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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 7th March 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 March.

2    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Roger Gale reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Tax Credit Up-Rating Order 2002.

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

3    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mrs Marion Roe reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 317).

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

4    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 Office of Communications Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

5    Estimates [2nd allotted day],-The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [5th February], to consider the Estimates appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee).

    Supplementary Estimates, 2001-02,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That further resources, not exceeding 3,020,000, be authorised for use during the year ending on 31st March 2002, and that a sum, not exceeding 3,020,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2002 for expenditure by HM Treasury-(Mr Phil Woolas);

    The Debate was concluded, and the Question necessary to dispose of the proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    Supplementary Estimates, 2001-02,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That further resources, not exceeding 2,058,352,000, be authorised for use during the year ending on 31st March 2002, and that a sum, not exceeding 1,636,556,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2002 for expenditure by the Ministry of Defence-(Mr Graham Stringer);

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings, and the Question necessary to dispose of the proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    The Deputy Speaker, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates), put the deferred Questions on Supplementary Estimates, 2001-02.

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 3,020,000, be authorised for use during the year ending on 31st March 2002, and that a sum, not exceeding 3,020,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2002 for expenditure by HM Treasury.

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 2,058,352,000, be authorised for use during the year ending on 31st March 2002, and that a sum, not exceeding 1,636,556,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2002 for expenditure by the Ministry of Defence.

6    Estimates,-The Deputy Speaker then put the Questions required to be put, pursuant to Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.).

Estimates, 2002-03 (Navy) Vote A

    Resolved, That during the year ending on 31st March 2003 a number not exceeding 46,025 all ranks be maintained for Naval Service, a number not exceeding 17,340 for service in the Reserve Naval and Marine Forces, and a number not exceeding 250 for service as Special Members of the Reserve Naval Forces under Part V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

Estimates, 2002-03 (Army) Vote A

    Resolved, That during the year ending on 31st March 2003 a number not exceeding 128,195 all ranks be maintained for Army Service, a number not exceeding 84,000 for service in the Reserve Land Forces, and a number not exceeding 6,000 for service as Special Members of the Reserve Land Forces under Part V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

Estimates, 2002-03 (Air) Vote A

    Resolved, That during the year ending on 31st March 2003 a number not exceeding 57,415 all ranks be maintained for Air Force Service, a number not exceeding 23,050 for service in the Reserve Air Forces, and a number not exceeding 550 for service as Special Members of the Reserve Air Forces under Part V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

Estimates, Excesses, 2000-01

    Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding 3,097,059.33, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to make good excesses of certain grants for defence and civil services for the year ended on 31st March 2001, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 635.

Supplementary Estimates, 2001-02

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 4,531,170,000, be authorised for use for defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2002, and that a further sum, not exceeding 3,727,881,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the cost of defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2002, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 636.

    Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions relating to Estimates, Excesses, 2000-01, and Supplementary Estimates, 2001-02: And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Andrew Smith, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Paul Boateng and Ruth Kelly do prepare and bring it in.

7    Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill,-Mr Paul Boateng accordingly presented a Bill to authorise the use of resources for the service of the year ending on 31st March 2002 and to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31st March 2001 and 2002: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 106].

8    Town and Country Planning,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 12th February, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

9    Electricity,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Renewables Obligation Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 13th February, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

10    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) residents of Brockenhurst against the creation of a campsite at New Park,

    (2) residents of Sittingbourne, Kent, in support of a new secondary school on the north side of Sittingbourne, and

    (3) residents of Dronfield and district in support of the consolidation of Dronfield School on a single site

    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

11    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Angela Smith);

    And the Motion having been made after Seven 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 twenty minutes to Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.40 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    Companies,-(1) Draft Companies (Particulars of Usual Residential Address) (Confidentiality Orders) Regulations 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command], and

    (2) Companies (Competent Authority) (Fees) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 502), dated 7th March 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command]

    [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

2    Partnership,-(1) Draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Particulars of Usual Residential Address) (Confidentiality Orders) Regulations 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command],

    (2) draft Limited Liability Partnerships (No. 2) Regulations 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command], and

    (3) Limited Liability Partnerships (Competent Authority) (Fees) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 503), dated 7th March 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command]

    [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Education,-(1) Education (Bursaries for School Teacher Training) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 509),

    (2) Education Standards Fund (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 510),

    (3) The Education (Teacher Training Bursaries) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 508), and

    (4) Teacher Training Agency (Additional Functions) (England) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 507),

    dated 6th March 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

4    Education (Wales),-Education (Amount to Follow Permanently Excluded Pupil) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 408), dated 6th March 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

5    Fees and Charges,-Measuring Instruments (EEC Requirements) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 511), dated 6th March 2002 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

6    Hallmark,-Hallmarking (International Convention) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 506), dated 7th March 2002 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

7    Pensions,-(1) Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Bankruptcy) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 427), dated 26th February 2002, and

    (2) Occupational Pension Schemes (Winding Up Notices and Reports etc.) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 459), dated 4th March 2002,

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

8    Public Passenger Transport,-Public Service Vehicles (Conditions of Fitness, Equipment, Use and Certification) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 489), dated 6th March 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

9    Road Traffic,-(1) Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 487), and

    (2) Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 488),

    dated 6th March 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

10    Miscellaneous (No. 1, 2002),-Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, adopted at Kyoto on 11th December 1997, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5379] [Mr Secretary Straw].

11    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Petition [9th May 2001] from residents of West Hertfordshire against the testing of genetically modified crops in farm-scale trials at Wood Farm, Piccotts End, Hemel Hampstead [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    National Heritage Bill [Lords],-The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman of Standing Committee C in respect of the Bill.

2    Draft Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Harry Cohen from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Greg Pope.

3    Draft Tax Credit Up-rating Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Miss Anne Begg, Paul Farrelly and Ms Gisela Stuart from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Ian Lucas, Lawrie Quinn and David Taylor.

4    Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 317),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Stephen McCabe from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution John Mann.

5    Draft Audit Commission (Borrowing Limit) Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Jim Marshall from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Tam Dalyell.

European Standing Committees

6    The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Community Document No.14117/01, the Commission Strategy Paper and Report on the progress towards accession by each of the candidate countries, and Addenda 1-13, the 2001 Regular Reports on progress by individual candidate countries, in place of Mr Joe Benton.

7    The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of the Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 14 November 2001, relating to animal testing and cosmetic products.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

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

    2    Public Administration,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Public Appointments and Patronage; Government Information and Communication]; to be printed [Nos. 686-i and 303-ii] [Tony Wright].

[W.H., No. 63]

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 (Increasing access to heritage attractions),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Ivor Caplin.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 12th March.

[Adjourned at 5.28 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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