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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 5th March 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 12th March.

2    Deregulation and Regulatory Reform,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the Deregulation and Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolutions:

    That the draft Regulatory Reform (Golden Jubilee Licensing) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 26th February 2002, should be approved.

The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.

    That the draft Regulatory Reform (Voluntary Aided Schools Liabilities and Funding) (England) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 25th February 2002, should be approved.

The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.

3    Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Miss Ann Widdecombe reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Contracting Out (Local Education Authority Functions) (England) Order 2002.

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

4    Animal Welfare (Journey to Slaughter),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State, in setting standards for slaughterhouses, to have regard to the desirability of reducing the length and duration of animals' journeys to slaughter, and for related purposes: And that Mr Andrew Turner, Mr Richard Bacon, Mrs Helen Clark, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson, Mr Peter Duncan, Mr Adrian Flook, Jane Griffiths, Lady Hermon and Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger do prepare and bring it in.

5    Animal Welfare (Journey to Slaughter) Bill,-Mr Andrew Turner accordingly presented a Bill to require the Secretary of State, in setting standards for slaughterhouses, to have regard to the desirability of reducing the length and duration of animals' journeys to slaughter, and for related purposes: 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 108].

6    Government Support for Mr Mittal and the Domestic Steel Industry,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House is gravely concerned about the Prime Minister's role in supporting LNM/Ispat International's contract for the SIDEX steel plant in Romania and is unimpressed with the explanations given hitherto; notes Lakshmi Mittal's non-domicile resident status and his donation of 125,000 to the Labour Party; condemns the Government's support for a company that is actively lobbying in the United States against the interests of the UK steel industry; notes the potentially devastating effect on the domestic steel industry posed by Mittal-inspired steel import tariffs imposed by the US Administration; calls for urgent action to be taken to help support the UK steel industry as a consequence of any US-imposed tariffs; urges the Prime Minister to publish guidelines regarding Government support for companies that are also substantial donors to the governing party; and demands a full public inquiry into the Government's support for the Romanian SIDEX steel plant deal-(Adam Price);

    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 'recognises the fundamental strengths of the British steel industry, which is amongst the most efficient in the world; believes that, despite the regrettable decision of Corus to cut UK steel capacity, the industry has a long term future in Britain, as recently demonstrated by the decision of Corus to invest in the Port Talbot works; further recognises that the success of economic restructuring in Central and Eastern Europe, together with the enlargement of the European Union, is essential for the future of the British steel industry and other British manufacturing as it will extend markets and reduce hidden subsidies; congratulates the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for its work on restructuring the Romanian and other Eastern European companies, including through supporting the successful sale of the SIDEX steel corporation; and further welcomes measures put in place by the Government and the National Assembly for Wales to train and retrain former steel workers and regenerate communities affected by Corus job losses', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Murphy.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Simon Thomas, Pete Wishart: 192.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Phil Woolas: 318.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [25th February] and Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Phil Woolas: 306.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Simon Thomas, Pete Wishart: 181.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House recognises the fundamental strengths of the British steel industry, which is amongst the most efficient in the world; believes that, despite the regrettable decision of Corus to cut UK steel capacity, the industry has a long term future in Britain, as recently demonstrated by the decision of Corus to invest in the Port Talbot works; further recognises that the success of economic restructuring in Central and Eastern Europe, together with the enlargement of the European Union, is essential for the future of the British steel industry and other British manufacturing as it will extend markets and reduce hidden subsidies; congratulates the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for its work on restructuring the Romanian and other Eastern European companies, including through supporting the successful sale of the SIDEX steel corporation; and further welcomes measures put in place by the Government and the National Assembly for Wales to train and retrain former steel workers and regenerate communities affected by Corus job losses.

7    Process of Consent for New Nuclear Power Stations in Scotland and Wales,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that planning consents for nuclear and other power stations over 50 MW require consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, and that in Scotland section 36 powers are the responsibility of Scottish ministers accountable to the Scottish Parliament; further notes the confusion in Government policy on this matter in light of the reported remarks by the Hon Member for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley on Wednesday 27th February, suggesting that Westminster would have the final say over approving nuclear power stations in Scotland; reaffirms that in all circumstances Scottish ministers accountable to the Scottish Parliament should have full planning powers over the siting of nuclear and other new power stations above 50 MW in Scotland; believes that planning decisions on nuclear power in Wales should be taken in accordance with the views of the National Assembly for Wales; and calls for the development of energy strategies in Scotland and Wales which make full use of indigenous energy resources, including gas, clean coal technology, and the enormous potential for renewable supply-(Mr Alex Salmond);

    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 'has confidence in the process of granting planning consent for new nuclear power stations in Scotland and Wales; notes the benefits of addressing issues relating to energy policy within a UK framework; welcomes the contribution of the recent PIU Energy Review to the debate on energy policy; and welcomes the intention of HM Government and the devolved administrations to work in partnership in implementing an energy policy to ensure energy supplies are secure, competitively priced and sustainable', instead thereof.-(Mrs Secretary Liddell.)

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

    Mr Alex Salmond 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, Mr Simon Thomas, Pete Wishart: 43.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Heppell, Jim Fitzpatrick: 303.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [25th February] and Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Heppell, Jim Fitzpatrick: 299.

      Tellers for the Noes, Pete Wishart, Mr Simon Thomas: 44.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House has confidence in the process of granting planning consent for new nuclear power stations in Scotland and Wales; notes the benefits of addressing issues relating to energy policy within a UK framework; welcomes the contribution of the recent PIU Energy Review to the debate on energy policy; and welcomes the intention of HM Government and the devolved administrations to work in partnership in implementing an energy policy to ensure energy supplies are secure, competitively priced and sustainable.

8    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 (Conduct of Referendums) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 7th February, be approved-(Mr Tony McNulty):-It was agreed to.

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

    And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then seven minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.53 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    Building and Buildings,-Building (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 440), dated 28th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

2    Education,-Education (Funding for Teacher Training) Designation Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 479), dated 4th March 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

3    Social Security,-Social Security (Claims and Payments and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 428), dated 26th February 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

4    Hong Kong,-Six-monthly Report on Hong Kong, July-December 2001 [by Command] [Cm. 5461] [Mr Secretary Straw].

5    National Savings Bank,-(1) Accounts of the National Savings Investment Deposits for 2000-01, and

    (2) Accounts of the National Savings Ordinary Deposits for 2000-01,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 669 and 668] [Clerk of the House].

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 Paul Clark from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Derek Twigg.

2    Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Ian Stewart from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Charlotte Atkins.

3    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 90) (House of Commons Paper No. 611),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Angela Smith from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Special Grant Report); and nominated in substitution Mr Graham Stringer.

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-vi] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Deregulation and Regulatory Reform,-Seventh Report from the Deregulation and Regulatory Reform Committee [The draft Regulatory Reform (Golden Jubilee Licensing) Order 2002 and the draft Regulatory Reform (Voluntary Aided Schools Liabilities and Funding) (England) Order 2002], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 677] [Mr Peter Pike].

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

    4    Procedure,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Parliamentary Questions and Electronic Tabling of Questions and Motions]; to be printed [No. 622-ii] [Mr Nicholas Winterton].

    5    Statutory Instruments,-Twenty-first Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-xxi] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    6    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Fifth Report from the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [European Transport White Paper]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 556];

    (2) Sixth Report from the Committee [Empty Homes], 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 [Nos. 240-I and -III]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Committee [The Need for a New European Regeneration Framework]; to be printed [No. 483-ii]

    [Andrew Bennett].

    7    Trade and Industry,-(1) Second Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Government Observations on the First Report from the Committee, Session 2001-02, on End of Life Vehicles Directive]; to be printed [No. 678]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Productivity and Competitiveness of UK Manufacturing Industry]; to be printed [No. 597-v]

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    8    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Broadband Cabling in Wales]; to be printed [No. 676-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].

[W.H., No. 61]

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 John Heppell.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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