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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 7th May 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Value Added Tax (Buildings and Land) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1102).

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

2    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Miss Anne Begg reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Social Security (Disability Living Allowance) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 648).

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

3    .Draft Communications Bill,-Ordered, That the Lords Message of 2nd May relating to the Joint Committee on any draft Communications Bill be now considered.

    Lords Message considered accordingly.

    Ordered, That the Committee appointed by this House do meet the Lords Committee as proposed by their Lordships.

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

4    Age Discrimination (No. 2) Bill,-Mr Paul Burstow, supported by Ms Candy Atherton, Mr Quentin Davies, Mr Roger Berry, Andrew Selous, Hywel Williams, Mr A. J. Beith, Dr Vincent Cable, Steve Webb and Dr Evan Harris, presented a Bill to make it unlawful to discriminate against persons on grounds of age in connection with employment or the provision of goods and services; to establish an Age Equality Commission with the function of working towards the elimination of such discrimination and promoting age equality generally; and for connected 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 133].

5    Fixed-term Parliaments,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for fixed-term parliaments: And that Tony Wright, Mr Graham Allen, Kevin Brennan, Annette Brooke, Sir Patrick Cormack, Mr Frank Field, Mr Mark Fisher, Helen Jackson, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr Paul Tyler and Brian White do prepare and bring it in.

6    Fixed-term Parliaments Bill,-Tony Wright accordingly presented a Bill to provide for fixed-term parliaments: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 19th July and to be printed [Bill 134].

7    Police Reform Bill [Lords],-The Police Reform Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time.

8    Police Reform 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 Police Reform Bill [Lords]:

Committal

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

Programming of proceedings

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

Standing Committee

    3.-(1) Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 27th June.

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

Consideration and Third Reading

    4.-(1) Proceedings on consideration (so far as not previously concluded) shall 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.

    (2) Proceedings on Third Reading (so far as not previously concluded) shall 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.

Programming Committee

    5. Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading-(Dan Norris);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr John Heppell: 366.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Charles Hendry: 162.

    So the Question was agreed to.

9    Police Reform Bill [Lords] [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Police Reform Bill [Lords] [Money];

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

    (a) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenses of the Secretary of State under the Act;

    (b) the payment out of money so provided of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other enactment; and

    (c) the payment of money into the Consolidated Fund-(Mr Phil Woolas):-It was agreed to.

10    Local Government Finance,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 96) (House of Commons Paper No.710), on Special Grants for School Standards and Support of Post-sixteen Budgets, which was laid before this House on 26th March, be approved-(Mr Phil Woolas):-It was agreed to.

11    The Promotion of the Use of Biofuels in Road Transport,-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 Document No. 15500/01, Commission Communication and two draft Directives on the promotion of the use of biofuels for transport, and provision for Member States to apply differentiated rates of excise duty in favour of biofuels; considers that the objectives of security of supply and climate change abatement can best be achieved by an approach which promotes renewable transport fuels as a whole, and reflects the individual circumstances of Member States and EU renewable energy policy through the setting of indicative, flexible targets; welcomes the principle of making it easier for Member States to set a lower rate of duty on cleaner fuels such as biofuels; but considers that the detail of the Commission's approach (in particular, the links with current duty rates for conventional fuels and with oil prices) should be questioned-(Mr Phil Woolas):-It was agreed to.

12    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Phil Woolas.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.43 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 presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned date during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

Friday 3rd May 2002

1    Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the proposed merger of Johnston Press plc and Trinity Mirror plc [Cm. 5495] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned date during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Friday 3rd May 2002

2    Animal Health,-TSE (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1253), dated 3rd May 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

3    Financial Services and Markets,-Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Administration Orders Relating to Insurers) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1242), dated 2nd May 2002 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

4    Social Care,-National Care Standards Commission (Children's Rights Director) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1250), dated 1st May 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 7th May 2002:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

5    Regulatory Reform,-Draft Regulatory Reform (Removal of 20 Member Limit in Partnerships etc.) Order 2002, together with a statement by the Department of Trade and Industry [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

6    Communications,-Paper, entitled Draft Communications Bill, together with Explanatory Notes and Policy Document [by Command] [Cm. 5508-I, -II and -III] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

7    Defence,-Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 7th May 2002, concerning a proposed contingent liability for RAF "At Home Days" [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

8    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Awarding the New Licence to Run the National Lottery [by Act]; to be printed [No. 803] [Clerk of the House].

9    Northern Ireland,-Proposal for a draft Access to Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, with an Explanatory Document [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

10    Regulatory Impact Assessments,-List of Regulatory Impact Assessments for 1st July to 31st December 2001 [by Command] [Cm. 5506] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Finance Bill (except Clauses Nos. 4, 19, 23, 26 to 29, 87 to 92, 131 and 134 and Schedules Nos. 1, 5 and 38),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale and Mr Joe Benton Chairmen of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.

2    Value Added Tax (Buildings and Land) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1102),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Ann Cryer from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Ross Cranston.

3    Social Security (Disability Living Allowance) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 648),-The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.

4    Draft Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations 2002,-The Speaker has appointed Mr George Stevenson Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

5    Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 2002 and the draft Dentists Act 1984 (Dental Auxiliaries) Order 2002,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations and draft Order.

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 [No. 518-x] [Mr Bruce George].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [FCO Annual Report 2002]; to be printed [No. 826-i] [Donald Anderson].

    3    Human Rights,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Human Rights [The Case for a Human Rights Commission for the UK]; to be printed [No. 781-ii] [Jean Corston].

    4    Procedure,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Major Infrastructure Projects: Proposed New Parliamentary Procedures]; to be printed [No. 823-i] [Mr Nicholas Winterton].

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

    6    Trade and Industry,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Postcomm's proposals for opening the postal market]; to be printed [No. 769-iii]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Fuel Poverty]; to be printed [No. 814-ii]

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    7    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [How the Local Government Act 2000 is Working]; to be printed [No. 602-ii] [Andrew Bennett].

    8    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Transport in Wales]; to be printed [No. 378-iv] [Mr Martyn Jones].

[W.H., No. 80]

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,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe);

    And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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