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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 17th July 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    Home Energy Conservation Bill,-The Order for further consideration of the Home Energy Conservation Bill on Friday 19th July was read and discharged.

    Bill withdrawn.

2    Standing Committee on Regional Affairs,-Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs, That it had considered the matter of the White Paper 'Your Region, Your Choice: Revitalising the English Regions' (Cm. 5511, May 2002), referred to it on 15th July.

3    Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Roger Gale reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2002.

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

4    European Standing Committee C,-Mr Joe Benton reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 9923/01, amended draft Directive on waste from electrical and electronic equipment, the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum from the Department of Trade and Industry of 15th March on the Common Position of the Council on that draft Directive, No. 10143/01, amended draft Directive on restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum from the Department of Trade and Industry of 15th March on the Common Position of the Council on that draft Directive; notes the Government's current negotiating line; and supports the Government's actions.

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

5    Child Abuse Deaths Bill,-Mr Paul Burstow presented a Bill to place Area Child Protection Committees on a statutory footing; to make provision for appropriate resources to establish Child Death Review Teams; to provide child protection training for all professionals in contact with children; to provide independent counselling schemes; and to appoint a Children's Commissioner in all parts of the United Kingdom: 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 183].

6    Respite Care (Children),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Children Act 1989 to make it mandatory for local authorities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need and to ensure that children with severe disabilities receive similar levels of respite care from local authorities as other vulnerable members of the community: And that Tony Baldry, Mr David Cameron, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Robert Jackson and Mr Boris Johnson do prepare and bring it in.

7    Respite Care (Children) Bill,-Tony Baldry accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Children Act 1989 to make it mandatory for local authorities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need and to ensure that children with severe disabilities receive similar levels of respite care from local authorities as other vulnerable members of the community: 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 184].

8    2003 Preliminary Draft Budget,-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 the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum from HM Treasury dated 5th July 2002 relating to the Preliminary Draft General Budget of the European Communities for the financial year 2003; and supports the Government's efforts to maintain budget discipline in the Community-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe):-It was agreed to.

9    Terrorism,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Cessation of Effect of section 76) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 27th June, be approved-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe):-It was agreed to.

10    Adjournment (Defence Procurement),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe);

11    Deferred Divisions,-The Deputy Speaker announced the results of the Division which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Order of the House [28th June 2001]:

    Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,-That this House takes note with approval of the Government's assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2002-03 and the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2002-03 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

      Ayes: 275.

      Noes: 179.

    So the Question was agreed to.

12    Adjournment (Defence Procurement),-Debate being resumed on the Question, That this House do now adjourn;

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

13    Tax Credits,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Working Tax Credit (Entitlement and Maximum Rate) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 9th July, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

14    Tax Credits,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Child Tax Credit Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 9th July, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

15    Tax Credits,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Tax Credits (Definition and Calculation of Income) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 9th July, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

16    Tax Credits,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 9th July, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

17    Constitutional Law,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions, etc.) (Amendment) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 27th June, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

18    Treasure,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Treasure (Designation) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 3rd July, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

19    Treasure,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the revised Treasure Act 1996 Code of Practice (England and Wales), a copy of which was laid before this House on 3rd July, be approved-(Angela Smith):-It was agreed to.

20    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from the SHE (Simply Holistic Endometriosis) Trusts and others for a review of Government policy on the care and treatment of endometriosis sufferers was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

21    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Stoke Deaf British Sign Language Campaigners for recognition of British Sign Language as an official language of the United Kingdom was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

22    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Angela Smith.)

    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    European Communities,-(1) Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) Order 2002, and

    (2) draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, and the Republic of Croatia) Order 2002

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Criminal Law,-(1) Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amount of Penalty) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1837), and

    (2) Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Form of Penalty Notice) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1838),

    dated 16th July 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

3    Protection of Wrecks,-Protection of Wrecks (Designation) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1858), dated 17th July 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

4    Road Traffic,-Motor Vehicles (EC Type Approval) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1835), dated 12th July 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

5    Aliens' Employment,-Cabinet Office Minute, dated 17th July 2002, under section 1(4) of the Aliens' Employment Act 1955 relating to aliens employed in the Civil Service during 2001-02 [by Act] [Mr Douglas Alexander].

6    Criminal Justice,-Paper, entitled Justice for All [by Command] [Cm. 5563] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

7    Culture, Media and Sport,-Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 2001-02, on Revisiting the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games [by Command] [Cm. 5576] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

8    Defence Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 834] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

9    Environmental Protection,-Annual Report of English Nature for 2001-02 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

10    Government Trading Funds,-Reports and Accounts of-

    (1) Ordnance Survey, and

    (2) the Vehicle Inspectorate

    for 2001-02, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 892 and 921] [Clerk of the House].

11    National Statistics,-Report of the Statistics Commission for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Command] [Cm. 5564] [Ruth Kelly].

12    Police,-Account of the Police Complaints Authority for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1105] [Clerk of the House].

13    Railways,-Report and Accounts of the Strategic Rail Authority for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

14    Science and Technology,-Annual Report of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils for 2001-02 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

15    Trade and Industry Executive Agencies,-

(1) Accounts of the Small Business Service,

    (2) Report and Accounts of the Insolvency Service, and

    (3) Report and Accounts of the National Weights and Measures Laboratory

    for 2001-02, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 967, 963 and 992] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

16    Treaty Series (No. 30, 2002),-Exchange of Notes, done at Dar es Salaam on 29th March and 23rd May 2001, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania concerning Certain Commercial Debts (The United Kingdom/Tanzania Debt Agreement No. 6 (2000)) [by Command] [Cm. 5572] [Mr Secretary Straw].

17    Treaty Series (No. 31, 2002),-Agreement, done at The Hague on 26th October 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on the Privileges and Immunities of the OPCW [by Command] [Cm. 5575] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 106) (House of Commons Paper No. 1019) on Special Grants for Performance Pay Progression for Teachers on any Qualified Teacher Pay Scale, for Performance Pay Progression for Teachers on the Leadership Group Pay Spine, and for Threshold Payments for Teachers Employed by Local Authorities in Children's Homes:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Marion Roe Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr John Battle, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Graham Brady, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Nick Gibb, Mr Kevan Jones, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Jim Murphy, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr David Rendel, Phil Sawford, Mr Clive Soley, Mr Stephen Twigg, Mr Phil Willis and Mr Mike Wood.

2    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 105) on Invest to Save Budget Round 4 Projects and Local Government On-Line (House of Commons Paper No. 1069):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: John Austin, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, John Cryer, Linda Gilroy, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr George Howarth, Andy King, Mr David Laws, Mr Christopher Leslie, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Brian Sedgemore, Mr Mark Todd, Mr David Tredinnick and Mr Phil Woolas.

3    Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1807):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Ben Bradshaw, Mr John Butterfill, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Eric Martlew, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr Ken Purchase, Angela Smith, Dr Howard Stoate, Ms Gisela Stuart, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mark Tami, Mr John Taylor, Mr Paul Tyler, Mr Tom Watson and Steve Webb.

4    Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2002:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr James Cran Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Crispin Blunt, Peter Bottomley, Mr Desmond Browne, Jim Dobbin, Jane Griffiths, Mr John Hayes, Lady Hermon, Mr Mark Lazarowicz, Chris McCafferty, Shona McIsaac, Mr Denis Murphy, Mr Jim Murphy, Lembit Ípik, Phil Sawford, Mr Hugo Swire and Mr Bill Tynan.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-(1) Seventh Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The Government's Proposals for Gambling: Nothing to Lose?], 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. 827]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [BBC Report and Accounts 2001-02]; to be printed [No. 1111-i]

    [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Defence,-(1) Sixth Report from the Defence Committee [Defence and Security in the UK], 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. 518]; and

    (2) Fifth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee, on Ministry of Defence Reviews of Armed Forces' Pensions and Compensation Arrangements]; to be printed [No. 1115]

    [Mr Bruce George].

    3    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Department for Education and Skills: the next four years]; to be printed [No. 304-ix] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    4    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-(1) Seventh Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Illegal Meat Imports], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Illegal Meat Imports Sub-Committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 968];

    (2) Eighth Report from the Committee [Hazardous Waste], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Hazardous Waste Sub-Committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 919];

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Illegal Meat Imports Sub-Committee of the Committee [Illegal Meat Imports]; and

    (4) Memorandum laid before the Hazardous Waste Sub-Committee of the Committee [Hazardous Waste]

    [Mr David Curry].

    5    European Scrutiny,-Thirty-seventh Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 152-xxxvii] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    6    Health,-(1) Third Report from the Health Committee [Delayed Discharges], 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. 617] [Julia Drown]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Sexual Health]; to be printed [No. 990-iii] [John Austin].

    7    International Development,-Fifth Report from the International Development Committee [Financing for Development: Finding the money to eliminate world poverty], 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 [Nos. 785-I and -II] [Tony Baldry].

    8    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Control of Firearms in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 1119-i] [Mr Michael Mates].

    9    Public Accounts,-(1) Fifty-first Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Agricultural fraud: The case of Joseph Bowden]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 684];

    (2) Fifty-second Report from the Committee [e-Revenue]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 707];

    (3) Fifty-third Report from the Committee [Reducing Prisoner Reoffending]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 619];

    (4) Fifty-fourth Report from the Committee [Improving Public Services through e-Government]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 845];

    (5) Fifty-fifth Report from the Committee [Fraud and Error in Income Support]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 595];

    (6) Fifty-sixth Report from the Committee [Ministry of Defence: Combat Identification]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 759];

    (7) Fifty-seventh Report from the Committee [The operation and wind-up of Teesside Development Corporation]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 675];

    (8) Fifty-eighth Report from the Committee [Improving Student Achievement and Widening Participation in Higher Education in England]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 588];

    (9) Fifty-ninth Report from the Committee [Delivering the Commercialisation of Public Sector Science]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 689];

    (10) Sixtieth Report from the Committee [Royal travel by air and rail]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 529];

    (11) Sixty-first Report from the Committee [The Management of Surplus Property by Trusts in the NHS in England]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 765];

    (12) Sixty-second Report from the Committee [The New Deal for Young People]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 700]; and

    (13) Sixty-third Report from the Committee [Construction of Portcullis House, the new Parliamentary building]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 861]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

    10    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Fifteenth Report from the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Draft Local Government Bill], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [Nos. 981-I and -III];

    (2) Sixteenth Report from the Committee [Tall Buildings], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [Nos. 482-I and -III];

    (3) Seventeenth Report from the Committee [The Bus Industry], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [Nos. 828-I and -II];

    (4) Eighteenth Report from the Committee [NATS Finances], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 789];

    (5) Nineteenth Report from the Committee [The New Towns: their problems and future], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [Nos. 603-I and -III];

    (6) Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [Ports]; to be printed [No. 788-iii];

    (7) Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [Railways in the North of England]; to be printed [No. 972-iii];

    (8) Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [Rail Freight and the Channel Tunnel]; to be printed [No. 1078-ii]; and

    (9) Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Committee [Affordable Housing]; to be printed [No. 809-iv]

    [Andrew Bennett].

    11    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Spending Review 2002]; to be printed [No. 1092-i] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 105]

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 Ian Pearson.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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