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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 12th February 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    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 26th February.

2    Private Military Companies: Options for Regulation,-Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there be laid before this House a Return of a Paper, entitled Private Military Companies: Options for Regulation.-(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

3    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mrs Marion Roe reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 2002.

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

4    European Standing Committee B,-Miss Ann Widdecombe reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents Nos. 9208/01, Protecting the Communities' Financial Interests-the fight against fraud: Commission's Twelfth Annual Report 2000, and 9207/01, Protecting the Communities' Financial Interests-Fight Against Fraud: Action Plan for 2001-2003, and the Court of Auditors' annual report for 2000; and encourages the Government's continuing efforts to promote and support measures to improve financial management and reduce the opportunities for fraud against the EC financial interest.

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

5    Waiting Time for Discharge from Hospital,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide an upper limit on the time that a person who is ready in all respects for discharge must wait before leaving an acute hospital: And that Dr Andrew Murrison, Dr Richard Taylor, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr John Butterfill, Mr Hugo Swire, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mr John Horam, Mr Peter Duncan and Mr Robert Key do prepare and bring it in.

6    Waiting Time for Discharge from Hospital Bill,-Dr Andrew Murrison accordingly presented a Bill to provide an upper limit on the time that a person who is ready in all respects for discharge must wait before leaving an acute hospital: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 19th April and to be printed [Bill 93].

7    Employment Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Employment Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Complaints about grievances)-(Alan Johnson)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Report on impact of Act)-(Mr Philip Hammond)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (Assessment of effects of widening definition of 'employee')-(Mr Philip Hammond)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (Participation in official industrial action)-(Mr Tony Lloyd)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (Repeal of section 109 of the Employment Rights Act 1996)-(Hywel Williams)-brought up, and read the first time.

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

    It being Nine o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [27th November], put forthwith the Question on a new Clause selected by the Speaker for separate Division.

    Another Clause (Dismissal and participation in industrial action)-(Mr Philip Hammond)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be added to the Bill.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Laurence Robertson: 127.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Fraser Kemp: 342.

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

    Amendments (Nos. 37 to 46, 16 to 18, 47, 48, 19 to 28 and 52) made to the Bill.

    Schedule (Tribunal jurisdictions to which section [Complaints about grievances] applies) added to the Bill.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 49, 50 and 29) made to the Bill.

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

    Ms Secretary Hewitt, 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;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Ian Pearson: 358.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 132.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

8    Terrorism,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 31st January, be approved.-(Mrs Anne McGuire):-It was agreed to.

9    Adjournment,-Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mrs Anne McGuire);

    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 sixteen minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.44 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 Affirmative Resolution:

1    Town and Country Planning, - Draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Fisheries,-Diseases of Fish (Control) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 284), dated 11th February 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

3    London Government,-Greater London Authority (Allocation of Grants for Precept Calculations) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 267), dated 11th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

4    Medicines,-Marketing Authorisations for Veterinary Medicinal Products (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 269), dated 10th February 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

5    Plant Health,-(1) Plant Health (Forestry) (Great Britain) (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 295), and

    (2) Treatment of Spruce Bark (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 296)

    dated 12th February 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

6    Education and Skills, - Paper, entitled 14-19 Extending Opportunities, Raising Standards [by Command] [Cm. 5342] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

7    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Misuse and Smuggling of Hydrocarbon Oils [by Act]; to be printed [No. 614] [Clerk of the House].

8    Private Military Companies,-Return to an Address to Her Majesty for a Return of a Paper, entitled Private Military Companies: Options for Regulation [pursuant to Resolution this day]; to be printed [No. 577] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Grand Committees

    The Speaker has appointed Mr Edward O' Hara Chairman of the Scottish Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Wednesday 13th February, in place of Mrs Irene Adams.

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-iv] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Turkey]; to be printed [No. 606-ii] [Donald Anderson].

    3    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Governments Drugs Policy: Is it Working?]; to be printed [No. 318-ix] [Mr Chris Mullin].

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

    5    Procedure,-(1) First Report from the Procedure Committee [Making of Remedial Orders: Recommendations by the Joint Committee on Human Rights], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 626]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Parliamentary Questions and Electronic Tabling of Questions and Motions]; to be printed [No. 622-i]

    [Mr Nicholas Winterton].

    6    Public Accounts-(1) Twenty-first Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Better Value for Money from Professional Services]; to be printed, with the Minutes of proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 309]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 11th February [Reducing Prisoner Re-offending]; to be printed [No. 619-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

    7    Public Administration-Fifth Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Second Chamber-Continuing the Reform], 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.494-I and -II] [Tony Wright].

    8    Standards and Privileges,-(1) Sixth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Registration of interests by Members who have not taken their seats], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 624]; and

    (2) Seventh Report from the Committee [Complaints against Mr Nigel Griffiths], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 625]

    [Sir George Young].

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

    10    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) 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-iv]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee [The Need for a New European Regeneration Framework]; to be printed [No. 483-II]

    [Andrew Bennett].

    11    Welsh Affairs,-(1) First Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [The Children's Society in Wales], 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. 525]; and

    (2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [The Post Office Network in Wales]

    [Julie Morgan].


CHAIRMEN'S PANEL

In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel), the Speaker nominated Mr Peter Atkinson, Miss Anne Begg and David Taylor to be members of the Chairmen's Panel during the present Session of Parliament.


[W.H., No. 55]

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 Graham Stringer.)

        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst  
Deputy Speaker    


CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings of 5th February, in Appendix III, item 10 (1) (Transport, Local Government and the Regions) should have read as follows:

    Third Report from the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Public Spaces: The Role of PPG 17 in the Urban Renaissance], with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 238-I].



 
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