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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 20th May 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Frank Cook reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) 2002.

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

2    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2002 and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) 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 have agreed to the Export Control Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

4    Export Control Bill,-Lords Amendments to the Export Control Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 141].

5    Treason Felony, Act of Settlement and Parliamentary Oath Bill,-The Order for reading the Treason Felony, Act of Settlement and Parliamentary Oath Bill a second time on Friday 21st June was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 19th July.

6    Standing Orders (Public Business),-Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business be printed [No. 825].

7    Regulation of Child Care Providers Bill,-Geraint Davies, supported by Ms Debra Shipley, Jane Griffiths, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, John Austin, Julia Drown, Frank Cook, Chris McCafferty, Linda Perham, Ms Oona King and Siobhain McDonagh, presented a Bill to make provision about child care providers: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 21st June; and to be printed [Bill 140].

8    Adoption and Children Bill [3rd allotted day],-The House, according to Order, proceeded further to consider the Adoption and Children Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 59 to 61, 29, 298, 299, 255, 38, 27, 28, 305, 306 and 39) made to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Proceedings in Great Britain)-(Jacqui Smith)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Suitability of adoptors)-(Mr David Hinchliffe)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 30, 31, 233, 62 and 63) made to the Bill.

    It being one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill, the Deputy Speaker put the Question necessary to dispose of the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 135 to 140, 256, 142, 143, 32, 144 and 145) made to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Accommodation of children in need etc.)-(Jacqui Smith)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Review of cases of looked after children)-(Jacqui Smith)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Meaning of 'harm' in the 1989 Act)-(Jacqui Smith)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 93, 94, 293, 95 to 97, 294, 98, 278, 279, 231, 101 to 105 and 259 to 263) made to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Amendment of Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978: contravention of sections 29 to 35 of this Act)-(Jacqui Smith)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 271, 252, 253, 247, 280, 295 to 297, 35, 36, 313, 274, 314, 307, 315 to 317, 64, 40, 275, 276, 322, 106, 107, 264, 265, 284, 285, 269, 266, 286, 277, 287, 318, 319, 65, 41, 267, 42, 288, 268, 289, 300, 234, 226, 91, 92, 235 to 237, 248, 257, 272, 47 and 227) made to the Bill.

    It being four hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill, the Deputy Speaker put the Questions on Amendments which the Speaker had selected for separate Division.

    Another Amendment (No. 158) proposed, in page 74, line 51, at the end, to insert the words-

      '(2B) In this Act, a couple means-

      (a) a married couple, or

      (b) two people (whether of different sexes or the same sex) living as partners in an enduring family relationship.

      (2C) Subsection (2B)(b) does not include two people one of whom is the other's parent, grandparent, sister, brother, aunt or uncle.

      (2D) References to relationships in subsection (2C)-

      (a) are to relationships of the full blood or half blood or, in the case of an adopted person, such of those relationships as would exist but for the adoption, and

      (b) include the relationship of a child with his adoptive, or former adoptive, parents,

      but do not include any other adoptive relationships.

      (2E) For the purposes of this Act, a person is the partner of a child's parent if the person and the parent are a couple but the person is not the child's parent'.-(Mr David Hinchliffe.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

    Amendment (a) proposed to the proposed Amendment, in line 3, to leave out the words 'whether of different sexes or the same sex' and insert the words 'of different sexes', instead thereof.-(Mr Andrew Lansley.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made to the proposed Amendment.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Charles Hendry: 174.

      Tellers for the Noes, Kevin Brennan, Jonathan Shaw: 301.

    Proposed Amendment made to the Bill.

    The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 273, 281 to 283, 249, 258, 228, 229 and 238 to 246) made to the Bill.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

9    National Health Service,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 26th March, be approved-(Jim Fitzpatrick);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Fraser Kemp: 301.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Julian Brazier: 126.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That the draft Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 26th March, be approved.

10    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Nick Ainger);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

11    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.30 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 delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 17th May 2002 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

1    National Health Service,-Paper, entitled Draft National Health Service (Wales) Bill [by Command] [Cm. 5527-I and -II] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

2    Treaty Series (No. 22, 2002),-Exchange of Notes, done at Tokyo on 18th January 2002, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Japan concerning the Supply of Logistic Support to the United Kingdom Armed Forces [by Command] [Cm. 5517] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 17th May 2002 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Atomic Energy and Radioactive Substances,-(1) Radioactive Material (Road Transport) (Definition of Radioactive Material) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1092), and

    (2) Radioactive Material (Road Transport) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1093),

    dated 16th May 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

4    Criminal Law,-Police (Retention and Disposal of Items Seized) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1372), dated 15th May 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 20th May 2002:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

5    Investigatory Powers,-Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data: Additional Public Authorities) Order 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

6    National Health Service,-National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1386), dated 20th May 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

7    Pensions,-Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Disclosure of Information) Amendment Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1383), dated 15th May 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

8    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Defence: Helicopter Logistics [by Act]; to be printed [No. 840] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Clive Betts from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Shona McIsaac.

2    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2002 and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Peter Atkinson and Rosemary McKenna from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Mr Ernie Ross and Andrew Selous.

3    Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Interception of Communications: Code of Practice) Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr Howard Stoate from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Ivan Henderson.

4    Police Reform Bill [Lords] (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Huw Irranca-Davies in place of Dr Howard Stoate as a member of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Memorandum laid before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Wembley]; to be printed [No. 843] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    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-iv] [Jean Corston].

    3    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Inland Revenue Standard Report 2000-01]; to be printed [No. 866-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    4    Scottish Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Employment in Shipbuilding on the Clyde]; to be printed [No. 865-i] [Mrs Irene Adams].



 
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