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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 2nd July 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Housing (Right to Acquire) (Discount) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1091).

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

2    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mrs Irene Adams reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 101) (House of Commons Paper No. 942), on Personal Social Services Performance Grant for 2002-03.

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

3    Committal to Prison in Default of Fines, Local Taxes, etc. (Abolition),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to abolish the penalty of committal to prison in default of payment of community charge, council tax and other local taxes; and for related purposes: And that Andy King, Mr Bill Olner, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Mr Tony Clarke and Mr Joe Benton do prepare and bring it in.

4     Committal to Prison in Default of Fines, Local Taxes, etc. (Abolition) Bill,-Andy King accordingly presented a Bill to abolish the penalty of committal to prison in default of payment of community charge, council tax and other local taxes; and for related 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 159].

5    Opposition Day [16th 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.

    Funded Pensions,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House agrees with the Government's stated aim of increasing from 40 per cent. to 60 per cent. the proportion of pensioners' incomes that comes from the private sector, but condemns the Government for failing to pursue policies which would achieve this objective and instead imposing a massive 5 billion annual tax on pension funds, and for presiding over the lowest savings ratio since records began; notes that fewer than four in ten final salary schemes are now open to new members and is shocked by the Government's complacency in the face of widespread concern about the future of funded pensions; and therefore calls on the Government to cut the burden of regulation on pension funds, reverse the spread of means testing among pensioners, reform annuities and provide better incentives for people to save, so that they can enjoy a prosperous retirement-(Mr David Willetts);

    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 Government's framework for pensions which will reduce pensioner poverty and encourage saving; recognises that pensions are best provided on the firm foundation of the sound economy the Government has put in place, with partnership between employees and employers, pension providers and Government; congratulates the Government on the extra 6 billion paid to pensioners from April of this year and its intention to bring in the Pension Credit which will increase the incomes of around half of all pensioners; further welcomes the introduction and progress of stakeholder pensions; recognises that there is still more to do and looks forward to receiving the Pickering and Sandler Reviews and consulting on proposals for reform in the Autumn', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Smith.)

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

    David Maclean rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

    And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:-It was agreed to.

    And the Question being accordingly put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 140.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Jim Murphy: 381.

    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);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Jim Murphy: 327.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 188.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's framework for pensions which will reduce pensioner poverty and encourage saving; recognises that pensions are best provided on the firm foundation of the sound economy the Government has put in place, with partnership between employees and employers, pension providers and Government; congratulates the Government on the extra 6 billion paid to pensioners from April of this year and its intention to bring in the Pension Credit which will increase the incomes of around half of all pensioners; further welcomes the introduction and progress of stakeholder pensions; recognises that there is still more to do and looks forward to receiving the Pickering and Sandler Reviews and consulting on proposals for reform in the Autumn.

6    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 (Electronic Communications) (Child Benefit) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 17th June, be approved-(Mr Ian Pearson):-It was agreed to.

7    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 Homelessness (Priority Need for Accommodation) (England) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 18th June, be approved-(Mr Ian Pearson):-It was agreed to.

8    Third Country Nationals,-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 Documents No. 8237/01, draft Council Directive concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long term residents, and No. 11803/01, draft Council Directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purpose of paid employment and self-employed activities; supports the Government's position on these measures; and takes note that the Government has not opted into them but intends to maintain a constructive approach and will consider whether to opt in once their final shape is clear-(Mr Ian Pearson):-It was agreed to.

9    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) the Bedford College Branch of the East Anglia Region of the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education for a review of the Government's policy on the funding of further education, and

    (2) residents of Derby against the use of electric collars in dog training

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

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

    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 Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11 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    Northern Ireland,-Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    National Health Service,-Coventry Primary Care Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1692), dated 1st July 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

3    Plant Breeders' Rights,-Plant Breeders' Rights (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1677), dated 27th June 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4    Social Security,-Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 4) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1696), dated 1st July 2002 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

5    Social Security (Northern Ireland),-Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 3) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1697), dated 1st July 2002 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

6    Electoral Law (Northern Ireland),-Report of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland for 2001-02 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 864] [Mr Secretary Reid].

7    Financial Reporting to Parliament,-Departmental Reports 2002: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2002-03 to 2003-04 for The Cabinet Office, The Central Office of Information, Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioner for England, The Privy Council Office, House of Lords, House of Commons, National Audit Office and Electoral Commission [by Command] [Cm. 5429] [Mr Douglas Alexander].

8    House of Commons,-Report of the House of Commons Commission for 2001-02 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1002] [The Speaker].

9    Parliamentary Commissioner,-Eighth Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 2001-02: Annual Report 2001-02 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 897] [Clerk of the House].

10    Race Relations,-Report of the Commission for Racial Equality for 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

11    Treasury Solicitor,-Crown's Nominee Account for 2001-02 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

Papers withdrawn:

12    Northern Ireland,-Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2002 [laid 20th June].

APPENDIX II

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-iii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Hazardous Waste Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Hazardous Waste]; to be printed [No. 919-iv] [Mr Michael Jack]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Illegal Meat Imports Sub-Committee of the Committee [Illegal Meat Imports]; to be printed [No. 968-ii]

[Paddy Tipping].

    3    Human Rights,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Human Rights on 1st July [The Case for a Human Rights Commission for the UK]; to be printed [No. 781-vii] [Jean Corston].

    4    International Development,-(1) Second Special Report from the International Development Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee, Session 2001-02, on The Effectiveness of the Reforms of European Development Assistance]; to be printed [No. 1027]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [CDC Capital Partners]; to be printed [No. 1028]

    [Tony Baldry].

    5    Procedure,-(1) First Special Report from the Procedure Committee [Major Infrastructure Projects: Proposed New Parliamentary Procedures]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1031]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Major Infrastructure Projects: Proposed New Parliamentary Procedures]; to be printed [No. 823-iii]

[Sir Nicholas Winterton].

    6    Public Accounts,-(1) Forty-fifth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Inpatient and Outpatient Waiting in the NHS]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 376];

    (2) Forty-sixth report from the Committee [Inappropriate Adjustments to NHS Waiting Lists]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 517];

    (3) Forty-seventh report from the Committee [The Landfill Tax Credit Scheme]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 338]; and

    (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 1st July [Ministry of Defence: Redevelopment of MOD Main Building] [No. 1034-i]

[Mr Edward Leigh].

    7    Regulatory Reform,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Regulatory Reform Committee [Operation of the Regulatory Reform Act]; to be printed [No. 1029-i] [Mr Peter Pike].

    8    Statutory Instruments,-Thirty-fourth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-xxxiv] [Brian White].

    9    Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Biotechnology]; to be printed [Nos. 1035-i and -ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    10    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-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-iii] [Andrew Bennett].

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

[W.H., No. 98]

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,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Nick Ainger);

    And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker

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CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings for Monday 1st July, in Appendix III, Items 15 and 16 should be numbered 1 and 2 and in the second of them, relating to the Thirteenth Report from the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee, the printing numbers should be Nos. 476-I and -III.



 
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