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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 17th April 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 Wednesday 24th April.

2    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Cummings reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government (Best Value) Performance Plans and Reviews Amendment and Specified Dates Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 305).

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

3    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Miss Ann Widdecombe reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Social Security Amendment (Residential Care and Nursing Homes) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 398).

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

4    Fireworks Bill,-The Order for reading the Fireworks Bill a second time on Friday 19th April was read and discharged.

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

5    Compulsory Voting Bill,-Ordered, That the Compulsory Voting Bill be read a second time on Friday 10th May.

6    Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report,-Ordered, That there be laid before this House a copy of the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report, April 2002, as laid before this House by Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when opening the Budget.-(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer.)

7    Ways and Means,-Provisional Collection of Taxes,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 51 (Ways and means motions), That, pursuant to section 5 of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968, provisional statutory effect shall be given to the following motions:-

    (a) Rates of tobacco duty (motion No. 2);

    (b) Vehicle excise duty (cars registered on or after 1st March 2001) (motion No. 14);

    (c) Vehicle excise duty (motorcycles) (motion No. 15)-(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer):-It was agreed to.

8    Ways and Means,-Amendment of the Law,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed,-

    (1) That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance.

    (2) Subject to paragraph (3) below, this Resolution does not extend to the making of any amendment with respect to value added tax so as to provide-

      (a) for zero-rating or exempting a supply, acquisition or importation;

      (b) for refunding an amount of tax;

      (c) for any relief, other than a relief that-

      (i) so far as it is applicable to goods, applies to goods of every description, and

      (ii) so far as it is applicable to services, applies to services of every description.

    (3) Paragraph (2) above does not exclude the making of amendments with respect to value added tax providing for relief on the acquisition from another member State of any goods in relation to which, if they were imported from a place outside the member States, relief would be given by an order under section 37 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994-(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

9    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Ivor Caplin.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-two minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.22 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Housing,-Draft Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002, together with a statement by the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

2    Value Added Tax,-Value Added Tax (Buildings and Land) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1102), dated 17th April 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Paul Boateng].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Charities,-Draft Charities (Cheadle Royal Hospital, Manchester) Order 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

4    Race Relations,-Draft Code of Practice on the duty to promote race equality [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

5    Road Traffic,-Vehicle Excise Duty (Designation of Small Islands) (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1072), dated 14th April 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

6    Sports Grounds and Sporting Events,-Football Spectators (World Cup Control Period) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1096), dated 15th April 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

7    Value Added Tax,-(1) Value Added Tax (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1074), dated 16th April 2002,

    (2) Value Added Tax (Consideration for Fuel Provided for Private Use) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1099), dated 17th April 2002,

    (3) Value Added Tax (Construction of Buildings) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1101), dated 17th April 2002,

    (4) Value Added Tax (Increase of Registration Limits) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1098), dated 17th April 2002, and

    (5) Value Added Tax (Reduced Rate) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1100), dated 17th April 2002

[by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    Other Papers:

    8    Air Force (Constitution),-Amendment to Queen's Regulations for the Royal Air Force (Fifth Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    9    Bank of England,-Notice given by the Treasury to the Bank of England specifying for the purposes of section 11 of the Bank of England Act 1998 what price stability is taken to consist of and what the economic policy of Her Majesty's Government is to be taken to be [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

    10    Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report,-Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report, April 2002, entitled The strength to make long-term decisions: Investing in an enterprising, fairer Britain [pursuant to Order this day]; to be printed [No. 592] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    11    Finance,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Audit of Assumptions for the 2002 Budget [by Act]; to be printed [No. 760] [Clerk of the House].

    12    Insolvency,-Accounts prepared pursuant to section 409 of the Insolvency Act 1986 of the sums received and paid by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under section 403 of that Act, and of the sums credited and debited to the Investment Account by the National Debt Commissioners for the year ended 31 March 2001, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 772] [Clerk of the House].

    13    Miscellaneous (No. 7, 2002),-Convention, done at Paris on 5th October 1962, establishing a European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5493] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    14    Miscellaneous (No. 8, 2002),-Financial Protocol, done at Paris on 5th October 1962, annexed to the Convention establishing a European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5494] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    APPENDIX II

    Standing Committees

    1    Draft Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2002:

      (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Scheme to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman; and

      (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Desmond Browne, Roger Casale, Mrs Helen Clark, Mr John Hayes, Lady Hermon, Alan Keen, Mr David Kidney, John McDonnell, Fiona Mactaggart, Gillian Merron, Lembit Ípik, Mr Clive Soley, Mr Graham Stringer, Mr Hugo Swire and Mr Andrew Turner.

    2    Draft Court of Appeal (Appeals from Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission) Rules 2002:

      (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Rules to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr David Amess Chairman; and

      (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: John Austin, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr Harold Best, Mr William Cash, Mr Mark Field, Barbara Follett, Kate Hoey, Simon Hughes, Mr John MacDougall, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Gordon Marsden, Mr Mike O'Brien, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Graham Stringer, Ms Rosie Winterton and Richard Younger-Ross.

    3    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 97) (House of Commons Paper No. 721), on Local Government On-Line Funding to Local Authorities:

      (1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman; and

      (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Allan, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Julian Brazier, Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Frank Dobson, Jim Dowd, Mr Neil Gerrard, Linda Gilroy, Mr Malcolm Moss, Mr Andrew Rosindell, Mr Adrian Sanders, Jonathan Shaw, Mr John Taylor, Dr Alan Whitehead and Mr Phil Woolas.

    4    Local Government (Best Value) Performance Plans and Reviews Amendment and Specified Dates Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 305),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Linda Gilroy from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Dave Watts.

    5    Social Security Amendment (Residential Care and Nursing Homes) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 398),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Jim Marshall from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations Regulations); and nominated in substitution Kali Mountford.

    6    Draft Criminal Defence Service (Representation Order Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2002:

      (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee in respect of the draft Regulations; and

      (2) the Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Gordon Marsden from the Committee (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Laura Moffatt.

    7    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 98) (House of Commons Paper No. 727) on Maintenance of Roads Grant 2002-03:

      (1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman; and

      (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Clive Betts, Tom Brake, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr David Drew, Mr Don Foster, Chris Grayling, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Terry Lewis, Mr Malcolm Moss, Dr Doug Naysmith, Christine Russell, Mr Robert N. Wareing, Mr Dave Watts, Mr Shaun Woodward and Mr Phil Woolas.

    8    Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Visual Recording of Interviews) Order 2002:

      (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr James Cran Chairman; and

      (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Diane Abbott, Mr Bob Ainsworth, Annette Brooke, Mr Chris Bryant, Mr William Cash, Tom Cox, Mrs Janet Dean, Michael Fabricant, Mr Edward Garnier, Simon Hughes, Mr David Lepper, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr George Mudie, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Dr Howard Stoate and Ms Gisela Stuart.

    European Standing Committees

    9    The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Documents Nos. 14130/01, 15238/01 and 6918/02 entitled, respectively, Fisheries: Total Allowable Catches and Quotas 2002, Fisheries: total allowable catches for deep-sea stocks in 2002, and Fisheries: access requirements for deep-sea stocks.

    10    The Speaker has appointed Mr David Chidgey Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Documents Nos. 10427/00 and 15475/01 on Food Hygiene.

    Grand Committees

    11    The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of the Welsh Grand Committee in respect of its meetings on Wednesday 24th April.

    APPENDIX III

    Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Defence and Security in the United Kingdom]; to be printed [Nos. 518-vii and -viii] [Mr Bruce George].

    2    Education and Skills,-(1) Second Report from the Education and Skills Committee [Standards and Quality in Education: The Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools for 2000-01], 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. 699];

      (2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Standards and Quality in Education: The Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools for 2000-01]

      [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    3    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The Future of UK Agriculture: Farming Beyond Subsidies?]; to be printed [No. 550-viii] [Mr David Curry].

    4    European Scrutiny,-(1) Twenty-fourth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 152-xxiv]; and

      (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Democracy and Accountability in the EU and the Role of National Parliaments]; to be printed [No. 347-xiv]

      [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    5    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) First Special Report from the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Attendance of a Minister from HM Treasury before the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee]; to be printed [No. 771]; and

      (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Planning Green Paper]; to be printed [No. 476-iii]

      [Andrew Bennett].

    6    Treasury,-Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 22nd January [LIFFE: Takeover by Euronext NV]; to be printed [No. 547-ii] [Mr John McFall].

    7    Work and Pensions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Medical Services], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence; to be printed [No. 761-i] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].

    [W.H., No. 73]

    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.-(Angela Smith.)

      And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

    [Adjourned at 1.58 p.m.

    Sir Alan Haselhurst

    Deputy Speaker



     
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