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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 17th December 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    Regulatory Reform,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolution:

    That the draft Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licencing) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 17th December, should be approved.

The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.

2    European Standing Committee B,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 9759/02, Commission Communication on the activities and human resources of the Commission in the enlarged European Union; supports the Government's position that the details of the Communication are timely and that the Commission's commitment to reconsider reassessment prior to each preliminary draft budget is welcome; welcomes the Government's emphasis on the importance of keeping to the Berlin financial agreement; and supports the Government's aim of working to ensure the necessary resources are made available within the agreed ceilings.

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

3    Royal Assent,-The Deputy Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts, agreed upon by both Houses:

    Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Act 2002

    Appropriation (No. 2) Act 2002.

4    Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill;

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill because it fails to set out a planning framework; it introduces the concept of regional spatial strategies, taking power away from local authorities, particularly county councils; it creates an unclear mechanism of local development documents, principles, frameworks and strategies; it fails adequately to specify how the public will be involved in the consultation on these documents; it provides for the concept of the correction of errors, which would encourage poor decision-making; it abolishes outline planning permission, thus failing to provide applicants for planning permission with certainty; it fails to clarify the position on planning gains and obligations; and it does not adequately deal with the public expenditure implications of the revised compensation payments', instead thereof.-(Mr Eric Pickles.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mrs Cheryl Gillan: 184.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Jim Murphy: 321.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Jim Murphy: 320.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mrs Cheryl Gillan: 182.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

5    Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002], That the following provisions shall apply to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill:

Committal

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 28th January 2003.

    3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

    6. Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

    7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed-(Gillian Merron);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Jim Murphy, Mr Nick Ainger: 353.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mrs Cheryl Gillan: 142.

    So the Question was agreed to.

6    Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill [Money];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill, it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

      (a) any expenses of the Secretary of State in making grants in connection with the provision of advice in relation to the planning Acts; and

      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment;

    (2) the payment into the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment-(Gillian Merron);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Jim Murphy: 329.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mrs Cheryl Gillan: 130.

    So the Question was agreed to.

7    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. 109) (House of Commons Paper No. 15) on Special Grant for addressing the costs of EC Regulation 2037/00 on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Disposal of Refrigeration Equipment) 2002, a copy of which was laid before this House on 14th November, be approved-(Gillian Merron):-It was agreed to.

8    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 Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 4th December, be approved-(Gillian Merron):-It was agreed to.

9    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) Angela Norman and others against restrictions on the availability of natural health products, and

    (2) Brighton and Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign for an embargo on British arms exports to Israel

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

10    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from 'Consumers for Health Choice' and others against restrictions on the availability of natural health products [two Petitions] were presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

11    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Gillian Merron.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.24 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    Regulatory Reform,-Draft Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2002, together with a statement by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Environmental Protection,-(1) Air Quality Limit Values (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3117), and

    (2) National Emission Ceilings Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3118),

    dated 16th December 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    3    Family Law,-Child Support Appeals (Jurisdiction of Courts) Order (Northern Ireland) 2002 (S.R. (N.I.), 2002, No. 391), dated 16th December 2002 [by Statutory Instrument] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

    4    Immigration,-Withholding and Withdrawal of Support (Travel Assistance and Temporary Accommodation) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3078), dated 13th December 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    5    Libraries,-Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variations) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3123), dated 14th December 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    6    National Lottery,-National Lottery (Licence Fees) (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3124), dated 16th December 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    7    Race Relations,-Race Relations Act 1976 (General Statutory Duty: Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3111), dated 16th December 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    8    Social Security,-Social Security Contributions (Decisions and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3120), dated 16th December 2002 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

    9    Tax Credits,-Tax Credits (Notice of Appeal) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3119), dated 17th December 2002 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

    10    2002 Spending Review,-Paper, entitled Departmental Investment Strategies: A Summary [by Command] [Cm. 5674] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    11    Coroners,-Hertfordshire (Coroners' Districts) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3084), dated 16th December 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    12    Defence,-Departmental Minute, dated 17th December 2002, concerning a Contingent Liability following the sale of a minority stake in Qinetiq to the Carlyle Group [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    13    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [26th November] of residents of East Hertfordshire, North and West Essex and the surrounding communities against the construction of further runways at Stansted Airport [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    14    Registration Service,-Mortality Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on deaths by cause, sex and age in England and Wales for 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    15    Scotland Office,-Resource Accounts of the Scotland Office for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 52] [Ruth Kelly].

    16    Work and Pensions,-Paper, entitled Simplicity, security and choice: Working and saving for retirement [by Command] [Cm. 5677] [Mr Secretary Smith].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Communications Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood an additional Chairman of Standing Committee E in respect of the Communications Bill.

    2    Hunting Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mrs Marion Roe and Mr George Stevenson Chairmen of Standing Committee F in respect of the Hunting Bill.

    3    Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr David Amess and Mr Peter Pike Chairmen of Standing Committee G in respect of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill.

    4    Draft National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Increase of Endowment) Order,-The Speaker has appointed Miss Ann Widdecombe Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order).

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Tourism]; to be printed [No. 65-iii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-Second Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [The Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism], 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. 196]; [Donald Anderson].

    3    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [CDC Capital Partners]; to be printed [No. 194-i] [Tony Baldry].

    4    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 11th December [Control of Firearms in Northern Ireland and the Draft Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2002] and 17th December [Forensic Science Northern Ireland]; to be printed [Nos. 67-iv and 204-i] [Mr Michael Mates].

    5    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) First Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Local Government Finance: Formula Grant Distribution], with the 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. 164-I]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Planning, Competitiveness and Productivity]; to be printed [No. 114-ii]

    [Andrew Bennett].

    6    Regulatory Reform,-Fourth Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Draft Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2002], to be printed , with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 193] [Mr Peter Pike].

    7    Scottish Affairs Committee,-(1) First Report from the Scottish Affairs Committee [The Work of the Scottish Affairs Committee in 2002]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 197];

    (2) First Special Report from the Committee [Scotland Office Expenditure]; to be printed [No. 198]; and

    (3) Second Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, Session 2001-02, on Employment in Shipbuilding on the Clyde]; to be printed [No. 199]

    [Mrs Irene Adams].

    8    Standards and Privileges,-First Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr Nigel Griffths], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 195] [Sir George Young].

    9    Statutory Instruments,-Fifth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 96-v] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    10    Trade and Industry,-(1) Third Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Radio Spectrum Management], together with Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee, and Appendices thereto; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 129]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Biotechnology]; to be printed [No. 87-ii]

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    11    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Pre-Budget Report 2002]; to be printed [No. 159-iii] [Mr John McFall].

    12    Welsh Affairs,-Second Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Transport in Wales], 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. 205] [Mr Martyn Jones].

[W.H., No. 11]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Ivor Caplin.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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