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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 31st January 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the further consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;

    Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Thursday 7th February.

2    Liaison,-Mr Alan Williams reported, pursuant to Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee), That the Liaison Committee had directed him to report the following recommendation for the allocation of time for the consideration of Estimates on an allotted day (being the second allotted day in the present Session of Parliament):

    That a day not later than 18th March be allotted for the consideration of the following Supplementary Estimates for the financial year 2001-02:

      Ministry of Defence in so far as they relate to the deployment of Ministry of Defence resources in the war against terrorism;

      HM Treasury in so far as they relate to policy on environmental taxation.

    Report to lie upon the Table.

3    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Bill Olner reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Air Navigation (Environmental Standards) Order 2002.

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

4    Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill [Lords] (Programme) (No. 2),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [28th June], That, pursuant to the report of 24th January from Standing Committee D, the Order of 8th January (Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill [Lords] (Programme)) shall be varied as follows-

Consideration and Third Reading

    1. Paragraphs 5 and 6 of the Order shall be omitted.

    2. Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be concluded in two allotted days.

    3. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Nine o'clock on the second of those days or, if that day is a Thursday, at Six o'clock on that day.

    4. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock on the second of those days or, if that day is a Thursday, at Seven o'clock on that day.

    5. An allotted day is one on which the Bill is put down on the main business as first Government Order of the day-(Mr John Heppell):-It was agreed to.

5    Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Bill [Lords],-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    Amendment (No. 2) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 5, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(1A)In section 94(1) of the Transport Act 1985 (administration of schemes: reimbursement, etc), after paragraph (a), there is inserted-

      "(aa)the method by which the authority is to be reimbursed, whether through the Revenue Support Grant or otherwise, in respect of any expenditure arising from the operation of the Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Act 2002.".'.-(Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Peter Atkinson: 128.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Nick Ainger: 262.

    Another Amendment (No. 4) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 21, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(4A)Subsections (1) to (4) above shall not affect the operation of any travel concession scheme more generous than that provided by section 145(1) (mandatory concessions outside Greater London) of the Transport Act 2000 and by section 242 (requirements as to scope of concessions which must be given if free travel scheme is not to have effect) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 as amended by section 151(12) (concessions inside Greater London) of the Transport Act 2000.'.-(Mr Don Foster.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 3) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 5, to leave out from the word 'on' to the end of line 7 and insert the words 'the day six months after Royal Assent has been signified to the Act.'.-(Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with an Amendment.

6    Agriculture (S.I., 2001, No. 3966),-A Motion was made and the Question being put, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Environmental Impact Assessment (Uncultivated Land and Semi-natural Areas) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3966), dated 10th December 2001, a copy of which was laid before this House on 11th December, be annulled-(Mr Peter Ainsworth):-It was negatived.

7    Line of Route,-Resolved, That this House approves the First Report from the Administration Committee, Session 2001-02, on The Summer Line of Route-The 2001 Opening and Proposals for the Future (House of Commons Paper No. 433).-(Mrs Marion Roe.)

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Amendment made by this House to the Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

9    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Nick Ainger);

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

10    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.29 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Rehabilitation of Offenders,-Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

2    Terrorism,-Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) Order 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Education,-(1) Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations 2001 (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 173), and

    (2) Education (Student Support) Regulations 2001 (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 174),

    dated 31st January 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

4    Local Government,-Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 155), dated 30th January 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

5    Road Traffic,-Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (City of Southampton) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 126), dated 28th January 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

6    Town and Country Planning,-Planning and Compensation Act 1991 (Amendment of Schedule 18) (England) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 116), dated 24th January 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

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

    (1) II (Department of Health),

    (2) III (Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions),

    (3) IV (Home Office),

    (4) X (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Intervention Board-Executive Agency),

    (5) XVI (Departments of the Chancellor of the Exchequer),

    (6) XVII (Cabinet Office and Central Office of Information) and

    (7) XVIII, XVIIIB and XVIIIC (Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner, Parliament, etc; National Audit Office; Electoral Commission),

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 335-II, -III, - IV, -X, -XVI, -XVII and -XVIII] [Mr Paul Boateng].

8    Aviation and Maritime Security,-Report for 2001 by the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions under section 44 of the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990 on the numbers of notices served by him under section 19 of the 1990 Act, the number of directions given by him under sections 19, 21, 22, 23 and 24 of the Act, and the number of enforcement notices served by authorised persons under the Act [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

9    Aviation Security,-Report for 2001 by the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions under section 23 of the Aviation Security Act 1982 as amended by the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990 on the numbers of notices served by him under section 11 of the 1982 Act as amended, the number of directions given by him under sections 12, 13, 13A and 14 of the amended Act, and the number of enforcement notices served by authorised persons under the amended Act [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

10    Channel Tunnel Security,-Report for 2001 by the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions under Article 35 of the Channel Tunnel (Security) Order 1994 on the numbers of notices served by him under Article 11, directions given by him under articles 13, 14, 15 and 16 of the Order, and enforcement notices served by authorised persons [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Byers].

11    Charity Commission,-Resource Accounts of the Charity Commission for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 565] [Mr Paul Boateng].

12    Defence Executive Agencies,-Reports and Accounts of-

    (1) Army Personnel Centre,

    (2) British Forces Post Office,

    (3) Defence Intelligence and Security Centre, and

    (4) Service Children's Education

    for 2000-01, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 546, 534, 584 and 551] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

13    Education and Employment,-Resource Accounts of the Department for Education and Employment for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 551] [Mr Paul Boateng].

14    Environment, Transport and the Regions,-Resource Accounts of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 536] [Mr Paul Boateng].

15    Exchange Equalisation,-Exchange Equalisation Account for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 522] [Ruth Kelly].

16    Food Standards,-Resource Accounts of the Food Standards Agency for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 513] [Mr Paul Boateng].

17    Foreign and Commonwealth Office,-Resource Accounts of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 553] [Mr Paul Boateng].

18    Forestry,-(1) Reports and Accounts of Forest Research, and

    (2) Report and Resource Accounts of the Forestry Commission

    for 2000-01, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 247 and 246] [Secretary Margaret Beckett], and

(3) Resource Accounts for 2000-01 of the-

      (a) Forestry Commission, and

      (b) Forestry Commission Pension Scheme

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 527 and 535] [Mr Paul Boateng].

19     Government Trading Funds,-Resource Accounts of the Central Office of Information for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 566] [Mr Paul Boateng].

20    Health,-Resource Accounts of the Department of Health for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 567] [Mr Paul Boateng].

21    Lord Chancellor's Department,-Resource Accounts of the Lord Chancellor's Department for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 568] [Mr Paul Boateng].

22    Lord Chancellor's Department Executive Agencies,-Resource Accounts of the Northern Ireland Court Service for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 570] [Mr Paul Boateng].

23    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Defence: The Joint Services Command and Staff College [by Act]; to be printed [No. 537] [Clerk of the House].

24    National Health Service Pensions,-Resource Accounts of the National Health Service Pension Scheme (England and Wales) for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 569] [Mr Paul Boateng].

25    Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme,-Resource Accounts of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 554] [Mr Paul Boateng].

26    Privy Council Office,-Resource Accounts of the Privy Council Office for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 571] [Mr Paul Boateng].

27    Prosecution of Offences,-Resource Accounts of the Crown Prosecution Service for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 540] [Mr Paul Boateng].

28    Scotland Office,-Resource Accounts of the Scotland Office (Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland) for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 531] [Mr Paul Boateng].

29    Social Security,-Resource Accounts of the Department of Social Security for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 491] [Mr Paul Boateng].

30    Teachers' Pension Scheme,-Resource Accounts of the Teachers' Pension Scheme for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 552] [Mr Paul Boateng].

31    Terrorism,-Report on the Operation in 2001 of Part VII of the Terrorism Act 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

32    Transport, Local Government and the Regions Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the Highways Agency for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 523] [Mr Secretary Byers].

33    Treasury,-Resource Accounts of HM Treasury for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 573] [Mr Paul Boateng].

34    Treasury Executive Agencies,-Resource Accounts of the Office for National Statistics for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 122] [Mr Paul Boateng].

35    Treasury Solicitor,-Resource Accounts of HM Procurator and Treasury Solicitor's Office for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 574] [Mr Paul Boateng].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Contracting Out (Functions in relation to Apsley House) Order 2002,-The Speaker has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

European Standing Committees

2    The Speaker has appointed Miss Ann Widdecombe Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of the Court of Auditors Annual Report 2000 and two documents relating to sound financial management and fighting fraud (9208/01 and 9207/01).

3    The Speaker has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of the 1976 Equal Treatment Directive (14492/01).

Grand Committees

4    The Speaker has appointed Mrs Irene Adams Chairman of the Scottish Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Wednesday 13th February.

5    The Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood Chairman of the Scottish Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Tuesday 5th March.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Ombudsman Issues]; to be printed [No. 563-i] [Tony Wright].

[W.H., No. 51]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]

The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

    Adjournment (Gibraltar)-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Ivor Caplin);

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 5th February.

[Adjourned at 5.45 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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