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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 14th January 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Edward O'Hara reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3561)

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

2    Telecommunications Transmitters (Restrictions on Planning Applications) Bill,-The Order for reading the Telecommunications Transmitters (Restrictions on Planning Applications) Bill a second time on Friday 18th January was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 12th April.

3    Religious Discrimination and Remedies Bill,-John Austin, supported by Mr Terry Rooney, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr David Chidgey, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Mr David Atkinson and Clive Efford, presented a Bill to render unlawful religious discrimination in employment and in the provision of certain types of goods, facilities and services and to make provision for appropriate enforcement; to create new offences relating to incitement to religious hatred; and for related purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 12th April and to be printed [Bill 80].

4    Office of Communications Bill [Lords],-The Office of Communications Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time.

5    Office of Communications Bill [Lords] (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [28th June], That the following provisions shall apply to the Office of Communications Bill [Lords]:

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 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 Tuesday 5th February 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 Phil Woolas);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Fraser Kemp: 307.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr John Randall: 74.

    So the Question was agreed to.

6    Office of Communications Bill [Lords] [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Office of Communications 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 Office of Communications Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise-

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

      (i) any expenses of the Secretary of State under the Act; and

      (ii) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums of money so payable under any other enactment; and

    (b) the payment of money into the Consolidated Fund-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

7    Home Energy Conservation Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Home Energy Conservation Bill [Money];

    Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Home Energy Conservation Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of -

    (a) any expenditure of the Secretary of State in consequence of the Act; and

    (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided by virtue of any other Act.-(Mr Michael Meacher.)

8    2001 Broad Economic Guidelines,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Documents 8261/01 and 9326/01 on the Broad Economic Policy Guidelines; and supports the Government's welcome for the publication of the Guidelines in giving operational content to the conclusions of the Lisbon and Stockholm summits, in reflecting the importance of structural reform in tackling successfully the challenges of globalisation and competitiveness; and in promoting employment and social inclusion-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

9    Administration,-Ordered, That David Wright be discharged from the Administration Committee and Mr John MacDougall be added to the Committee.-(Keith Hill, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

10    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Jim Fitzpatrick);

    And the Motion having been made after 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, it being then two minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.58 p.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    European Communities,-EC Competition Law (Articles 84 and 85) Enforcement (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 42), dated 14th January 2002 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

2    National Health Service,-Primary Care Trusts (Membership, Procedure and Administration Arrangements) Amendment (No. 3) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 38), dated 13th January 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

3    Road Traffic,-Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Norfolk) (City of Norwich) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 37), dated 14th January 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

4    Deregulation,-Draft Regulatory Reform (Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979) Order 2002, together with a statement by the Department for Work and Pensions [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

5    National Audit,-Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on-

    (1) Improving student achievement in English higher education, and

    (2) Widening participation in higher education in England

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 486 and 485] [Clerk of the House].

6    Social Services (Training),-Account of the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 510] [Clerk of the House].

7    Statutory Instruments (Notification),-Communications declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instruments had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instruments came into operation:

    Firemen's Pension Scheme (Pension Sharing) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3691), and

    Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (No. 14) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 4046)

    [by Standing Order] [The Speaker].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Tax Credits Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Jon Cruddas in place of Ms Karen Buck as a member of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

2    Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill [Lords],-The Committee of Selection has nominated Mr Stephen Hepburn as an additional Member to serve on Standing Committee D in respect of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill [Lords].

3    Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3561),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Bob Blizzard from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Neil Turner.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    Public Accounts,-(1) Fourteenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The Millennium Dome], together with an Appendix 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. 516]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Inappropriate Adjustments to NHS Waiting Lists]; to be printed [No. 517-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].



 
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