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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 13th May 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    National Insurance Contributions Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the National Insurance Contributions Bill;

    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 declines to give a Second Reading to the National Insurance Contributions Bill because its provisions fail to reflect the need for change and improvement in the NHS to match additional resources, will hamper job creation and further increase the burdens on business, and will impose additional taxes on employees, including those on whom the public services rely', instead thereof.-(Mr John Bercow.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Stephen O'Brien: 134.

      Tellers for the Noes, Angela Smith, Mr Ian Pearson: 357.

    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.

2    National Insurance Contributions Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [28th June 2001], That the following provisions shall apply to the National Insurance Contributions Bill:

Committal

    (1) The Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

Programming of proceedings

    (2) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House and all remaining proceedings on the Bill may be programmed.

Proceedings in Committee, on consideration and on Third Reading

    (3) Notwithstanding the practice of the House as to the intervals between stages of Bills brought in on Ways and Means Resolutions, proceedings in Committee of the whole House, any proceedings on consideration and proceedings on Third Reading shall be completed in one day.

    (4) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at half past Eight o'clock on that day.

    (5) Any proceedings on consideration and proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock on that day.

Programming Committee

    (6) Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings in Committee of the whole House or on consideration and Third Reading-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

3    Execution of Orders Freezing Assets or Evidence,-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. 6980/02, draft Framework Decision on the execution in the European Union of orders freezing property or evidence; shares the Government's view that the general thrust of the measure will improve the speed and effectiveness with which assets and evidence can be secured in cases of serious crime; acknowledges the amendments which have been included, largely at the Government's instigation, to ensure that personal rights and freedoms are protected as far as is possible; and supports the Government's position on this measure-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

4    Housing,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 17th April, be approved-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

5    Regulatory Reform,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Regulatory Reform (Carer's Allowance) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 22nd April, be approved-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

6    Deregulation and Regulatory Reform,-Ordered, That John Cryer be discharged from the Select Committee on Deregulation and Regulatory Reform.-(Dan Norris.)

7    Business of the House,-Ordered, That-

    (1) at the sitting on Tuesday 14th May, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Mr Robin Cook and Mr Stephen Twigg relating to the Modernisation of the House of Commons, to Select Committees, Payment for Chairmen, Tax Law Rewrite, Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, Liaison Committee: Power to take Evidence, Regulatory Reform and Power to Exchange Papers with Devolved Legislatures not later than four hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first such Motion, and such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; the Questions may be decided, though opposed, after the expiration of the time for opposed business and the Order [28th June 2001] relating to deferred Divisions shall not apply to them; and

    (2) at the sitting on Tuesday 14th May, the Motion in the name of Mr Robin Cook relating to Code of Conduct may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour, and the Order [28th June 2001] relating to deferred Divisions shall not apply to Questions on the Motion or on any Amendments proposed to it.-(Dan Norris.)

8    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) residents of Bicester and of the parishes of Ambrosden, Arncott, Blackthorn and Piddington and other neighbouring parishes in Oxfordshire against the proposal to build an accommodation centre for asylum seekers in Bicester;

    (2) Mrs Mullis and parents of children at Burford School in West Oxfordshire for a review of the safety of children travelling to school on double-decker buses; and

    (3) residents of Brill, Long Crendon, Ludgershall, Marsh Gibbon, Oakley and neighbouring parishes in the constituency of Buckingham against the proposal to build an accommodation centre for asylum seekers in Bicester

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

9    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Dan Norris.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till seven minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned 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 Affirmative Resolution:

1    Fees and Charges,-Draft Consular Fees Act 1980 (Fees) Order 2002 [by Act], together with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Education,-Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1318), dated 9th May 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

3    National Health Service,-National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Amendment (No. 3) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1326), dated 13th May 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

4    Tribunals and Inquiries,-Town and Country Planning (Major Infrastructure Project Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1223), dated 26th April 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

5    Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the merger of Linpac Group Limited and McKechnie Paxton Holdings Limited [by Command] [Cm. 5496] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

6    Culture, Media and Sport,-Department of Culture, Media and Sport Minute, dated 13th May 2002, concerning the Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebrations [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

7    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on The BBC: Collecting the television licence fee [by Act]; to be printed [No. 821] [Clerk of the House].

8    New Towns,-Statement of Guarantee, given by HM Treasury on 10th May 2002, in respect of temporary borrowing by the Commission for the New Towns from Barclays Bank plc [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

9    National Lottery,-Broadening the Horizons of Heritage: The Heritage Lottery Fund Strategic Plan for 2002-07 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

10    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the-

    (1) Bedford Education Action Zone,

    (2) Bolton Education Action Zone,

    (3) Leigh (Wigan) Education Action Zone, and

    (4) North Gillingham Education Action Zone

    for 2000-01, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act];

to be printed [Nos. 835, 838, 837 and 839] [Clerk of the House].

Papers withdrawn:

11    Fees and Charges,-Draft Consular Fees Act 1980 (Fees) Order 2002 [laid 9th May].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Occupational Pensions Schemes (Minimum Funding Requirements and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 380),-The Committee of Selection has discharged John Mann and Sin Simon from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr David Miliband and James Purnell.

2    Draft Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ian Davidson, Mr Barry Gardiner and Mr Greg Pope from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mrs Joan Humble, Glenda Jackson and Joan Ruddock.

3    Draft Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations 2000,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Terry Rooney from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Peter Bradley.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Post-16 student support]; to be printed [No. 445-iii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    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-iii] [Jean Corston].

    3    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Better Public Services through e-government]; to be printed [No. 845-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].



 
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