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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 12th December 2002

1    Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill,-The Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Programming Committee, That it had come to a Resolution in respect of the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Clauses 1 to 4), which it had directed him to report to the House:

    That, pursuant to the Programme Order of 26th November 2002 relating to the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Clauses 1 to 4), proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be brought to a conclusion (so far as not previously concluded) by the times specified in the Table-

Table
      Proceedings
Time for conclusion of proceedings
      Clause 1
Two and a half hours after the commencement of any proceedings on a motion relating to this Resolution
      Clause 2
Five hours after the commencement of such proceedings
      Clause 3
Five and a half hours after the commencement of such proceedings
      Clause 4
Six hours after the commencement of such proceedings

    Report to lie upon the Table.

2    Health (Wales) Bill,-Mr Win Griffiths reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Health (Wales) Bill and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Monday 16th December.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 186].

3    Northern Ireland,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 25th November, be approved-(Mr Phil Woolas):-It was agreed to.

4    Northern Ireland,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 25th November, be approved-(Mr Phil Woolas):-It was agreed to.

5    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House welcomes the Government's commitment to sustainable development, balancing environmental, economic and social aims both domestically and globally; commends its drive to promote thriving rural economies and communities, including a vibrant food and farming sector, that protects and ensures the sustainable use of the environment, as well as contributing to productivity; applauds the launch on 12th December of the Government's Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy; further welcomes the Government's commitment in its response to the Foot and Mouth Disease Inquiry reports to a massive programme of work and reform; recognises the substantial strides the Government is making in tackling climate change, and the leading role it played at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in securing global commitments to tackle poverty through sustainable development, such as halving the number of people without access to adequate sanitation; further welcomes its focus on the sustainable and efficient use of the urban and rural environment and the need to work with business to promote the country's competitive advantage by embracing and leading internationally on green technologies, landscapes and the countryside for all to enjoy and benefit from, its commitment to animal welfare and its focus on evidence-based policy-making and science; and urges the Government to make continuing progress in advancing global environmental priorities, including radical reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, not least as part of the UK's commitment to reducing poverty and hunger in developing countries, to the World Trade Organisation, and to further cuts in carbon emissions worldwide-(Secretary Margaret Beckett);

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 'notes with concern the continuing recession in British agriculture; believes that a profitable farming and growing industry should be at the heart of a thriving rural economy; deplores the Government's mishandling of the foot and mouth epidemic and its failure to take effective action against illegal meat imports; calls upon the Government to reduce rather than increase the costs imposed on farmers and growers by unnecessary regulations; regrets the Government's failure to deliver on its promises to rural-proof its policies and to place sustainable development at the heart of policymaking and its failure to deliver on its own targets for recycling and carbon emissions; notes the repeated and trenchant criticisms made of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Environmental Audit Committees and believes that the time is now long overdue for the Government to turn fine words into effective action', instead thereof.-(Mr David Lidington.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Mark Francois: 145.

      Tellers for the Noes, Joan Ryan, Charlotte Atkins: 238.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Joan Ryan, Charlotte Atkins: 232.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mark Francois, Angela Watkinson: 141.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's commitment to sustainable development, balancing environmental, economic and social aims both domestically and globally; commends its drive to promote thriving rural economies and communities, including a vibrant food and farming sector, that protects and ensures the sustainable use of the environment, as well as contributing to productivity; applauds the launch on 12th December of the Government's Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy; further welcomes the Government's commitment in its response to the Foot and Mouth Disease Inquiry reports to a massive programme of work and reform; recognises the substantial strides the Government is making in tackling climate change, and the leading role it played at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in securing global commitments to tackle poverty through sustainable development, such as halving the number of people without access to adequate sanitation; further welcomes its focus on the sustainable and efficient use of the urban and rural environment and the need to work with business to promote the country's competitive advantage by embracing and leading internationally on green technologies, landscapes and the countryside for all to enjoy and benefit from, its commitment to animal welfare and its focus on evidence-based policy-making and science; and urges the Government to make continuing progress in advancing global environmental priorities, including radical reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, not least as part of the UK's commitment to reducing poverty and hunger in developing countries, to the World Trade Organisation, and to further cuts in carbon emissions worldwide.

6    Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [28th November] and Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That this House takes note with approval of the Government's assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report 2002 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993-(Mr Jim Murphy);

    And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred till Wednesday 18th December, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002].

7    Proceeds of Crime,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Code of Practice) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 25th November, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

8    Justice,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (Amendment of section 46(1)) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 27th November, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

9    Competition,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) (Revocation) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 21st November, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

10    Animal Health,-Ordered, That the Pet Travel Scheme (Pilot Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2850), be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Jim Murphy.)

11    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from

    (1) residents of the Epsom and Ewell area and others against the closure of Woodside Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry Unit, and

    (2) 'Consumers for Health Choice' and others against restrictions on the availability of natural health products [three Petitions],

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

12    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Jim Murphy.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till five minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till Monday 16th December.

[Adjourned at 7.55 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Constitutional Law,-Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mrs Secretary Liddell].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Education,-(1) Education (Bursaries for School Teacher Training) (England) (Revocation) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3005), dated 2nd December, and

    (2) School Companies Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2978), dated 26th November 2002

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    3    Road Traffic,-European Communities (Rights against Insurers) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3061), dated 10th December [by Act] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

Other Papers:

    4    Animals (Scientific Procedures),-Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals for Northern Ireland 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    5    Criminal Statistics,-Criminal Statistics for England and Wales for 2001 [by Command] [Cm. 5696] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    6    Culture, Media and Sport,-Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Autumn Performance Report for 2002 [Cm. 5699] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    7    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Paper, entitled Response to the Report of the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food by HM Government [by Command] [Cm. 5709] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    8    Human Fertilisation and Embryology,-Report and Accounts of the Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    9    International Labour Conference,-Paper, entitled International Labour Conference: Presentation of a Convention and Recommendation adopted at the 89th Session of the International Labour Conference (2001) and the proposed action by Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the Convention and Recommendation [by Command] [Cm. 5703] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    10    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [27th November] from residents of West Oxfordshire for an infrastructure upgrade on the Cotswold Railway Line [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    11    Registration Service,-Birth Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on births and patterns of family building in England and Wales for 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    European Parliament (Representation) Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Cash, Ms Yvette Cooper, Mr Tony Cunningham, Mr David Heath, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Gordon Marsden and Ms Angela Watkinson members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

    2    European Parliament (Representation) Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Frank Cook and David Taylor Chairmen of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill; and

    (2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Richard Bacon from Standing Committee A (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr David Ruffley.

    3    Extradition Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Bob Ainsworth, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr David Crausby, Mr Nick Hawkins, Dr Howard Stoate, Mr Derek Twigg and Ms Angela Watkinson members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

    4    Pet Travel Scheme (Pilot Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2850):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Graham Allen, Norman Baker, Kevin Brennan, Mr Bill Etherington, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr James Gray, Mr David Kidney, Mr Elliot Morley, Hugh Robertson, Mr Martin Salter, Mr Mohammad Sarwar, Geraldine Smith, Mr Andrew Turner, Mr Peter Viggers and Mr Roger Williams.

    5    Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Programming Committee),-Pursuant to Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) [28th June 2001, renewed 29th October 2002], The Speaker has appointed Mr Kevan Jones as an additional member of the Programming Committee in respect of the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Sexual Health]; to be printed [No. 69-iii] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    2    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Public Appointments and Patronage]; to be printed [No. 165-ii] [Tony Wright].

    3    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The UK and the Euro]; to be printed [No. 187-i] [Mr John McFall].


[W.H., No.10]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

    Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Gillian Merron.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday17th December.

[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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