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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 4th March 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002.

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

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Bill, with Amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

3    Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Bill,-Lords Amendments to the Electoral Fraud Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 107].

4    Treason Felony, Act of Settlement and Parliamentary Oath Bill,-The Order for reading the Treason Felony, Act of Settlement and Parliamentary Oath Bill a second time on Friday 15th March was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 21st June.

5    Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    Ordered, That the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill, as amended, be considered in the following order, namely, new Clauses relating to Part 1, Amendments relating to Clauses Nos. 1 and 2, Schedule No. 1, Clause No. 3, Schedule No. 2, Clauses Nos. 4 and 5, Schedule No. 3, Clauses Nos. 6 to 11, Schedule No. 4, Clauses Nos. 12 and 13, Schedule No. 5, Clauses Nos. 14 to 20, Schedule No. 6, Clauses Nos. 21 and 22, new Clauses relating to Part 2, Amendments relating to Clauses Nos. 23 to 29, Schedule No. 7, Clauses Nos. 30 to 44, new Clauses relating to Part 3, Amendments relating to Clause No. 45, Schedule No. 8, Clauses Nos. 46 to 50, Schedule No. 9, Clauses Nos. 51 and 52, new Clauses relating to Part 4, Amendments relating to Clauses Nos. 53 to 62, Schedule No. 10, Clause No. 63, Schedule No. 11, Clauses Nos. 64 and 65, new Clauses relating to Part 5, Amendments relating to Clauses Nos. 66 to 80, remaining new Clauses, Amendments relating to Clauses Nos. 81 to 84, Schedule No. 12, Clause No. 85, Schedule No. 13, Clauses Nos. 86 to 92, new Schedules and remaining proceedings on consideration.-(Mr Desmond Browne.)

    A Clause (Appointment of Queen's Counsel)-(Mr Crispin Blunt)-brought up, and read the first time.

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

    Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 6, after the word 'judiciary', to insert the words 'and the legal profession'.-(Mr Crispin Blunt.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Desmond Swayne: 152.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Ian Pearson: 275.

    Amendments (Nos. 104, 2 to 4 and 174) made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 169) proposed to the Bill, in page 4, line 35, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(8A) Without prejudice to subsection (8), the Commission must, as far as practicable, exercise its functions to select persons to be appointed or recommended for appointment in order to secure that the judiciary is reflective of the community in Northern Ireland.'.-(Mr Seamus Mallon.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Lembit Ípik, Mr Eddie McGrady: 33.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr John Heppell: 302.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 5, 6, 105 to 112, 7, 113 to 117, 8, 118, 119, 9, 10, 120 to 122, 124, 123, 11, 12, 125, 13, 126 to 130, 14, 131, 15, 132 to 137 and 24) made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 45) proposed to the Bill, in page 13, line 22, to leave out from the word 'either' to the end of line 34 and insert the words 'take the oath of allegiance and the judicial oath or make the appropriate affirmation', instead thereof.-(Mr Quentin Davies.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Julian Brazier: 137.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Dan Norris: 311.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 25 and 26) made to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Discontinuance of proceedings: information for victims)-(Mr Crispin Blunt)-brought up, and read the first time.

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

    And it being Nine o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [21st January], put the Question already proposed from the Chair.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Desmond Swayne: 167.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dan Norris, Jim Fitzpatrick: 286.

    The Deputy Speaker then put the Questions necessary to dispose of the remaining Amendments and new Clause moved by a Minister of the Crown.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 139 to 149) made to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Flying of flags at court-houses)-(Mr Desmond Browne)-brought up, and added to the Bill.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 150 to 164) made to the Bill.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time;

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [21st January].

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Smith, Mr Nick Ainger: 311.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Iris Robinson, Mr Gregory Campbell: 11.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

6    Commission Green Paper on the Future of the Common Fisheries Policy,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Documents Nos. 7262/01, the Commission Green Paper on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), 7263/01, the Commission Report on the state of the resources and their expected development, 7377/01, the Commission Report on the economic and social situation of coastal regions, and 7378/01, the Commission Report on the implementation of the Community system for fisheries and aquaculture over the period 1993-2000; recognises that the review of the CFP offers an important opportunity with considerable implications for the future of fisheries management; supports the Government's view that current positive aspects, notably the access regime, relative stability (including Hague Preference) and the Shetland Box, must continue to operate; agrees that current weaknesses, including the continued use by some Member States of counter-productive subsidies, uneven enforcement, a lack of environmental integration, unsustainable agreements with third countries and the mismatch between fleet capacity and available resources, must be addressed, anticipates with the Government the forthcoming publication by the Commission of its legislative proposals for the review; and supports the Government's efforts to secure the best outcome for the whole of the UK fisheries sector throughout the negotiations-(Mr Tony McNulty):-It was agreed to.

7    Public Administration,-Ordered, That Mr Anthony Steen be discharged from the Select Committee on Public Administration and Sir Sydney Chapman be added to the Committee.-(Mr Tony McNulty.)

8    Standards and Privileges,-Ordered, That Peter Bottomley be discharged from the Committee on Standards and Privileges and Mr Andrew Mackay be added to the Committee.-(Mr Tony McNulty.)

9    Procedure,-Ordered, That Alistair Burt be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr Desmond Swayne be added to the Committee.-(Mr Tony McNulty.)

10    Trade and Industry,-Ordered, That Mr Christopher Chope be discharged from the Trade and Industry Committee and Mr Philip Hammond be added to the Committee.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

11    Housing,-Ordered, That the Disabled Facilities Grants and Home Repairs Assistance (Maximum Amount) (Amendment No. 2) (England) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 4036), dated 19th December 2001, a copy of which was laid before this House on 20th December, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Tony McNulty.)

12    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Mrs Samantha Duffield, Mrs Nicola Dowsett, residents of Canvey Island and others against the siting of a mobile telephone mast at Prout Holdings, Canvey Island, was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

13    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Tony McNulty.)

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

1    Animals,-(1) Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 467), and

    (2) Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (No. 3) (Revocation) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 468),

    dated 4th March 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

2    Education,-Education (QCA Levy) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 435), dated 26th February 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

3    Food,-(1) Dairy Produce Quotas (General Provisions) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 458), and

    (2) Dairy Produce Quotas Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 457),

    dated 1st March 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4    Government Resources and Accounts,-Whole of Government Accounts (Designation of Bodies) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 454), dated 1st March 2002 [by Act] [Mr Andrew Smith].

5    Income Tax,-Individual Savings Account (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 453), dated 28th February 2002 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

6    Public Health,-Control of Noise (Codes of Practice for Construction and Open Sites) (England) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 461), dated 4th March 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

7    Registration of Political Parties,-Registered Parties (Non-constituent and Non-affiliated Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 414), dated 21st February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

8    Sea Fisheries,-Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Conservation Measures) (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 426), dated 21st February 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

9    Taxes,-Personal Portfolio Bonds (Tax) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 455), dated 28th February 2002 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

10    Value Added Tax,-Value Added Tax (Equipment in Lifeboats) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 456), dated 28th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

Other Papers:

11    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Defence: Combat Identification [by Act]; to be printed [No. 661] [Clerk of the House].

12    Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions,-Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Non-Effective Benefits and Family Pensions) (Amendment) Order 2002, dated 12th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Robin Cook].

Papers withdrawn:

13    Local Government Finance,-Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 91) on 2001/02 Special Grant for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children [laid 27th February].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Richard Bacon, Mrs Helen Clark and Jeremy Corbyn from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr Kevin Hughes and Mr Mike O'Brien.

2    Draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Clive Efford from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Joan Ruddock.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [UK Preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development]; to be printed [No. 616-ii] [Mr John Horam].

2    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Disposal of Refrigerators Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Disposal of Refrigerators]; to be printed [No. 673-i] [Mr Michael Jack].

3    Human Rights,-Fourteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Scrutiny of Bills: Private Members' Bills and Private Bills], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 674] [Jean Corston].

4    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [The Operation and wind up of Teesside Development Corporation]; to be printed [No. 675-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

5    Science and Technology,-(1) First Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Cancer Research-A Follow-Up], 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. 444]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Science Education from 14 to 19]; to be printed [No. 508-i]

    [Dr Ian Gibson].



 
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