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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 10th December 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Income Tax,-The Vice Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That its Addresses of 28th November had been presented to Her Majesty; and that Her Majesty had been pleased to receive the same very graciously and to give the following Answer:

    I have received your Addresses praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Lithuania) Order 2001 and the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) Order 2001 be made in the form of the drafts laid before your House on 14th November.

    I will comply with your request.

2    Death of a Member,-The Speaker made the following communication to the House:

    I regret to have to report to the House the death of Sir Raymond Powell, Member for Ogmore. I am sure that Members on all sides will join me in mourning the loss of a colleague and in extending our sympathy to the honourable Member's family and friends.

3    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Government's Assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report 2001 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

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

4    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the 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.

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

5    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Nigel Beard reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Social Security (Loss of Benefit) Regulations 2001.

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

6    European Standing Committee B,-Mr Win Griffiths reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 13425/01, Draft Council Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant and the Surrender Procedures between the Member States; and supports the Government's active participation in the debate on the draft Framework Decision and the Government's intention to ensure that extradition within the European Union takes place on the basis of the principles of mutual recognition.

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

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

    National Heritage Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to make further provision in relation to the functions of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

8    Tax Credits Bill,-The Tax Credits Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

9    Tax Credits 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 Tax Credits Bill:

Committal

    (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 messages 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 Thursday 24th 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 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 on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading-(Mr John Heppell);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr John Heppell: 314.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Julian Brazier: 155.

    So the Question was agreed to.

10    Tax Credits Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Tax Credits 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 Tax Credits Bill, it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the deduction of payments for or in respect of tax credits from the gross revenues of the department of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue,

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

      (a) any expenditure of a Minister of the Crown or that department under or by virtue of the Act, and

      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in sums payable out of money provided by Parliament under any other Act, and

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

11    Road Traffic,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Driving Licences (Disqualification until Test Passed) (Prescribed Offence) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 15th November, be approved-(Angela Smith):-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 Transport Act 2000 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 15th November, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

13    Electricity,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 14th November, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

14    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Ordered, That Mr Andrew Hunter be discharged from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and Mr Keith Simpson be added to the Committee.-(Mr Keith Hill, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

15    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Billericay and district and others for an increase in the resources available to Essex police was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

16    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Angela Smith.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.41 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 7th December 2001 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Countryside,-Peak District National Park Authority (Restriction of Agricultural Operations) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3913), dated 6th December 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

2    Electricity,-Electricity from Non-Fossil Fuel Sources (Locational Flexibility) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3914), dated 6th December 2001 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

3    Local Government,-Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3915), dated 7th December 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

4    Public Health,-Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3896), dated 5th December 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

5    Road Traffic,-Drivers' Hours (Goods Vehicles) (Milk Collection) (Temporary Exemption) (Revocation) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3908), dated 6th December 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

6    Statistics of Trade,-Statistics of Trade (Customs and Excise) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3887), dated 5th December 2001 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 10th December 2001:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

7    Agriculture,-(1) England Rural Development Programme (Project Variations) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3900),

    (2) Rural Development Grants (Agriculture and Forestry) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3897), and

    (3) Slaughter Premium (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3906),

    dated 6th December 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

8    Banks and Banking,-Protection of the Euro against Counterfeiting Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3948), dated 10th December 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

9    Designs,-(1) Registered Designs (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3950), and

(2) Registered Designs (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3951),

dated 8th December 2001 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

10    Education,-(1) Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (Consolidation) (England) (Amendment) Regulations (S.I., 2001, No. 3938), dated 6th December 2001; and

    (2) Education (Special Educational Needs Code of Practice) (Appointed Day) (England) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3943), dated 5th December 2001

    [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

11    European Communities,-Rural Development Grants (Local Communities) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3899), dated 6th December 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

12    Medicines,-Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3942), dated 9th December 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

13    Rating and Valuation,-(1) Non-Domestic Rating Contributions (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3944), dated 10th December 2001; and

    (2) Non-Domestic Rating (Designation of Rural Areas) (England) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3916), dated 7th December 2001

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

14    Pesticides,-Plant Protection Products (Payments) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3898), dated 4th December 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

15    Water,-Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3911), dated 7th December 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

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Other Papers:

16    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on the Petition [20th November] from the residents of Canvey Island against the proposed erection of a mobile telephone antenna and cabin [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Education Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Graham Brady, Mr Vernon Coaker, Dr Hywel Francis, Mr John Heppell, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Stephen Timms and Mr Phil Willis members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee G in respect of the Bill.

2    Government's Assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report 2001 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Harry Cohen, Clive Efford, Mr Barry Gardiner and Joan Ryan from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Report); and nominated in substitution Lawrie Quinn, Mr Terry Rooney, Ms Gisela Stuart and Ms Claire Ward.

3    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,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Glenda Jackson and David Wright from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order and draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Alan Howarth and Syd Rapson.

4    Draft Social Security (Loss of Benefit) Regulations 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr James Wray from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Anthony D. Wright.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Post-16 Student Support]; to be printed [No. 445-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    Public Accounts,-(1) Eleventh Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Office of Gas and Electricity Markets: Giving Domestic Customers a Choice of Electricity Supplier]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 446];

    (2) Twelfth Report from the Committee [The Radiocommunications Agency's joint venture with CMG]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 447]; and

    (3) Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Ministry of Defence: Major Projects Report 2001]; to be printed [No. 448-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].



 
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