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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 15th July 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Butterfill reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Contracting Out (Functions of Local Authorities: Income-Related Benefits) Order 2002.

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

2    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr David Chidgey reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Fixed-Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 and the draft Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (Amendment) Regulations 2002.

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

3    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 (Information) Order 2002.

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

4    Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill,-Mr David Wilshire presented a Bill to make provision for the regulation of the purchase of air weapons: 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 179].

5    Standing Committee on Regional Affairs,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 117 (Standing Committee on Regional Affairs), That-

    (1) the matter of the White Paper 'Your Region, Your Choice: Revitalising the English Regions' (Cm. 5511, May 2002), being a matter relating to regional affairs in England, be referred to the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs;

    (2) the Committee meet at Five o'clock on Wednesday 17th July at Westminster to consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above; and

    (3) the proceedings at the meeting be brought to a conclusion at half-past Seven o'clock-(Derek Twigg):-It was agreed to.

6    Education Bill (Programme) (No. 4),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [28th June 2001], That the following provisions shall apply to the Education Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Orders of 4th December 2001, 23rd January 2002 and 6th February 2002:

Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1. Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Seven o'clock on that day.

    2. The Lords Amendments shall be considered in the following order, namely, Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 27, 37, 1 to 11, 15 to 22, 24 to 26, 28 to 36 and 38 to 98.

Subsequent stages

    3. Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement-(Derek Twigg):-It was agreed to.

7    Education Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Education Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 12.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment-(Mr David Miliband);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Phil Woolas: 320.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Julian Brazier: 168.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    An Amendment ((a)) was made to the words so restored to the Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 13 was disagreed to.

    Amendments ((a), (b) and (c)) were made to the words so restored to the Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 14 was disagreed to.

    An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Bill in lieu of Lords Amendment No. 14 disagreed to, in page 23, line 44, at the end, to insert the following new Clause:

    'Annual report on circulars etc. sent to schools

    (1)The Secretary of State shall in respect of each academic year-

      (a)prepare a report listing-

      (i)documents sent by him during the year to all governing bodies of maintained schools in England or to all head teachers of such schools,

      (ii)documents (not falling within sub-paragraph (i)) sent by him during the year to all governing bodies of maintained schools in England of a particular kind or to all head teachers of such schools of a particular kind, and

      (b)lay a copy of the report before each House of Parliament.

    (2)The National Assembly for Wales shall in respect of each academic year prepare and publish a report listing-

      (a)documents sent by the Assembly during the year to all governing bodies of maintained schools in Wales or to all head teachers of such schools,

      (b)documents (not falling within paragraph (a)) sent by the Assembly during the year to all governing bodies of maintained schools in Wales of a particular kind or to all head teachers of such schools of a particular kind.

    (3)The documents referred to in subsections (1) and (2) do not include any document sent by the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales-

      (a)otherwise than in the exercise of functions relating to education, or

      (b)at the request of the person to whom it is sent.

    (4)In this section "academic year" means a period beginning with 1st August and ending with the next 31st July.'-(Jim Fitzpatrick);

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Joan Ryan, Mr Jim Murphy: 307.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Julian Brazier: 154.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 23 was disagreed to.

    An Amendment ((a)) was made to the Bill in lieu of Lords Amendment No. 23 disagreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 27.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment-(Mr David Miliband);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Joan Ryan, Mr Jim Murphy: 315.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Julian Brazier: 169.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Amendments ((b) and (c)) were made to the words so restored to the Bill.

    A consequential Amendment ((a)) was made to the Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 37.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House agrees with the Lords in their Amendment-(Mr David Miliband);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair, pursuant to Order [this day].

    And the Question being put, That this House agrees with the Lords in their Amendment;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Dan Norris: 354.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Desmond Swayne: 132.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker then put the remaining Question necessary to bring proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments to a conclusion.

    Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Amendments, put and agreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 11, 15 to 22, 24 to 26, 28 to 36 and 38 to 98 were accordingly agreed to.

8    Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the European Parliamentary Elections Bill [Lords] may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

9    European Parliamentary Elections Bill [Lords],-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the European Parliamentary Elections Bill [Lords];

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 58 (Consolidation bills), That the Bill be now read a second time:-It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 58 (Consolidation bills), That the Bill be not committed-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 58 (Consolidation bills), That the Bill be now read the third time:-It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, without Amendment.

10    Working Conditions for Temporary Workers,-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. 7430/02, draft Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on working conditions for temporary workers; and supports the Government's initial approach to negotiations-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

11    Companies,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Directors' Remuneration Report Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 1st July, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

12    Local Government Finance,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 102) (House of Commons Paper No. 943), on Children's Services (Quality Protects) Special Grants for 2001-02 and 2002-03, which was laid before this House on 19th June, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

13    Local Government Finance,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 104) (House of Commons Paper No. 1005) on Children's Services Quality Protects Adoption and Permanence Taskforce Special Grant for 2002-03, which was laid before this House on 26th June, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

14    Overseas Development,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Caribbean Development Bank (Further Payments) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 27th June, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

15    Overseas Development,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft African Development Fund (Additional Subscriptions) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 27th June, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

16    Representation of the People,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 26th June, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

17    Representation of the People,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 27th June, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

18    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at the sitting on Tuesday 23rd July, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any messages from the Lords shall have been received.-(Mr Fraser Kemp.)

19    Sittings of the House,-Ordered, That the House shall not sit on Friday 18th October or any later Friday until the end of the present Session of Parliament; and the provisions of paragraphs (3) and (4) of Standing Order No. 12 (House not to sit on certain Fridays) shall apply to those days.-(Mr Fraser Kemp.)

20    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) users of Richmond Park and others against the planned closure of Pen Ponds car park [two Petitions], and

    (2) residents of Gidea Park, Romford, against the closure of the Belgrave Avenue Surgery in Romford

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

21    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) residents of Knebworth, Hertfordshire, for measures to reduce the volume and speed of traffic in Gun Lane, Knebworth, and

    (2) residents of Stevenage and its surrounding villages against proposals by Hertfordshire County Council to build an extra 2,000 houses on urban green space and community land

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

22    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Fraser Kemp);

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

[Adjourned at 10.50 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 Negative Resolution:

1    Food,-Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (Addition of Substances for Specific Nutritional Purposes) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1817), dated 14th July 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

2    Income Tax,-Capital Allowances (Energy-saving Plant and Machinery) (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1818), dated 15th July 2002 [by Act] [John Healey].

3    Parliament,-Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1807), dated 15th July 2002 [by Act] [Mr Robin Cook].

Other Papers:

4    2002 Spending Review,-(1) Paper, entitled Opportunity and Security for All: Investing in an Enterprising, Fairer Britain: New Public Spending Plans 2003-2006 [by Command] [Cm. 5570] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer]; and

    (2) Paper, entitled Public Service Agreements, 2003-2006 [by Command] [Cm. 5571] [Mr Paul Boateng].

5    British Library,-Report and Accounts of the British Library Board for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 966] [Clerk of the House].

6    Church Commissioners,-Report and Accounts of the Church Commissioners for England for 2001 [by Measure] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

7    Post Office,-Review and Accounts of Consignia for 2001-02 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

8    Public Expenditure,-Paper, entitled Public Expenditure 2001-2002: Provisional Outturn [by Command] [Cm. 5574] [Mr Paul Boateng].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of functions etc) (Amendment) Order 2002,-The Speaker has appointed Mr David Amess Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations, in place of Mr Jimmy Hood.

2    Draft Contracting Out (Functions of Local Authorities: Income-Related Benefits) Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Geraint Davies, Mr David Drew and Judy Mallabar from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Roger Casale, Eric Joyce and Ann Mckechin.

3    Draft Fixed-Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 and the draft Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (Amendment) Regulations 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Robert Key from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Philip Hammond.

4    Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Cessation of Effect of Section 76) Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Lembit Ípik from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mrs Patsy Calton.

5    Draft Working Tax Credit (Entitlement and Maximum Rate) Regulations 2002, the draft Child Tax Credit Regulations 2002, the draft Tax Credits (Definition and Calculation of Income) Regulations 2002 and the draft Tax Credits (Relevant Income and Determination of Rates) Regulations 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged John Austin and Mr Gerry Sutcliffe from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Linda Perham and Angela Smith.

6    Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Patsy Calton from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Lembit Ípik.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Human Rights,-(1) Nineteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Draft Communications Bill]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1102]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The UK's Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child]; to be printed [No. 1103-i]

    [Jean Corston].

    2    International Development,-Third Report from the International Development Committee [Global Climate Change and Sustainable Development], 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. 519-I and -II] [Tony Baldry].

    3    Science and Technology,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Government Response to the Cancer Research Follow-Up Report]; to be printed [No. 1101-i] [Dr Ian Gibson].

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



 
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