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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 16th January 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    European Standing Committee A,-Mr Bill O'Brien reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 5771/01, a Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the Sixth Environmental Action Programme of the European Community: 'Europe 2010: Our future, Our choice', and a Proposal for a draft Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the Community Environmental Action Programme 2001-2010; considers that co-ordinated action at a Community level is the most effective way of addressing the main environmental objectives of the programme; welcomes the strategic approach; agrees with the objectives, particularly the identification of the four priority areas; endorses the emphasis on climate change as an outstanding challenge of the next 10 years and beyond; supports the Government's efforts to ensure that policy is developed on the basis of full analysis of the issues with consideration of the full range of instruments; endorses the Government's position that the programme should be ambitious yet achievable, and that where analysis has not yet been completed detailed targets should be set out in thematic strategies to be developed later; and supports the Government's aim that the programme should give a clear steer on improved and consistent implementation and enforcement.

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

2    Travel Concessions (Young Persons),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to permit local authorities to include persons at or under the age of 25 in travel concession schemes: And that Dr Phyllis Starkey, Charlotte Atkins, Richard Burden, Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr Vernon Coaker, Phil Hope, Helen Jackson, Mr David Lammy, Margaret Moran, Mr Martin Salter and Ms Claire Ward do prepare and bring it in.

3    Travel Concessions (Young Persons) Bill,-Dr Phyllis Starkey accordingly presented a Bill to permit local authorities to include persons at or under the age of 25 in travel concession schemes: 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 82].

4    Opposition Day [7th allotted day],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the leader of the second largest opposition party in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    State of the Railways,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes the failure of the Government to tackle adequately the growing crisis on British railways; and believes that the salary of the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions should be reduced by 1.8 per cent. and that payment of a further 22 per cent. be withheld until 31st March 2003-(Mr Don Foster);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'believes that the railway infrastructure was badly damaged by decades of underinvestment and a flawed privatisation; recognises that the Government made tough decisions in the first two years of the last Parliament to deliver the economic stability that means it can put record levels of investment into the railways; notes that annual average total investment in rail over the 10 year plan will be 4.3 billion, compared to 1.4 billion for the period 1989/90-1996/97; congratulates the Government on its decisive action over Railtrack, so undoing a failed Conservative privatisation; welcomes the SRA's Strategic Plan that sets out an effective agenda for the railways; calls for the resolution of the present industrial disputes through negotiation not strike action; and believes that the steps taken have laid the groundwork for a railway system that will be fit for the 21st century', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Byers.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Bob Russell, Annette Brooke: 207.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Phil Woolas, Mr Graham Stringer: 339.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):-It was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House believes that the railway infrastructure was badly damaged by decades of underinvestment and a flawed privatisation; recognises that the Government made tough decisions in the first two years of the last Parliament to deliver the economic stability that means it can put record levels of investment into the railways; notes that annual average total investment in rail over the 10 year plan will be 4.3 billion, compared to 1.4 billion for the period 1989/90-1996/97; congratulates the Government on its decisive action over Railtrack, so undoing a failed Conservative privatisation; welcomes the SRA's Strategic Plan that sets out an effective agenda for the railways; calls for the resolution of the present industrial disputes through negotiation not strike action; and believes that the steps taken have laid the groundwork for a railway system that will be fit for the 21st century.

    State of the Care System,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes that the underfunding of social care by successive Governments had led to bottlenecks and delays in the NHS, reducing health care capacity and increasing waiting times; further believes that it is the most vulnerable elderly who suffer the consequences of inadequate care; regrets that the piecemeal approach of the Government to hospital delayed discharge simply shifts the pressures from one part of the care system to another; condemns the Government for its mishandling and misunderstanding of the care home sector and the consequent loss of homes and beds; regrets that the failure to adequately fund social care has produced serious staff shortages and reduced choice and quality for those in need of care; and calls on the Government to undertake a whole system review of funding for social care to tackle staff shortages, increase capacity, promote choice and ensure that people get the right care at the right time-(Mr Paul Burstow);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the Government's strategy for modernising social care services through unprecedented real terms increases in resources, which enables and promotes better joint working between the NHS, social services, and the independent care sectors, develops a national framework for standards and quality and ensures a greater emphasis on users and patients in the design and delivery of services; notes that this has led to more independence for older people, fairer funding of long term care, reduced levels of delayed discharge and greater choice for users; and condemns the Liberal Democrats for their obsession with producer interests over those of users and patients and their failure to recognise that investment must be matched by reform', instead thereof.-(Jacqui Smith.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, John Thurso, Annette Brooke: 60.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr John Heppell: 314.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr John Heppell: 301.

      Tellers for the Noes, John Thurso, Annette Brooke: 60.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's strategy for modernising social care services through unprecedented real terms increases in resources, which enables and promotes better joint working between the NHS, social services, and the independent care sectors, develops a national framework for standards and quality and ensures a greater emphasis on users and patients in the design and delivery of services; notes that this has led to more independence for older people, fairer funding of long term care, reduced levels of delayed discharge and greater choice for users; and condemns the Liberal Democrats for their obsession with producer interests over those of users and patients and their failure to recognise that investment must be matched by reform.

5    Sittings in Westminster Hall,-Ordered, That, following the Order of 20th November 2000, Mr Nicholas Winterton, Mr John McWilliam, Mr Frank Cook and Mr Edward O'Hara be appointed to act as additional Deputy Speakers at sittings in Westminster Hall during this Session.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

6    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.54 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:

Other Papers:

1    Appropriation Accounts, 2000-01,-Appropriation Accounts of the sums granted by Parliament for 2000-01 for Classes:

    (1) VIII (International Development), and

    (2) XI (Culture, Media and Sport)

[by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 335-VIII and -XI] [Mr Paul Boateng].

2    Public Lending Right,-Report by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Public Lending Right Scheme for 2000-01, incorporating the Registrar's Annual Review and Summary Financial Statement of the Public Lending Right Central Fund for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

3    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the Petition [13th November] from Mrs Jonete S. Coates and others in support of speed-reducing measures on the Tollerton Road in Huby, Yorkshire [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

4    Treaty Series (No. 1, 2002),-Europe Agreement, done at Luxembourg on 10th June 1996, establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States, acting within the Framework of the European Union, of the one part, and the Republic of Slovenia, of the other part, with Final Act [by Command] [Cm. 5348] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Office of Communications Bill [Lords]:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee E, and has appointed Mr Roger Gale, Mr George Stevenson and Miss Ann Widdecombe Chairmen; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-three Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Douglas Alexander, Mr Richard Allan, Mr Adrian Bailey, Mr Chris Bryant, Mrs Helen Clark, Michael Fabricant, Paul Farrelly, Mr John Grogan, Nick Harvey, Dr Kim Howells, Mr Fraser Kemp, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Martin Linton, Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr Andrew Miller, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Bill Rammell, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Ian Taylor, Mr Simon Thomas, Angela Watkinson, Brian White and Derek Wyatt.

2    Draft Police Emblems and Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Crispin Blunt, Mrs Patsy Calton, Jim Dobbin, Jim Dowd, Mr Mark Francois, Jane Griffiths, Mr John Hayes, Lady Hermon, Jane Kennedy, Siobhain McDonagh, John McDonnell, Shona McIsaac, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr Graham Stringer, Mr Andrew Turner and Mr Tom Watson.

3    Draft Financial Assistance for Industry (Increase of Limit) Order 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Karen Buck, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Michael Clapham, Brian Cotter, Mr Philip Hammond, Mr Charles Hendry, Alan Johnson, Mr Bob Laxton, Ms Meg Munn, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Dennis Skinner, David Taylor, Paddy Tipping, Mr Mark Todd, Mr Andrew Tyrie and Angela Watkinson.

4    Draft Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Dissolution) Order 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Colin Breed, David Burnside, Mr David Drew, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, David Hamilton, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Eric Martlew, Mr Elliot Morley, Anne Picking, Mr Terry Rooney, Mr Mark Simmonds, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Hugo Swire, Mr Paul Truswell and Mr Mike Wood.

5    Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Apsley House) Order 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Kevin Barron, Barbara Follett, Mr John Greenway, Nick Harvey, Mr David Heyes, Dr Kim Howells, Mr Kevan Jones, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Mark Prisk, Mr Bill Rammell, Hugh Robertson, John Robertson, Mr Laurence Robertson, Bob Russell, Mr Alan Simpson and Mr Robert N. Wareing.

6    Fur Farming (Compensation Scheme) (England) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3853):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr David Chidgey Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Nick Ainger, Norman Baker, Richard Burden, Geraint Davies, Mr Adrian Flook, Mr George Galloway, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Matthew Green, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr John Lyons, Andrew Mackinlay, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Elliot Morley, Mr Andy Reed, Mr Malcolm Savidge and Mrs Ann Winterton.

7    National Care Standards Commission (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3980) and the National Care Standards Commission (Registration) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3969):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr John Butterfill Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Harold Best, Mr Paul Burstow, Mr David Cameron, Sir Sydney Chapman, Dr Jack Cunningham, Mr Bill Etherington, Jim Fitzpatrick, Tim Loughton, Mr Andrew Love, Albert Owen, Jacqui Smith, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Mr Gerry Steinberg, Mr Keith Vaz, Mr David Wilshire and Mr James Wray.

8    Private and Voluntary Health Care (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3968) and the Care Home Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3965):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr James Cran Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Tony Banks, Peter Bottomley, Colin Burgon, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Ronnie Campbell, Ross Cranston, Michael Fabricant, Jim Fitzpatrick, Dr Evan Harris, Norman Lamb, Mr Andrew Love, Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr Jonathan R. Shaw, Ms Debra Shipley, Jacqui Smith and Mr David Wilshire.

European Standing Committees

9    The Court of Auditors Annual Report 2000 has been referred to European Standing Committee B, together with European Union Documents Nos. 9208/01 and 9207/01, both relating to sound financial management and fighting fraud.

10    European Union Document No. 14492/01, relating to the Commission Opinion on the European Parliament's amendments to the Council's common position regarding the draft Directive amending the 1976 Equal Treatment Directive, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

11    European Union Documents Nos. 11576/01 and 11496/01, relating to genetically modified food and feed, have been referred to European Standing Committee C.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Defence and Security in the United Kingdom]; to be printed [No. 518-i] [Mr Bruce George].

    2    Education and Skills,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Department for Education and Skills: The Next Four Years; Further Education: Follow-up]; to be printed [No. 304-vii]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Individual Learning Accounts; Further Education: Follow-up]

    [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    3    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-First Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The Impact of Foot and Mouth Disease]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 323] [Mr David Curry].

    4    European Scrutiny, -(1) Twelfth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 152-xii]; and

    (2) Thirteenth Report from the Committee [Appointment of Parliamentary Representatives to the Convention on the Future of Europe], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 152-xiii]

    [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    5    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [National Institute for Clinical Excellence]; to be printed [No. 515-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    6    Public Accounts,-(1) Fifteenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [How English Further Education Colleges can improve Student Performance]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 528]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Royal Travel by Air and Rail] [No. 529-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

    7    Science and Technology,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Cancer Research-A Follow-up]; to be printed [No. 444-ii] [Dr Ian Gibson].

    8    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Departmental Estimates and Annual Report 2001 and Recent Policy Developments]; to be printed [No. 373-iv]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Committee on 15th January [Tall Buildings]; to be printed [No. 482-II]

    [Andrew Bennett].

    9    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [The Office of Government Commerce]; to be printed [No. 350-ii] [Mr John McFall].

    10    Work and Pensions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee ['ONE' Pilots: Lessons for Jobcentre Plus]; to be printed [No. 426-iii] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].

[W.H., No. 44]

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 Tony McNulty);

    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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CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday 18th December, in Appendix III, item 8 (Welsh Affairs) should have House of Commons printing number 525-i.



 
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