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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 4th December 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Animal Health Bill,-Mr Eric Illsely reported from Standing Committee E, That it had gone through the Animal Health 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.431].

2    Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Jimmy Hood reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Driving Licences (Disqualification until Test Passed) (Prescribed Offence) Order 2001.

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

3    Royal Assent,-The Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts, agreed upon by both Houses:

      European Communities (Finance) Act 2001

      Human Reproductive Cloning Act 2001

      National Australia Group Europe Act 2001.

4    Health (Patients' Rights),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the National Health Service to provide a patient with treatment in a private hospital or in a hospital outside the United Kingdom in certain circumstances; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Graham Brady, Mr Frank Field, Dr Ian Gibson, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mrs Marion Roe, Dr Richard Taylor, Mr Nicholas Winterton and Mr John Burnett do prepare and bring it in.

5    Health (Patients' Rights) Bill,-Mr Graham Brady accordingly presented a Bill to require the National Health Service to provide a patient with treatment in a private hospital or in a hospital outside the United Kingdom in certain circumstances; 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 61].

6    Education Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Education 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, whilst supporting the principle that schools should be given greater freedom to use innovative methods to deliver improvements in standards, declines to give a Second Reading to the Education Bill because it contains nothing that will help schools solve real problems such as falling standards of discipline and the teacher crisis; gives even more power to the Secretary of State instead of devolving power down to schools and head teachers; effectively ends any kind of local democratic control of schools; and because it adds new tiers of bureaucracy to the organisation of education, increasing still further the already overwhelming bureaucratic burden on teachers', instead thereof.-(Mr Damian Green.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 188.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Jim Fitzpatrick: 325.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Jim Fitzpatrick: 323.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 188.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

7    Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the Motion in the name of Mr Robin Cook relating to Business of the House may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour-(Mr Fraser Kemp);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Jim Fitzpatrick: 305.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 190.

    So the Question was agreed to.

8    Education 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 Education Bill:

    Standing Committee

    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 24th January 2002.

    4. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.

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 proceedings on consideration 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 Fraser Kemp);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Jim Fitzpatrick: 349.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 136.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Education Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

    (1) any sums required by the Secretary of State for the purpose of providing financial assistance under the Act,

    (2) any other expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of the Act, and

    (3) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which by virtue of any other Act are payable out of money provided by Parliament-(Mr Graham Stringer):-It was agreed to.

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

    (1) the charging by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England or Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales of fees in respect of the inspection of independent schools, and

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

11    Civil Aviation,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Carriage by Air Acts (Implementation of the Montreal Convention 1999) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 16th November, be approved-(Mr Graham Stringer):-It was agreed to.

12    Civil Aviation,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Carriage by Air Acts (Application of Provisions) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 16th November, be approved-(Mr Graham Stringer):-It was agreed to.

13    Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That-

    (1) At the sittings on Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th December, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any Lords Messages relating to the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill have been received; and

    (2) At the sitting on Thursday 13th December, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until he shall have reported the Royal Assent to any Act agreed upon by both Houses -(Mr Stephen Twigg);

Wednesday 5th December 2001

    Mr Paul Tyler moved, That the House sit in private.

    The Deputy Speaker put the Question forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No 163 (Motion to sit in private):-It was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker accordingly ordered the withdrawal from the House of those other than Members or Officers.

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Debate be now adjourned-(Mr Douglas Hogg)

    Motion made, and Question put, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe):-It was agreed to.

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till nineteen minutes to Two o'clock, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 1.41 a.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 Negative Resolution:

1    Income Tax,-Double Taxation Relief (Surrender of Relievable Tax Within a Group) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3873), dated 4th December 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

2    London Government,-Greater London Authority Elections (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3789), dated 26th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

3    Trade Marks,-Trade Marks (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3832), dated 29th November 2001 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

4    Defence,-Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 4th December 2001, concerning the Ministry of Defence's agreement with QinetiQ on the allocation of pre-vesting liabilities [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

5    Oil and Pipelines,-Report and Accounts of the Oil and Pipelines Agency for 2000-01 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

6    Police,-(1) National Crime Squad Grant Report 2002-03, and

(2) National Criminal Intelligence Service Grant Report 2002-03

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

7    Police (Northern Ireland),-Report 3 of the Office of the Oversight Commissioner for 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

8    Supply Estimates, 2001-02-Winter Supplementary Estimates and Summary Supplementary Request for Supply for 2001-02 for Central Government [by Command]; to be printed [No. 391] [Mr Andrew Smith].

9    Treasury,-Treasury Minute, dated 4th December 2001, directing the application of certain amounts as appropriations in aid of the Estimates for the year ending 31st March 2002 [by Act] [Mr Andrew Smith].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The Sport of Swimming]; to be printed [No. 418-i] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-First Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Gibraltar], 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. 413] [Mr Donald Anderson].

    3    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Prisons]; to be printed [No. 428] [Mr Chris Mullin].

    4    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [The Effectiveness of the Reforms of European Development Assistance]; to be printed [No. 417-i] [Mr Tony Baldry].

    5    Statutory Instruments,-Twelfth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-xii] [Mr Brian White].

    6    Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Energy Policy: Security of Supply]; to be printed [No. 364-v and vi] [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 [Departmental Estimates and Annual Report 2001 and Recent Policy Developments]; to be printed [No. 373-ii] [Mr Andrew Bennett]

    8    Treasury,-(1) Eighth Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee (Session 2001-01) on HM Treasury]; to be printed [No. 429];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [2001 Pre-Budget Report]; to be printed [No. 430-i]

    [Mr John McFall].

    9    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Farming and food prices in Wales]; to be printed [No. 427-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].

[W.H., No. 32]

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 John Heppell);

    And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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