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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 7th February 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 14th February.

2    Mersey Tunnels Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Mersey Tunnels Bill;

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 12th February.

3    Tax Credits Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Tax Credits Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Recipients of children's tax credit prior to April 2003)-(Steve Webb)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Heath, Richard Younger-Ross: 165.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Angela Smith: 245.

    Another Clause (Means of payment of tax credits to recipients)-(Mr David Heath)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, John Thurso, Richard Younger-Ross: 170.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Ian Pearson: 252.

    Another Clause (Aggravated tax credit fraud)-(Mr James Clappison)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.

    And it being Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [10th December], put the Question already proposed from the Chair.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Stephen O'Brien: 120.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr Ian Pearson: 294.

    The Deputy Speaker then put the remaining Question necessary to bring proceedings on consideration to a conclusion.

    Amendment (No. 23) made to the Bill.

    A Motion being made, That the Bill be now read the third time;

    Mr Paul Boateng, by Her Majesty's Command, acquainted the House, That Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, gives her Consent, as far as Her Majesty's interest is concerned, That the House may do therein as it shall think fit.

    And the Question being put:-It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

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

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

[Adjourned at 8.49 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    Constitutional Law,-Draft Adjacent Waters Boundaries (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

2    Contracting Out,-Draft Contracting Out (Local Education Authority Functions) (England) Order 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

3    Local Government,-Draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

4    Northern Ireland,-(1) Draft Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, together with a statement by the Northern Ireland Office and a report of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and

    (2) draft Sea Fisheries (Northern Ireland) Order 2002

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

5    Police,-Draft Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) Regulations 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

6    Animals,-Fur Farming (Compensation Scheme) (England) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 221), dated 5th February 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

7    Defence,-(1) Courts-Martial (Army) (Amendment) Rules 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 230),

    (2) Courts-Martial (Royal Air Force) (Amendment) Rules 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 229), and

    (3) Courts-Martial (Royal Navy) (Amendment) Rules 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 231)

    dated 5th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

8    Education,-Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations 2001 (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 232), dated 6th February 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

9    Forestry,-Forestry (Felling of Trees) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 226), dated 5th February 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

10    Medicines,-Medicines (Codification Amendments Etc.) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 236), dated 7th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

11    National Health Service,-Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Amendment Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 237), dated 7th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

12    Police,-Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 233), dated 7th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

13    Representation of the People,-Elections (Policy Development Grants Scheme) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 224), dated 5th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

14    Social Security,-Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 238), dated 7th February 2002 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

15    County Courts,-County Court Fees (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 223), dated 6th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Michael Wills].

16    Immigration,-Paper, entitled Secure Borders, Safe Haven: Integration with Diversity in Modern Britain [by Command] [Cm. 5387] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

17    Supreme Court of England and Wales,-Supreme Court Fees (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 222), dated 6th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Michael Wills].

Papers withdrawn:

18    Police,-Draft Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) Regulations 2002 [laid 30th January].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Pension Annuities (Amendment) Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr George Stevenson Chairman of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

2    Industrial and Provident Societies Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr John McWilliam Chairman of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

3    Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) Order 2002,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

4    Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 2002,-The Speaker has appointed Mrs Marion Roe Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

5    Draft Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) Regulations 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Peter Atkinson, Norman Baker, Mr David Cameron, Mr John Denham, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mrs Joan Humble, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr George Mudie, Mr James Paice, Christine Russell, Mr Paul Stinchcombe, Dr Howard Stoate, Mr Robert N. Wareing, Mr Tom Watson and Mr Roger Williams from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations).

6    Draft ABRO Trading Fund Order 2002,-The Speaker has appointed Mr John Butterfill Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-(1) First Report from the Education and Skills Committee [The Work of OFSTED], together with Appendices 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. 437];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 6th February [Individual Learning Accounts]; to be printed [No. 561-iii]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Work of OFSTED]

    [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Police Reform Bill]; to be printed [No. 612-i] [Mr Chris Mullin].

    3    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Memoranda and a Paper laid before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Relocation following Paramilitary Intimidation] [Mr Michael Mates].

    4    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Annual Report of the Health Service Ombudsman]; to be printed [No. 564-i] [Tony Wright].

    5    Standards and Privileges,-Fifth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaints against Mr Keith Vaz], together with Appendices and the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 15th January; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 605] [Sir George Young].

[W.H., No. 54]

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 (Child health and maternity),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Jim Fitzpatrick);

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 12th February.

[Adjourned at 6 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

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CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings of 29th January, in Appendix III, item 2 (Deregulation and Regulatory Reform) should have read as follows:

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



 
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