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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 22nd October 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    London Development Agency Bill,-The London Development Agency Bill was read the third time, and passed.

2    Milford Haven Port Authority Bill [Lords],-The Milford Haven Port Authority Bill [Lords] was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.

3    Selection,-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed [16th October], That Mr John Hayes be discharged from the Committee of Selection and Mr Peter Luff be added to the Committee;

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

4    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Edward O'Hara reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the 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.

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

5    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Win Griffiths reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Merchant Shipping (Safety of Navigation) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1473).

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

6    Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    The Lords have agreed to the Amendment made by this House to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

    The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Milford Haven Port Authority Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

7    National Nutrition,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the establishment of a national nutrition strategy; to provide development funding for Primary Care Trusts to address the issue of diet and obesity; to establish a minimum requirement for physical activity in schools; to develop a system of food labelling to enable consumers to identify high-fat foods and total calorie content; and to make it a requirement for health warnings to be displayed on all packaged convenience food with a high-fat or sugar content: And that Ms Oona King, Sandra Gidley, Siobhain McDonagh, Julia Drown, Andy Burnham, Ms Debra Shipley, Geraint Davies, Dr Jenny Tonge, Miss Anne Begg, James Purnell and Mr Tom Clarke do prepare and bring it in.

8    National Nutrition Bill,-Ms Oona King accordingly presented a Bill to provide for the establishment of a national nutrition strategy; to provide development funding for Primary Care Trusts to address the issue of diet and obesity; to establish a minimum requirement for physical activity in schools; to develop a system of food labelling to enable consumers to identify high-fat foods and total calorie content; and to make it a requirement for health warnings to be displayed on all packaged convenience food with a high-fat or sugar content: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Thursday 7th November and to be printed [Bill 195].

9    Affordable Housing,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that the current crisis in affordable housing has reached such a level that there is a national need for more than 80,000 new affordable dwellings per annum for the next decade and beyond; regrets the failure of the present Government to take earlier action while welcoming additional funding for that housing announced in the Spending Review 2002 and recent measures to tackle homelessness; and believes that urgent action is needed better to link local and regional planning and housing policies, to bring back into use empty properties, to increase the density of housing developments, to encourage local authorities to implement fully PPG3 and to reform the right to buy to prevent abuses of the system, while resisting the Conservative Opposition's proposals for its extension-(Mr Don Foster);

    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 additional funding for housing announced in the Spending Review 2002 and recent measures to tackle homelessness; and supports the action being taken better to link local and regional planning and housing policies, to bring back into use empty properties, to increase the density of housing developments, to encourage local authorities to implement fully PPG3 and to reform the right to buy to prevent abuses of the system while resisting the Conservative Opposition's proposals for its extension', instead thereof.-(Mrs Barbara Roche.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Dr John Pugh: 50.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Charlotte Atkins: 447.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [17th October] and 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 additional funding for housing announced in the Spending Review 2002 and recent measures to tackle homelessness; and supports the action being taken better to link local and regional planning and housing policies, to bring back into use empty properties, to increase the density of housing developments, to encourage local authorities to implement fully PPG3 and to reform the right to buy to prevent abuses of the system while resisting the Conservative Opposition's proposals for its extension.

10    Nuclear Power and Development of a Sustainable Energy Market,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes with concern the decision of the Government to put at risk over 600 million of public funds in order to prevent the bankruptcy of the privatised nuclear power company British Energy; further notes that several competitor companies in the deregulated market also face financial collapse and that some are petitioning for Government assistance; believes that nuclear power has been shown in a competitive market to be uneconomic as well as to generate long-term environmental costs in respect of waste disposal and decommissioning; further believes that it would be wrong for the Government to continue to bail out British Energy shareholders with a massive unplanned injection of public money or encourage new nuclear power projects; and calls on Her Majesty's Government urgently to bring forward its response to the PIU energy review, with measures to initiate a sustained long-term improvement in energy efficiency and conservation, and to facilitate the more rapid introduction of a variety of new renewable energy technologies as the favoured electricity generating source in the long-term, taking into account the Government's Kyoto targets and the Prime Minister's support for sustainable energy use at Johannesburg-(Dr Vincent Cable);

    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 publication earlier this year of the Performance and Innovation Unit's review of the strategic issues surrounding energy policy for Great Britain up to 2050; welcomes the Government's commitment to publish an Energy White Paper in the New Year setting out a long-term framework for energy policy following its recent extensive and innovative public consultation on energy issues; understands that British Energy's problems, and those of certain other players, are about companies rather than a way of generating electricity and welcomes the speed with which the market can respond to protect the interests of consumers; recognizes that the future of nuclear power in the UK is a question that has to be addressed on its own merits, not in the light of a particular set of circumstances surrounding a particular private sector company; further recognizes that it is not the responsibility of Government to bail out electricity suppliers unless it threatens safety or security of electricity supplies; and welcomes the work Government has done to promote sustainable energy use in terms of energy use reductions and to promote the development of renewable energy', instead thereof.-(Mr Brian Wilson.)

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

    Sir Robert Smith 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, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Andrew Stunell: 54.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Heppell, Mr Jim Murphy: 313.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [17th October] and Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Heppell, Mr Jim Murphy: 293.

      Tellers for the Noes, Bob Russell, John Thurso: 52.

    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 publication earlier this year of the Performance and Innovation Unit's review of the strategic issues surrounding energy policy for Great Britain up to 2050; welcomes the Government's commitment to publish an Energy White Paper in the New Year setting out a long-term framework for energy policy following its recent extensive and innovative public consultation on energy issues; understands that British Energy's problems, and those of certain other players, are about companies rather than a way of generating electricity and welcomes the speed with which the market can respond to protect the interests of consumers; recognizes that the future of nuclear power in the UK is a question that has to be addressed on its own merits, not in the light of a particular set of circumstances surrounding a particular private sector company; further recognizes that it is not the responsibility of Government to bail out electricity suppliers unless it threatens safety or security of electricity supplies; and welcomes the work Government has done to promote sustainable energy use in terms of energy use reductions and to promote the development of renewable energy.

11    Countryside,-Ordered, That the Countryside (Provisional and Conclusive Maps) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1710), dated 7th July 2002, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Ivor Caplin.)

12    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at the sitting on Wednesday 23rd October, opposition business may be proceeded with, notwithstanding paragraph (2)(c)(i) of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), for three hours or until Seven o'clock, whichever is later, and proceedings shall then lapse if not previously concluded.-(Mr Ivor Caplin.)

13    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) 'Consumers for Health Choice' and others against restrictions on the availability of natural health products [two petitions], and

    (2) residents of Gloucester and others for greater regulation of air weapons

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

14    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from 'Consumers for Health Choice' and others against restrictions on the availability of natural health products was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

15    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Ivor Caplin.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.57 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:

Other Papers:

1    Agricultural Marketing,-Report of the Agricultural Marketing Schemes for 2001-02 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

2    Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the merger situation of Group 4 Falck A/S and The Wackenhut Corporation [by Command] [Cm. 5624] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

3    Criminal Justice and Court Services,-Report and Accounts of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1208] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

4    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Individual Learning Accounts [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1235] [Clerk of the House].

5    Public Petitions,-Observations-

    (1) by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the Petition [22nd May] from Mr A. Qayum and others for assurances from the Indian Government that those guilty of murder and violence in Gujarat will be brought to justice; and

    (2) by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petitions [15th July] from users of Richmond Park and others against the planned closure of Pen Ponds car park

[by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

6    Sport,-Report and Summary Accounts of UK Sport for 2001-02 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-(1) Ninth Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The Future of UK Agriculture in a Changing World] 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. 550-I and -II]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Future of UK Agriculture in a Changing World]

[Mr David Curry]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy Sub-Committee of the Committee [Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy]; to be printed [No. 1252-i] [Mr Colin Breed].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Biological Weapons Green Paper]; to be printed [No. 1248-i] [Donald Anderson].

    3    Home Affairs,-Fourth Report from the Home Affairs Committee [The Conduct of Investigations into Past Cases of Abuse in Children's Homes]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 836-I] [Mr Chris Mullin].

    4    Human Rights,-Twenty-third Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill: Further Report], to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1255] [Jean Corston].

    5    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) First Special Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Government Response to the Tenth Report of the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee (Ordnance Survey)]; to be printed [No. 1249]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Affordable Housing]; to be printed [No. 1206-ii]

    [Andrew Bennett].

    6    Regulatory Reform,-Thirteenth Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [The Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Sugar Beet Research and Education) Order 2003]; to be printed; with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1247] [Mr Peter Pike].

    7    Statutory Instruments,-Thirty-eighth report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-xxxviii] [Brian White].

    8    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Split Capital Investment Trusts]; to be printed [No. 1089-ii] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 112]

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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