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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 19th June 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    Mersey Tunnels Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Mersey Tunnels Bill;

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Wednesday 26th June.

2    Twelfth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the Twelfth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government (Best Value) Performance Indicators and Performance Standards Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 523).

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

3    Thirteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Cummings reported from the Thirteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the TSE (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 843).

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

4    Planning (Publication and Infrastructure) Bill,-The Order for reading the Planning (Publication and Infrastructure) Bill a second time on Friday 21st June was read and discharged.

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

5    Private Hire Vehicles (Carriage of Guide Dogs etc.) Bill,-The Order for considering the Private Hire Vehicles (Carriage of Guide Dogs etc.) Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, on Friday 21st June was read and discharged.

    Bill to be considered on Friday 19th July.

6    Prescriptions (Chronic Diseases),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision in relation to prescribing for those suffering from chronic diseases: And that Mr Paul Marsden, Dr Richard Taylor, Dr Ian Gibson, Dr Evan Harris, Mr David Amess, Sandra Gidley, Mr Simon Thomas, Mr Paul Burstow, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Dr Jenny Tonge and John Barrett do prepare and bring it in.

7    Prescriptions (Chronic Diseases) Bill,-Mr Paul Marsden accordingly presented a Bill to make provision in relation to prescribing for those suffering from chronic diseases: 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 151].

8    Opposition Day [3rd allotted day: second part],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Reduction of World Poverty through Trade,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House shares the concerns of the Trade Justice Movement about the plight of the poorest people in the world, and congratulates them on bringing these matters to the attention of the public; notes with great concern the increasing levels of hunger and poverty in many developing nations; further notes that international development targets are not being met in Africa; recognises the depth of public concern on this issue; believes that increasing levels of international trade offer the greatest hope for the alleviation of hunger and poverty in history; further believes that the removal of trade barriers will promote economic growth, trade and investment in poor nations; supports the liberalisation of trade; is concerned that the Common Agricultural Policy is failing both British farmers and consumers, and harming farmers in poor countries; is also concerned at the rising levels of farm subsidies in America; and calls on the Government to use the forthcoming G8 Summit in Canada, the EU Heads of Government Meeting, and future World Trade Organisation meetings to further the liberalisation of international trade to promote the alleviation of poverty and combat hunger and starvation amongst the poorest people on earth-(Mrs Caroline Spelman);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the lobby of Parliament by the Trade Justice Movement and increased recognition of trade as a key component to reducing global poverty; welcomes also efforts made to draw public attention to these important issues; recognises trade has an important role to play in helping countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); is aware that to achieve this a multilateral trading system is needed giving developing countries a fair deal; recognises that the Government is committed to working with developing country partners, and other bilateral donors and multilateral organisations to achieve this; believes that the development challenges faced in Africa require the international community, working together with African countries, to make additional efforts to secure progress towards the MDGs; welcomes the Government's commitment to turning the agreement reached at Doha in November last year into a meaningful "Development Round" and to achieving real progress on market access and in areas of importance to developing countries; will continue to support efforts to reform the Common Agricultural Policy and reduce trade-distorting subsidies; will support preferential access to developing countries through the Generalised System of Preferences aid to least developed countries through the Everything But Arms initiative; recognises developing countries themselves must undertake effective policy measures to integrate into the global trading system; supports these efforts and engagement in a broad range of activities to help countries participate more effectively in the multilateral trading system; and further welcomes the Government's commitment to doubling support for trade-related capacity building from 15 million in 1998-2001 to 30 million in 2001-04', instead thereof.-(Secretary Clare Short.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr David Wilshire: 180.

      Tellers for the Noes, Joan Ryan, Mr John Heppell: 319.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):-It was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the lobby of Parliament by the Trade Justice Movement and increased recognition of trade as a key component to reducing global poverty; welcomes also efforts made to draw public attention to these important issues; recognises trade has an important role to play in helping countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); is aware that to achieve this a multilateral trading system is needed giving developing countries a fair deal; recognises that the Government is committed to working with developing country partners, and other bilateral donors and multilateral organisations to achieve this; believes that the development challenges faced in Africa require the international community, working together with African countries, to make additional efforts to secure progress towards the MDGs; welcomes the Government's commitment to turning the agreement reached at Doha in November last year into a meaningful 'Development Round' and to achieving real progress on market access and in areas of importance to developing countries; will continue to support efforts to reform the Common Agricultural Policy and reduce trade-distorting subsidies; will support preferential access to developing countries through the Generalised System of Preferences aid to least developed countries through the Everything But Arms initiative; recognises developing countries themselves must undertake effective policy measures to integrate into the global trading system; supports these efforts and engagement in a broad range of activities to help countries participate more effectively in the multilateral trading system; and further welcomes the Government's commitment to doubling support for trade-related capacity building from 15 million in 1998-2001 to 30 million in 2001-04.

9    Broad Economic Guidelines,-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. 8389/02, Commission Recommendation for the 2002 Broad Guidelines of the Economic Policies of the Member States and the Community; and supports the Government's welcome for the publication of the Commission's Recommendation for the Guidelines, as giving operational content to the conclusions of the Lisbon and Stockholm summits, reflecting the importance of structural reform in tackling successfully the challenges of globalisation and competitiveness, and promoting employment and social inclusion; also takes note of European Union Documents Nos. SN 1107/02, 1108/02, 1109/02, 1111/02, 1112/02, 1113/02, 1319/1/02 REV1, 1320/1/02 REV1, 1321/02, 1322/02, 1323/02, 1324/1/02 REV1, 1325/1/02 REV1, 1361/02, 1382/1/02 REV1, 1383/1/02 REV1 and 2002/C 51/06, Council Opinions and Statements on the 2001 Stability and Convergence Programmes; and welcomes these Opinions and Statements as promoting the objective of sound government finances as a means of strengthening the conditions for price stability and for strong sustainable growth conducive to employment creation-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

10    House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Lords Message [10th June] relating to House of Lords Reform be now considered;

    That this House concurs with the Lords in the said Resolution;

    That a Select Committee of twelve Members be appointed to join with a Committee appointed by the Lords as the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform-

      (1) to consider issues relating to House of Lords reform, including the composition and powers of the Second Chamber and its role and authority within the context of Parliament as a whole, having regard in particular to the impact which any proposed changes would have on the existing pre-eminence of the House of Commons, such consideration to include the implications of a House composed of more than one 'category' of member and the experience and expertise which the House of Lords in its present form brings to its function as the revising Chamber; and

      (2) having regard to paragraph (1) above, to report on options for the composition and powers of the House of Lords and to define and present to both Houses options for composition, including a fully nominated and fully elected House, and intermediate options;

    and to consider and report on-

      (a) any changes to the relationship between the two Houses which may be necessary to ensure the proper functioning of Parliament as a whole in the context of a reformed Second Chamber, and in particular, any new procedures for resolving conflict between the two Houses; and

      (b) the most appropriate and effective legal and constitutional means to give effect to any new Parliamentary settlement;

    and in all the foregoing considerations, to have regard to-

      (i) the Report of the Royal Commission on House of Lords Reform (Cm. 4534);

      (ii) the White Paper The House of Lords-Completing the Reform (Cm. 5291), and the responses received thereto;

      (iii) debates and votes in both Houses of Parliament on House of Lords reform; and

      (iv) the House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration Report The Second Chamber: Continuing the Reform, including its consultation of the House of Commons, and any other relevant select committee reports;

    That the Committee shall have power-

      (i) to send for persons, papers and records;

      (ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

      (iii) to report from time to time;

      (iv) to appoint specialist advisers;

      (v) to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom; and

    That Janet Anderson, Mr James Arbuthnot, Mr Chris Bryant, Mr Kenneth Clarke, Dr Jack Cunningham, Mr William Hague, Mr Stephen McCabe, Joyce Quin, Mr Terry Rooney, Mr Clive Soley, Mr Paul Stinchcombe and Mr Paul Tyler be members of the Committee-(Mr Robin Cook);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Smith, Mr Jim Murphy: 320.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Simon Thomas, Pete Wishart: 14.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

11    Housing,-Ordered, That the Housing (Right to Acquire) (Discount) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1091), dated 15th April 2002, a copy of which was laid before this House on 19th April, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Jim Murphy.)

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

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

[Adjourned at 10.31 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Government Trading Funds,-Draft Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Trading Fund (Variation) Order 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

2    Local Government Finance,-(1) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 102) on Children's Services (Quality Protects) Special Grants for 2001-02 and 2002-03, and

    (2) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 101) on Personal Social Services Performance Grant for 2002-03

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 943 and 942] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Food,-Food and Animal Feedingstuffs (Products of Animal Origin from China) (Emergency Control) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1614), dated 19th June 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Other Papers:

4    Air Force (Constitution),-Amendment list 1 to Commissioning of Officers and Terms of Service of Officers and Airmen (Aircrew) in the Royal Air Force (Air Publication 3393 (Sixth Edition)), dated 8th June 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

5    Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the proposed merger between P&O Princess Cruises plc and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd [by Command] [Cm. 5536] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

6    Morocco (No. 1, 2002),-Agreement, done at London on 21st February 2002, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco on the Transfer of Convicted Offenders [by Command] [Cm. 5546] [Mr Secretary Straw].

7    Public Accounts,-Treasury Minute on the Twenty-third and the Twenty-sixth to Thirtieth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts [by Command] [Cm. 5524] [Ruth Kelly].

8    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the Petition [30th April] from residents of Bolton South East urging the House to seek a withdrawal of the Israeli Defence Force from the occupied territories [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

9    School Standards and Framework,-Account of the Kingston-upon-Hull Education Action Zone for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 958] [Clerk of the House].

10    Terrorism,-Report of the Independent Assessor of Military Complaints Procedures in Northern Ireland for 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

11    Trade and Industry,-Department of Trade and Industry Minute, dated 19th June 2002, concerning a proposed contingent liability to be undertaken to indemnify Bechtel Group in respect of any legal claims arising out of its assessment of legacy nuclear liabilities [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

12    Treasury,-Treasury Minute, dated 13th June 2002, concerning an extension to contingent liabilities undertaken in respect of the provision of third party (war and terrorism) insurance cover to UK operating airlines and the UK airline industry, and reporting on liabilities incurred since the Minute dated 10th April 2002 [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

Papers withdrawn:

13    Investigatory Powers,-(1) Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data: Additional Public Authorities) Order 2002 [laid 20th May],

    (2) draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Designation of Public Authorities for the Purposes of Intrusive Surveillance) Order 2002 [laid 10th June], and

    (3) draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources: Additional Public Authorities) Order 2002 [laid 10th June].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 (Schedule 4) (Amendment) Order 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Tony Banks, Mr John Baron, Mr Richard Caborn, Mr Ben Chapman, Ross Cranston, Mr Frank Dobson, Mr John Greenway, Nick Harvey, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Laurence Robertson, Joan Ruddock, Jonathan Shaw, Dr Rudi Vis and Mr Michael Weir.

2    Draft Social Security Amendment (Intercalating Students) Regulations 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Gregory Barker, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Julian Brazier, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr James Clappison, Jon Cruddas, Jim Dobbin, Jane Griffiths, Paul Holmes, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Jim Knight, Dr John Pugh, Angela Smith, Paddy Tipping and Malcolm Wicks.

3    Draft Specialised Agencies of the United Nations (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2002 and the draft United Nations and International Court of Justice (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Orders to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr David Borrow, Mr Menzies Campbell, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr Alan Duncan, Mr Peter Duncan, Mr Tom Harris, John McDonnell, Mr Denis MacShane, Fiona Mactaggart, Kali Mountford, Mr John Randall, Dr Phyllis Starkey and Derek Wyatt.

4    Draft Insider Dealing (Securities and Regulated Markets) (Amendment) Order 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: John Austin, Mr Edward Davey, Michael Fabricant, Mr Howard Flight, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr Paul Goodman, Mr Mark Hendrick, Ruth Kelly, Mr Peter Luff, Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr Chris Pond, Mr Alan Reid, Mr Dennis Skinner, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Dr Desmond Turner and Mrs Betty Williams.

5    Draft Offshore Installations (Emergency Pollution Control) Regulations 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Tony Cunningham, Mr Wayne David, Jim Dowd, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Frank Field, Mr Philip Hammond, Mr Charles Hendry, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Michael Jack, Mr Boris Johnson, Mr Ian Pearson, Angus Robertson, Christine Russell, Sir Robert Smith, Ian Stewart and Mr Brian Wilson.

6    Draft Immigration (Entry Otherwise than by Sea or Air) Order 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr John Battle, Mr Harold Best, Ms Karen Buck, Mr David Crausby, Dr Jack Cunningham, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Paul Goggins, Beverley Hughes, Simon Hughes, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger, Mr Humfrey Malins, Mr Frank Roy, Bob Russell and Derek Twigg.

7    Draft Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002 and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 94) (House of Commons Paper No. 885), on Funding for Enforcement of Vehicle Emission Standards 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations and Report to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Adrian Bailey, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Colin Breed, Richard Burden, Harry Cohen, Mr Don Foster, Dr Hywel Francis, Mr David Jamieson, Patrick Mercer, Mr Andrew Mitchell, Mr Malcolm Moss, Ms Meg Munn, Linda Perham, Joan Ryan, Mr Robert N. Wareing and Mr Dave Watts.

8    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 103) (House of Commons Paper No. 948), on 2002/03 Special Grant for Gypsy Sites Refurbishment:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Vera Baird, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Ivan Henderson, Mr David Heyes, Kate Hoey, Mrs Jackie Lawrence, Mr Tony McNulty, Alice Mahon, Dr Andrew Murrison, Mr George Osborne, Mr Martin Salter, Mr Adrian Sanders, David Winnick, Mr Phil Woolas and Richard Younger-Ross.

9    Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 833) and the Court of Protection (Enduring Powers of Attorney) (Amendment) Rules 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 832):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Rules to the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr John Burnett, Mr William Cash, Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr David Heath, Alan Keen, Mr Fraser Kemp, Siobhain McDonagh, Mr Gordon Marsden, Mr Eric Martlew, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Andrew Robathan, Hugh Robertson, Ms Gisela Stuart and Ms Rosie Winterton.

10    Draft Social Security (Electronic Communications) (Child Benefit) Order 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Julian Brazier, Andy Burnham, Mr David Chaytor, Mr James Clappison, Mr Jim Cousins, Tom Cox, Mr David Laws, Mr Tony Lloyd, Andrew Selous, Angela Smith, Mr Clive Soley, Bob Spink, Steve Webb, Malcolm Wicks and David Wright.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs-Departmental Report 2002]; to be printed [No. 969] [Mr David Curry].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Gibraltar]; to be printed [No. 973-i]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Seville European Council]; to be printed [No. 974-i]

    [Donald Anderson].

    3    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Delayed Discharges]; to be printed [No. 617-vi] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

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

    5    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-ii] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    6    Science and Technology,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Government Funding of the Learned Scientific Societies]; to be printed [No. 774-iii] [Dr Ian Gibson].

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

    8    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Railways in the North of England]; to be printed [No. 972-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    9    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [The Inland Revenue's Expenditure Plans, 2002-2004]; to be printed [No. 975] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 93]

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,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Phil Woolas.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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