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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 29th January 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    Land at Palace Avenue, Kensington (Acquisition of Freehold) Bill,-The Land at Palace Avenue, Kensington (Acquisition of Freehold) Bill was read a second time and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.

2    London Development Agency Bill,-Ordered, That the London Development Agency Bill be read a second time on Wednesday 6th February.

3    Mersey Tunnels Bill,-Ordered, That the Mersey Tunnels Bill be read a second time on Thursday 7th February.

4    Deregulation and Regulatory Reform,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the Deregulation and Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolution:

    That the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Voluntary Aided Schools Liabilities and Funding) (England) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 20th November, should be amended before a draft Order is laid before the House.

5    Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Butterfill reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the National Care Standards Commission (Registration) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3969) and the National Care Standards Commission (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3980).

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

6    Road Safety and Speed,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make further provision for road safety measures in residential areas and for the indication of speed limits: And that Chris Grayling, Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody, Andrew Bennett, Mr Paul Goodman, Mr Mark Francois, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr Adrian Flook, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger and Andrew Selous do prepare and bring it in.

7    Road Safety and Speed Bill,-Chris Grayling accordingly presented a Bill to make further provision for road safety measures in residential areas and for the indication of speed limits: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 10th May and to be printed [Bill 85].

8    Opposition Day [9th allotted day],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    The Government's Management of the Post Office,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that under this Government the Post Office has gone from a profitable organisation to a business that is making half-yearly operating losses of 100 million, has the worst strike record of any business in the country and is consistently failing to meet its delivery targets; deplores its reported intention to abandon its morning delivery guarantee; condemns the Government for retaining Consignia in full public ownership while at the same time refusing to take any responsibility for its failures; further notes that in the last financial year another 547 sub post offices closed; regrets the Government's determination to press ahead with the withdrawal of benefit payments across the counter despite its failure to put in place any alternative source of income, thus threatening the survival of thousands more; and further condemns the Government's total mismanagement, which has created the crisis that is facing the Post Office today-(Mr John Whittingdale);

    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 'condemns the running down of the Post Office under 18 years of Conservative government, which saw 3,500 post offices close, hundreds of thousands of days lost through industrial action, a lack of investment which allowed the Post Office to slip behind its competitors, a failure to give the Post Office the commercial freedom it needed to invest and compete; congratulates the current Government for giving the Post Office commercial freedom to make its own decisions, enshrining the universal service obligation in legislation, establishing a new regulatory framework, bringing in new managers, modernising and supporting the post office network and encouraging partnership between employers and unions; and furthermore notes that Consignia invested 296 million in the last financial year, is addressing its cost base, strengthening its management and striving to achieve a world class service in Britain', instead thereof.-(Ms Secretary Hewitt.)

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

    David Maclean rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

    And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:-It was agreed to.

    And the Question being accordingly put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 185.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 324.

    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 Gerry Sutcliffe: 312.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 191.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House condemns the running down of the Post Office under 18 years of Conservative government, which saw 3,500 post offices close, hundreds of thousands of days lost through industrial action, a lack of investment which allowed the Post Office to slip behind its competitors, a failure to give the Post Office the commercial freedom it needed to invest and compete; congratulates the current Government for giving the Post Office commercial freedom to make its own decisions, enshrining the universal service obligation in legislation, establishing a new regulatory framework, bringing in new managers, modernising and supporting the post office network and encouraging partnership between employers and unions; and furthermore notes that Consignia invested 296 million in the last financial year, is addressing its cost base, strengthening its management and striving to achieve a world class service in Britain.

9    Local Government,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 19th December, be approved-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

10    Adjournment (February),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic adjournments), That this House, at its rising on Thursday 14th February, do adjourn till Monday 25th February 2002-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

11    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Dan Norris.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till two minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned 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:

Other Papers:

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

    (1) I (Education and Employment), and

    (2) IX (Trade and Industry and Export Credits Guarantee Department)

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

2    Armed Forces Pay,-Thirty-first Report of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body [by Command] [Cm. 5361] [The Prime Minister].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    Private and Voluntary Health Care (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3968) and the Care Home Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3965), - The Committee of Selection has discharged Ross Cranston and Dr Doug Naysmith from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Richard Burden and Mr David Lepper.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Communications]; to be printed [No. 539-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Deregulation and Regulatory Reform,-Fourth Report from the Deregulation and Regulatory Reform Committee [The Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Voluntary Aided Schools Liabilities and Funding) (England) Order 2002]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 583] [Mr Peter Pike].

    3    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Global Climate Change and Sustainable Development]; to be printed [No. 519-ii] [Tony Baldry].

    4    Statutory Instruments,-Seventeenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-xvii] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    5    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 [Tall Buildings]; to be printed [No. 482-ii] [Andrew Bennett].

[W.H., No. 49]

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 Gerry Sutcliffe.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

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CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings of 28th January, item 2 in Appendix II should have referred to the National Care Standards Commission (Registration) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3969) and the National Care Standards Commission (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3980).



 
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