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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 25th June 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    Standing Orders,-The Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Standing Orders Committee the following Resolution:

    That, in the case of the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] and the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill [Lords], the Standing Orders ought to be dispensed with: That the parties be permitted to insert their Additional Provisions, if the Committee on the Bills thinks fit.

    The Resolution was agreed to.

2    Police Reform Bill [Lords],-Miss Ann Widdecombe reported from Standing Committee A, That it had agreed to the following Resolution in respect of the Police Reform Bill [Lords]:

    That the Standing Committee recommends that one and a half days be allotted for consideration and Third Reading of the Police Reform Bill [Lords].

    Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

3    Finance Bill (except Clauses Nos. 4, 19, 23, 26 to 29, 87 to 92, 131 and 134 and Schedules Nos. 1, 5 and 38),-Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee F, that it had gone through the Finance Bill (except Clauses Nos. 4, 19, 23, 26 to 29, 87 to 92, 131 and 134 and Schedules Nos. 1, 5 and 38), and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, not amended in the Committee and as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 154].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 1004].

4    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Nigel Beard reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Immigration (Entry Otherwise than by Sea or Air) Order 2002.

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

5    Auctions,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the sale of goods by auction; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Frank Doran, Rosemary McKenna, Hugh Bayley, Linda Gilroy, Mr Chris Bryant, Joan Ruddock, Miss Anne Begg and Ms Dari Taylor do prepare and bring it in.

6    Auctions Bill,-Mr Frank Doran accordingly presented a Bill to make provision about the sale of goods by auction; and for connected purposes: 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 153].

7    Royal Assent,-The Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts, agreed upon by both Houses:

      State Pension Credit Act 2002

      National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002

      Land at Palace Avenue, Kensington (Acquisition of Freehold) Act 2002.

8    Opposition Day [15th allotted day],-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.

    Mental Health,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House expresses its deep concern at the plight of those who suffer mental ill-health and notes that almost every family will have experience of some form of mental illness; is concerned at the inadequate treatment so many receive, the shortages of staff and beds, the gaps in community provision and the lack of choice; condemns the lack of support and respite for carers, the lack of early intervention with the young and the unmet needs of the elderly; further notes that many vulnerable people with mental health problems are in prison and receiving inadequate medical care; expresses concern at the rise in the suicide rate of those suffering from mental illness; regrets the diversion of mental health funding into other clinical areas; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to act to raise awareness of the scale of mental health problems and to ensure that patients are treated in an appropriate and dignified way-(Dr Liam Fox);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 3, to leave out from the word 'illness;' to the end of the Question and add the words 'notes the decades of under-investment which led to crumbling buildings, demoralised staff and inadequate treatment under the Conservative Government which left many of the most vulnerable in society without the care they need; supports this Government's investment in NHS mental health services to ensure better and faster care for people with mental health problems, including new community teams, more staff, improved acute care and new services for children; supports the full implementation of the Mental Health National Service Framework to ensure national standards are in place for the care and treatment of mental illness; recognises the massive contribution of carers and the Government's action to support them, and commends the Government's "mind out for mental health" campaign to tackle stigma; and believes that improving mental health services should remain a key Government priority', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Milburn.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr David Wilshire: 187.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr Jim Murphy: 317.

    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.

    And the Main Question, as amended, being put;

    Resolved, That this House expresses its deep concern at the plight of those who suffer mental ill-health and notes that almost every family will have experience of some form of mental illness; notes the decades of under-investment which led to crumbling buildings, demoralised staff and inadequate treatment under the Conservative Government which left many of the most vulnerable in society without the care they need; supports this Government's investment in NHS mental health services to ensure better and faster care for people with mental health problems, including new community teams, more staff, improved acute care and new services for children; supports the full implementation of the Mental Health National Service Framework to ensure national standards are in place for the care and treatment of mental illness; recognises the massive contribution of carers and the Government's action to support them, and commends the Government's 'mind out for mental health' campaign to tackle stigma; and believes that improving mental health services should remain a key Government priority.

    Situation in Zimbabwe,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House deplores the deteriorating political, economic and humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe; condemns the continuing violations of basic human rights committed by the Mugabe regime; reaffirms the view that following the rigged presidential election in March the current Zimbabwean government lacks legitimacy; regrets the failure of Her Majesty's Government and the EU to implement sanctions and exert effective pressure on the Mugabe regime to hold new free and independently monitored presidential elections; recognises the growing politically-induced humanitarian suffering in Zimbabwe, and its effects on her neighbours; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to take effective action to build an international coalition to apply whatever pressure is necessary, in line with the Harare Declaration, to restore democracy in Zimbabwe through fresh Presidential elections-(Mr Michael Ancram);

    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 'expresses its grave concern at the abuse of human rights and suppression of freedom of expression in Zimbabwe, the increase in poverty arising from the policies of the ruling party, and the impending humanitarian crisis in the country; reaffirms the view that the outcome of the recent Presidential election does not reflect the will of the Zimbabwean people; recognises the need for Land Reform but also recognises that this needs to be done responsibly; welcomes the actions taken on Zimbabwe by Her Majesty's Government in co-operation with the EU, the Commonwealth, the US and others; further welcomes the efforts of the Governments of South Africa and Nigeria to facilitate dialogue between ZANU (PF) and MDC, and deplores ZANU (PF)'s withdrawal from these talks; further welcomes the Government's commitment of 32 million to humanitarian relief in Zimbabwe outside official channels; and calls on the Government to encourage other donors to stand by the people of Zimbabwe at this difficult time', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Straw.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mrs Cheryl Gillan: 138.

      Tellers for the Noes, Derek Twigg, Joan Ryan: 361.

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

    Resolved, That this House expresses its grave concern at the abuse of human rights and suppression of freedom of expression in Zimbabwe, the increase in poverty arising from the policies of the ruling party, and the impending humanitarian crisis in the country; reaffirms the view that the outcome of the recent Presidential election does not reflect the will of the Zimbabwean people; recognises the need for Land Reform but also recognises that this needs to be done responsibly; welcomes the actions taken on Zimbabwe by Her Majesty's Government in co-operation with the EU, the Commonwealth, the US and others; further welcomes the efforts of the Governments of South Africa and Nigeria to facilitate dialogue between ZANU (PF) and MDC, and deplores ZANU (PF)'s withdrawal from these talks; further welcomes the Government's commitment of 32 million to humanitarian relief in Zimbabwe outside official channels; and calls on the Government to encourage other donors to stand by the people of Zimbabwe at this difficult time.

9    Countryside,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Vehicular Access Across Common and Other Land (England) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 14th May, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

10    Investigatory Powers,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Maintenance of Interception Capability) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 22nd May, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

11    International Immunities and Privileges,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Specialized Agencies of the United Nations (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 12th June, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

12    International Immunities and Privileges,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft United Nations and International Court of Justice (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 12th June, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

13    Social Security,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Social Security Amendment (Intercalating Students) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 12th June, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

14    Insider Dealing,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Insider Dealing (Securities and Regulated Markets) (Amendment) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 12th June, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

15    Environmental Protection,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Offshore Installations (Emergency Pollution Control) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 12th June, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

16    Scottish Grand Committee,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 100 (Scottish Grand Committee (sittings)), That the Scottish Grand Committee shall meet at Westminster on Wednesday 10th July at half-past Ten o'clock to consider a substantive Motion for the adjournment of the Committee-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

17    Social Care,-Ordered, That the National Care Standards Commission (Children's Rights Director) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1250), dated 1st May 2002, a copy of which was laid before this House on 3rd May, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Jim Murphy.)

18    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Jim Murphy);

    And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then a quarter to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.45 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    Companies,-Draft Directors' Remuneration Report Regulations 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

2    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Charities,-Charities (Exception from Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1598), dated 18th June 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Other Papers:

4    Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall,-Financial Statements of the Duchy of Cornwall for 2001-02 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 890] [Ruth Kelly].

5    Mental Health,-Paper, entitled Draft Mental Health Bill, together with Explanatory Notes and Consultation Document [by Command] [Cm. 5538-I, -II and -III] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

6    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the:-

    (1) Greenwich Education Action Zone, and

    (2) Hamilton Oxford Education Action Zone

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

to be printed [Nos. 994 and 993] [Clerk of the House].

7    Treaty Series (No. 28, 2002),-International Convention, adopted at New York on 9th December 1999, for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism [Cm. 5550] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committee

    Draft Immigration (Entry Otherwise than by Sea and Air) Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Battle, Mr Harold Best, Mr David Crausby and Dr Jack Cunningham from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Russell Brown, Sandra Osborne, Lawrie Quinn and Mr Anthony D. Wright.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Gambling]; to be printed [No. 827-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Conduct of Investigations into Past Cases of Abuse in Children's Homes]; to be printed [No. 836-vi] [Mr Chris Mullin].

    3    Statutory Instruments,-Thirty-third Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-xxxiii] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    4    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-committee of the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Affordable Housing]; to be printed [No. 809-ii]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Urban Affairs Sub-committee of the Committee [Draft Local Government Bill]; to be printed [No. 981-II]

    [Andrew Bennett].

    5    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The Financial Regulation of Public Limited Companies]; to be printed [No. 758-iii] [Mr John McFall].

    6    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [The Draft National Health Service (Wales) Bill]; to be printed [No. 959-ii] [Mr Martyn Jones].

[W.H., No. 95]

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.-(Joan Ryan.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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