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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 23rd May 2002

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


1    London Development Agency Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the London Development Agency Bill;

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 13th June.

2    State Pension Credit Bill [Lords],-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the State Pension Credit Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Imputation of years of home responsibility)-(Steve Webb)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (Report on incentives etc.)-(Mr James Clappison)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Laurence Robertson: 99.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Nick Ainger: 220.

    Amendment (No. 13) proposed to the Bill, in page 6, lien 28, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(1A)The Secretary of State may provide by regulation for the assessed income period to be continued for a period not exceeding five years notwithstanding that the payment of benefit during that period has been terminated under regulations made under section 1(5) or section 2(6) of this Act, and may make provision for the restoration of benefit on the same basis of assessment as has previously applied when the conditions giving rise to the termination of that benefit no longer apply.'.-(Mr Tim Boswell.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 3) proposed to the Bill, in page 9, line 7, after the word 'earnings', to insert the words ', except that that part of a claimant's hourly earnings that is equal to the rate of the National Minimum Wage shall be disregarded'.-(Paul Holmes.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    It being Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings, pursuant to Order [25th March].

    The Bill was read a third time, and passed, with an Amendment.

3    European Scrutiny,-Ordered, That Mr Laurence Robertson be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Angela Watkinson be added to the Committee.-(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

4    Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee),-Ordered, That Mr Jonathan Djanogly be discharged from the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the Lords as the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and Andrew Rosindell be added.-(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

5    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Woodley for the installation of CCTV in Woodley town centre was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Amendment made by this House to the State Pension Credit Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

7    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.30 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

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


Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    International Immunities and Privileges,-Draft International Maritime Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,-Gaming Clubs (Bankers' Games) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1407), dated 22nd May 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

3    Disability Discrimination,-(1) Code of Practice for providers of Post 16 education and related services, and

    (2) Code of Practice for Schools

[by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

4    Education,-Brinsbury College (Dissolution) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1402), dated 21st May 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

5    Food,-Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 890), dated 22nd May 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Other Papers:

6    Bank of England,-Report and Financial Statements of the Bank of England for 1st March 2001 to 28th February 2002 [by Command] [Mr Andrew Smith].

7    Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the proposed merger between Neopost SA and Ascom Holding AG [by Command] [Cm. 5518] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

8    Environmental Audit,-Government Response to the First Report of the Environmental Audit Committee, Session 2001-02, on Departmental Responsibilities for Sustainable Development [by Command] [Cm. 5519] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

9    Explosives,-Report of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Explosives for Northern Ireland for 2001 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 800] [Mr Secretary Reid].

10    Financial Reporting to Parliament,-Departmental Reports 2002: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2002-03 to 2003-04 for-

    (1) the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the Forestry Commission and the Office of Water Services [by Command] [Cm. 5422] [Secretary Margaret Beckett]; and

    (2) the Department for Work and Pensions [by Command] [Cm. 5424] [Mr Secretary Darling].

11    Government Trading Funds,-Accounts of the Meteorological Office for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 846] [Clerk of the House].

12    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Financial Management of the European Union: Annual Report of the European Court of Auditors for the year 2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 859] [Clerk of the House].

13    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the-

    (1) Easington and Seaham Education Action Zone, and

    (2) Peterlee Education Action Zone

    for 2000-01, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 883 and 882] [Clerk of the House].

14    Telecommunications,-Report of the Director General of Telecommunications for 2001[by Act]; to be printed [No. 738] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].


Reports from Select Committees

1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Wembley National Stadium Project]; to be printed [No. 843-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

2    Draft Communications Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Bill; to be printed [No. 876-i] [Nick Harvey].

3    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Public Appointments and Patronage]; to be printed [No. 686-vii] [Tony Wright].

4    Trade and Industry,-(1) Third Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [The Competitiveness and Productivity of UK Manufacturing Industry], 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. 597];

    (2) Third Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Second Report from the Trade and Industry Committee, on Security of Energy Supply]; to be printed [No. 884]; and

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

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

[W.H., No. 88]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]

The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

    Adjournment (Role of the United Nations),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Ivor Caplin);

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 11th June.

[Adjourned at 5.45 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

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