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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 18th December 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    Private Bill Petitions,-The Speaker laid upon the Table a Report from the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the case of the Petitions for the following Bills, the Standing Orders have been complied with:

    Hereford Markets

    Nottingham City Council

    Transas Group.

2    European Standing Committee A,-Mr Bill Olner reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 5129/02, draft Regulation establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to air passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delays of flights, and No. 13312/02, European Parliament Amendments to the draft Regulation; and supports the Government's objective to achieve enhanced passenger protection but without imposing significant new burdens on the airline industry.

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

3    Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill;

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 90 (Second reading committees), That the Bill be now read a second time:-It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to the Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills, pursuant to Standing Order No. 60 (Tax law rewrite bills).

4    Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill [Ways and Means],-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 Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill, it is expedient to authorise any incidental or consequential charges to tax which may arise from provisions restating, with minor changes, certain enactments relating to income tax on employment income, pension income and social security income-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

5    Regulatory Reform,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 18 (Consideration of draft regulatory reform orders), That the draft Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 17th December, be approved-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

6    Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Programme) (No. 2),-Ordered, That, in accordance with the Resolution of the Programming Committee of 12th December 2002 and pursuant to the Programme Order of 26th November 2002 relating to the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Clauses Nos. 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-

ProceedingsTime for conclusion of proceedings
Clause 1two and a half hours after the commencement of any proceedings on a motion relating to the Resolution
Clause 2five hours after the commencement of such proceedings
Clause 3five and a half hours after the commencement of such proceedings
Clause 4six hours after the commencement of such proceedings

    -(Mr Nick Raynsford.)

7    Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Clauses Nos. 1 to 4),-The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Clauses Nos. 1 to 4).

    (In the Committee)

    Clause No. 1 (Referendums).

    Amendment (No. 45) proposed, in page 1, line 5, at the beginning, to insert the words 'Subject to subsection (3)'.-(Mr Philip Hammond.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

8    Deferred Divisions,-The Chairman announced the results of the Division which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Orders of the House [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002]:

    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 Pre-Budget Report 2002 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

      Ayes: 275.

      Noes: 153.

    So the Question was agreed to.

9    Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill,-Question again proposed, That the Amendment (No. 45) be made.

    And it being two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to the Resolution of the Programming Committee on the Bill, the Chairman put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day].

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Mark Francois: 135.

      Tellers for the Noes, Joan Ryan, Derek Twigg: 352.

    The Chairman then put forthwith the Question on an Amendment which had been selected for separate Division.

    Another Amendment (No. 34) proposed, in page 1, line 13, to leave out subsection (5).-(Mr Edward Davey.)

    Question put, that the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Tom Brake, Mr David Chidgey: 47.

      Tellers for the Noes, Derek Twigg, Joan Ryan: 310.

    The Chairman then put the remaining Question which he was required to put at that hour.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 2 (Referendum question).

    Amendment (No. 39) proposed, in page 2, line 20, to leave out from the beginning to the end of line 22 and insert the words 'Any order made pursuant to section 1 shall direct the Electoral Commission to determine the question or questions to be put in the referendum.'.-(Mr Philip Hammond.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

    And it being five hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to the Resolution of the Programming Committee on the Bill, the Chairman put the Question.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Mark Francois: 172.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Gillian Merron: 296.

    The Chairman then put the remaining Question which she was required to put at that hour.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 3 (Entitlement to vote).

    Amendment (No. 48) proposed, in page 2, line 36, to leave out from the word 'at' to the second word 'the' in line 37 and insert the words 'a parliamentary election in any parliamentary constituency, any part of which falls within the region and his address on the electoral register falls within'.-(Mr Philip Hammond.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

    And it being five and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to the Resolution of the Programming Committee on the Bill, the Chairman proceeded to put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on Clause No. 3.

    Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 4 (Referendum period).

    Amendment (No. 47) proposed, in page 3, line 7, at the end, to add the words 'after taking account of the advice of the Electoral Commission as to the period required for the proper conduct of the referendum having regard to all relevant circumstances'.-(Mr Philip Hammond.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Clause agreed to.

    Bill (Clauses Nos. 1 to 4) to be reported.


    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr Jim Murphy reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill (Clauses Nos. 1 to 4) to lie upon the Table.

10    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

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

    (2) residents of South West Bedfordshire for provision of affordable credit

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

11    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 the Rugby area against the construction of an airport at Rugby

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

12    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Jim Murphy);

    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 nineteen minutes to Twelve o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.41 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    Northern Ireland,-Draft Commissioner for Children and Young People (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Education,-Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3112), dated 10th December 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    3    Immigration,-Asylum Support (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3110), dated 16th December 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    4    Income Tax,-Individual Savings Account (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3158), dated 18th December 2002 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    5    Northern Ireland,-Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Prescribed Documents) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3126), dated 17th December 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    6    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3128), dated 16th December 2002 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

    7    Culture, Media and Sport,-Report and Accounts of The Royal Parks for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 232] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    8    Defence Executive Agencies,-Reports and Accounts for 2001-02 of-

    (1) the Medical Supplies Agency, and

    (2) the Naval Recruiting and Training Agency

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 206 and 58] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    9    Export of Works of Art,-Report of the Reviewing Committee on Export of Works of Art for 2001-02 [by Command] [Cm. 5662] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    10    Resource Accounts, 2001-02,-Resource Accounts for 2001-02 of-

    (1) the Crown Estate, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No.181] [Ruth Kelly], and

    (2) the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development (Northern Ireland), with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Command]; to be printed [No. 16] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    11    Treasury Executive Agencies,-National Savings and Investments Product Accounts for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 141] [Ruth Kelly].

    12    Treaty Series (No. 55, 2002),-Amendments to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, adopted by the Ninth meeting of the Parties at Montreal on 17th September 1997 and at the Eleventh meeting of the Parties at Beijing on 3rd December 1999 [by Command] [Cm. 5725] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Hunting Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee F, and has appointed Mrs Marion Roe and Mr George Stevenson Chairmen; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated thirty-two Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Nick Ainger, Ms Candy Atherton, Mr Tony Banks, Gregory Barker, Peter Bradley, Mr Russell Brown, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Adrian Flook, Mr Michael Foster, Mr Edward Garnier, Andrew George, Mr James Gray, Mr John Gummer, Mr Mike Hall, Paul Holmes, Mr Peter Luff, Judy Mallaber, Rob Marris, Mr Eric Martlew, Alun Michael, Mr Elliot Morley, Lembit Ípik, Diana Organ, Albert Owen, Mr Colin Pickthall, Mr Andy Reed, Mr Nicholas Soames, Mr Hugo Swire, Mark Tami, Paddy Tipping, Dr Alan Whitehead and Hywel Williams.

    2    Hunting Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Nick Ainger, Peter Bradley, Mr James Gray, Mr Peter Luff, Alun Michael, Lembit Ípik and Mr Colin Pickthall members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.

    3    Hunting Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Andrew George a member of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill in place of Lembit Ípik.

    4    Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee G, and has appointed Mr David Amess and Mr Peter Pike Chairmen; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Sir Paul Beresford, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Huw Edwards, Barbara Follett, Dr Hywel Francis, Matthew Green, Mr Ivan Henderson, Mr Tom Levitt, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Mr Tony McNulty, Dan Norris, Mrs Barbara Roche, Mr Don Touhig, Mr David Wilshire and David Wright.

    5    Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Matthew Green, Mr Tom Levitt, Mr Tony McNulty, Dan Norris, Mr David Wilshire and David Wright members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee G in respect of the Bill.

    6    Draft National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Increase of Endowment) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Miss Ann Widdecombe Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Virginia Bottomley, Mr Richard Caborn, Mr Ben Chapman, Tom Cox, Mr David Drew, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Mr Mark Hoban, Kate Hoey, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Malcolm Moss, Dr Andrew Murrison, Mr David Rendel, Bob Russell, Jim Sheridan, Geraldine Smith and Keith Vaz.

European Standing Committees

    7    European Union Document No. 13789/02, relating to quality of bathing water, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

    8    European Union Document No. 14205/02, relating to allocation of slots at Community airports, has been referred to European Standing Committee A, together with European Union Document No. 10288/01, already referred to the Committee on 3rd July.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Legacy Pension and Compensation Issues]; to be printed [No. 188-i] [Mr Bruce George].

    2    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Work of the Department for Education and Skills]; to be printed [No. 177-ii] [Valerie Davey].

    3    Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Winning the war on Waste]; to be printed [No. 99-i] [Mr John Horam].

    4    European Scrutiny,-(1) Fifth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 63-v]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Copenhagen European Council]; to be printed [No. 231-i]

    [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    5    International Development,-Memoranda laid before the International Development Committee [CDC Capital Partners] [Tony Baldry].

    6    Northern Ireland Affairs,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 12th December [The Policing (Northern Ireland) Bill and related proposals]; to be printed [No. 233-i]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Forensic Science Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 204-ii]

    [Mr Michael Mates].

    7    Public Accounts,-Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [PFI refinancing update]; to be printed [No. 203-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    8    Transport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [London Underground PPP: New Developments]; to be printed [No. 200-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    9    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Regional Spending]; to be printed [No. 234-i] [Mr John McFall].


[W.H., No. 12]

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.-(Dan Norris.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.57 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker




 
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