary Estelle Morris, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Paul Boateng and Ruth Kelly, presented (under Standing Order No. 50 (Procedure upon bills whose main object is to create a charge upon the public revenue)) a Bill to make provision for tax credits; to amend the law about child benefit and guardian's allowance; 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 59].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Tax Credits Bill be printed [Bill 59-EN].

7    Prime Minister (Office, Role and Functions),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to define the office, role and functions of the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury; to make arrangements for his appointment; and for connected purposes-(Mr Graham Allen);

    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 Deputy 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 Graham Allen, Mr Nicholas Winterton, Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody, Mr Archy Kirkwood, Mr David Curry, Donald Anderson, Mr Michael Mates, Jean Corston, Mr John Horam, Mr Chris Mullin, Dr Ian Gibson and Mr Edward Leigh do prepare and bring in the Bill.

8    Prime Minister (Office, Role and Functions) Bill,-Mr Graham Allen accordingly presented a Bill to define the office, role and functions of the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury; to make arrangements for his appointment; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 19th July and to be printed [Bill 60].

9    Civil Defence (Grant) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Civil Defence (Grant) Bill;

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr John Heppell: 292.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Charles Hendry: 159.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

10    Civil Defence (Grant) Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Civil Defence (Grant) 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 Civil Defence (Grant) Bill, it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of grants made by a Minister of the Crown to authorities with functions under section 2 of the Civil Defence Act 1948, and

    (2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

11    Rehabilitation of Offenders,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 19th November, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

12    Legal Services Commission,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Community Legal Service (Cost Protection) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 30th October, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

13    Income Tax,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Lithuania) Order 2001 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 14th November-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

    Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of this House as are of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.

14    Income Tax,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) Order 2001 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 14th November-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

    Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of this House as are of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.

15    Nurses and Midwives,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 15th November, be approved-(Angela Smith);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr John Heppell: 289.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Charles Hendry, Mr David Wilshire: 152.

    So the Question was agreed to.

16    Health Professions,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Health Professions Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 15th November, be approved-(Angela Smith);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr John Heppell: 292.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Charles Hendry: 113.

    So the Question was agreed to.

17    Regulatory Reform,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 18 (Consideration of draft deregulation, etc., orders), That the draft Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 16th November, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

18    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Angela Smith);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

19    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Nick Ainger);

    And the Motion having been made at Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 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    Deregulation,-Draft Deregulation (Disposals of Dwelling-houses by Local Authorities) Order 2001, together with a statement by the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

2    Regulatory Reform,-Draft Regulatory Reform (Golden Jubilee Licensing) Order 2002, together with a statement by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Agriculture,-Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Stage II) Designation (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3774), dated 22nd November 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4    Financial Services and Markets,-(1) Financial Services and Markets Act (Consequential Amendments) (No. 2) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3801), and

    (2) Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3800)

    dated 28th November 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

5    Income Tax,-(1) Enterprise Management Incentives (Gross Asset Requirement) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3799), dated 27th November 2001,

    (2) Individual Savings Account (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3778), dated 28th November 2001, and

    (3) Personal Equity Plan (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3777), dated 28th November 2001

    [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

6    National Health Service,-(1) Care Trusts (Applications and Consultation) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3788),

    (2) National Health Service Trusts (Membership and Procedure) Amendment (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3786), and

    (3) Primary Care Trusts (Membership, Procedure and Administration Arrangements) Amendment (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3787),

    dated 27th November 2001, and

    (4) Health Service Medicines (Information on the Prices of Specified Generic Medicines) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3798),

dated 28th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

7    Taxes,-Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (UK Depositary Interests in Foreign Securities) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3779), dated 28th November 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

Other Papers:

8    Defence Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the Defence Procurement Agency for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 243] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

9    Health and Safety,-Report and Accounts of the Health and Safety Commission for 2000-01, and Accounts of the Health and Safety Executive for 2000-01, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 228] [Clerk of the House].

10    Overseas Development-Report of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom for the year ending 30th September 2000 [by Act] [Secretary Clare Short].

11    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petition [26th March, in the last Session of Parliament] from the Guisborough Amateur Swimming Club and others for the improvement of facilities for swimming in Guisborough [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

12    Transport,-Paper, entitled Development of a Rural Road Hierarchy for Speed Management: Progress Report October 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

13    Treasury,-Treasury Minute, dated 28th November 2001, concerning contingent liabilities undertaken, and a proposed contingent liability, in respect of the provision of third party (war and terrorism) insurance cover to UK operating airlines and the UK airline industry [by Command] [Mr Andrew Smith].

14    Wales,-Resource Accounts of the Wales Office (Office of the Secretary of State for Wales) for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 288] [Mr Paul Boateng].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Copyright, etc. and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Bill,-The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C, and has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman.

2    British Overseas Territories Bill [Lords]:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee D, and has appointed Mr John Butterfill Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Ben Bradshaw, Mr Ivor Caplin, Jeremy Corbyn, Jon Cruddas, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr John Grogan, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Eric Joyce, Mr Michael Moore, Anne Picking, Mr John Randall, Bob Russell, Mr Richard Spring, Dr Phyllis Starkey, Mr Michael Trend and Angela Watkinson.

3    Employment Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee F; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-two Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Brian Cotter, Mr Philip Hammond, John Healey, Mr Charles Hendry, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mrs Joan Humble, Alan Johnson, Helen Jones, Norman Lamb, Mr Bob Laxton, Mr Tony Lloyd, Judy Mallaber, Rob Marris, Mr George Osborne, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Mark Prisk, Mr Mark Simmonds, Geraldine Smith, Mark Tami, Malcolm Wicks, Mrs Betty Williams and Hywel Williams.

4    Draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) Order 2001:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Nick Ainger, Vera Baird, Tony Baldry, Mr Colin Breed, Dr Jack Cunningham, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Mark Francois, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr Michael Meacher, Mr Mike O'Brien, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Mr Terry Rooney, Mr Jonathan Sayeed, Mr Clive Soley and Mr Roger Williams.

5    Draft Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Highway Functions) (England) Order 2001 and the draft Street Works (Charges for Occupation of the Highway) (England) Regulations 2001:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Ms Diane Abbott, Peter Bottomley, Mr Julian Brazier, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Wayne David, Paul Farrelly, Alan Howarth, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Kevin McNamara, Chris Mole, Mr Malcolm Moss, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Dave Watts, Mr Phil Woolas, David Wright and Richard Younger-Ross.

6    Draft Social Security (Loss of Benefit) Regulations 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr James Clappison, Sir Patrick Cormack, Denzil Davies, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr Edward Garnier, Paul Holmes, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Mr Brian Sedgemore, Angela Smith, Mr Chris Smith, Dr Rudi Vis, Steve Webb, Malcolm Wicks and Mr James Wray.

7    Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Enforcement of External Orders) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Jon Cruddas, Paul Farrelly and Mr James Wray from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution David Cairns, Mr Tom Clarke and Ann McKechin.

8    Draft Driving Licences (Disqualification until Test Passed) (Prescribed Offence) Order 2001,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

European Standing Committees

9    European Union document No. 13425/01, relating to the European Arrest Warrant, 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 [The Threat from Terrorism]; to be printed [Nos. 348-iii and -iv] [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 [Nos. 304-v] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    3    Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Departmental Responsibilities for Sustainable Development]; to be printed [No. 326-iii] [Mr John Horam].

    4    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Flooding]; to be printed [No. 411-i] [Mr David Curry].

    5    European Scrutiny,-Eighth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 152-viii] [Mr Jim Marshall].

    6    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Gibraltar]; to be printed [Nos. 413-i and -ii] [Donald Anderson].

    7    Public Accounts,-Part of Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Giving Confidently: The Role of the Charity Commission in Regulating Charities]; to be printed [No. 412-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    8    Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [London Underground]; to be printed [No. 387-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    9    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [HM Customs and Excise: The Roques Report]; to be printed [No. 371-ii] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 30]

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 Tony McNulty.)

      And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst     

Deputy Speaker   



 
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