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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 29th April 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Edward O'Hara reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Aggregates Levy (Registration and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 4027) and the Aggregates Levy (General) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 761).

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

2    Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Visual Recording of Interviews) Order 2002.

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

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

    The Lords communicate that they have come to the following Resolution, to which they desire the concurrence of this House: That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on any draft Communications Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown, and that the Committee should report not later than three months after any such Bill has been presented to both Houses.

4    Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords],-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords];

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House, whilst supporting the aim of reducing the number of deaths from smoking, declines to give a Second Reading to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords] because there is insufficient evidence that its provisions will lead to a quantifiable reduction in tobacco consumption; because it does not allow for a mechanism for testing and reflection upon the assumptions upon which the Bill is based; and because it does nothing to combat the increase in the prevalence of smoking amongst teenagers and other vulnerable groups due to the growth in the importation and sale of illegal tobacco products', instead thereof.-(Dr Liam Fox.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Julian Brazier: 130.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Fraser Kemp: 349.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):-It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

5    Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords] (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [28th June], That the following provisions shall apply to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords]:

Committal

    (1) The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Programming of proceedings

    (2) All proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any other messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    (3) Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 14th May.

    (4) The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

    (5) Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Nine o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Six o'clock on that day.

    (6) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Seven o'clock on that day.

    (7) Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading-(Jim Fitzpatrick);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Fraser Kemp: 346.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Desmond Swayne: 140.

    So the Question was agreed to.

6    Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords] [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords] [Money];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

      (a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State under the Act, and

      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

7    Legal Services Commission,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Criminal Defence Service (Representation Order Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 26th March, be approved-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

8    Food Hygiene,-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 No. 10427/00, four draft Council Regulations and a draft Council Directive relating to food hygiene, and No. 15475/01, Commission Communication withdrawing one of the draft Council Regulations relating to food hygiene, and supports the Government's aim of securing effective, proportionate legislation throughout the food chain to protect public health in relation to food-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

9    Pensions,-Ordered, That the Occupational Pensions Schemes (Minimum Funding Requirements and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 380), dated 24th February 2002, a copy of which was laid before this House on 26th February, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

10    Social Security,-Ordered, That the Social Security (Disability Living Allowance) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 648), dated 11th March 2002, a copy of which was laid before this House on 15th March, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

11    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Herefordshire for bringing forward the hospital review due in 2007 in order to provide more beds in the new Hereford Hospital was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

12    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till three minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.57 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at Ten o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Regulatory Reform,-Draft Regulatory Reform (Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979) Order 2002, together with a statement by the Department for Work and Pensions [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    European Communities,-European Communities (Designation) (No. 2) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1080), dated 17th April 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

3    Police,-Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Modifications to Code C and Code D) (Certain Police Areas) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1150), dated 23rd April 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Other Papers:

4    Biological Weapons,-Paper, entitled Strengthening the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Countering the Threat from Biological Weapons [by Command] [Cm. 5484] [Mr Secretary Straw].

5    Broadcasting,-Report and Financial Statements of the Channel Four Television Corporation for 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

6    Statutory Instruments (Notification),-Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation:

    National Health Service Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 561)

[by Standing Order] [The Speaker].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Aggregates Levy (Registration and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 4027) and the Aggregates Levy (General) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 761),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Tom Watson from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution David Wright.

2    Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Visual Recording of Interviews) Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Chris Bryant, Mrs Cheryl Gillan and Mr Gerry Sutcliffe from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Tony Cunningham, Mr John Hayes and Mr Phil Woolas.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Library Resources for Higher Education]; to be printed [No. 804-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    Human Rights,-Sixteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 805] [Jean Corston].

    3    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Customs and Excise Standard Report 2000-01: Tobacco Smuggling]; to be printed [No. 806-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    4    Science and Technology,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Science Education from 14 to 19]; to be printed [No. 508-v] [Dr Ian Gibson].

    5    Treasury,-Second Report from the Treasury Committee [Budget 2002], 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. 780] [Mr John McFall].



 
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