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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 22nd January 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Transas Group Bill,-A Bill to enable the transfer to a company registered in the Republic of Ireland of the incorporations and undertakings of Transas Dataco Limited, Transas Eurasia Limited, Transas Marine Limited, Transas Technology Limited and Transas Telematics Limited; for the cesser of application to those companies of provisions of the Companies Act 1985; and for incidental purposes, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

2    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Cummings reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2003.

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

3    European Standing Committee B,-Miss Ann Widdecombe reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 8395/02, draft Council Regulation concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and in matters of parental responsibility repealing Regulation (EC) No. 1347/2000 and amending Regulation (EC) No. 44/2001 in matters relating to maintenance, and the unnumbered explanatory memoranda of 14 November 2002 and 9 January 2003 from the Lord Chancellor's Department and Scottish Executive Justice Department on the Presidency proposals for amendment of the draft Regulation; supports the underlying aim of extending the principle of mutual recognition to decisions on parental responsibility by establishing a clear and coherent set of rules for attributing jurisdiction, and putting in place arrangements for co-operation between the courts and central authorities of the Member States; considers that the proposed amendments would achieve the objectives of the United Kingdom in relation to child abduction; and welcomes the reinforcement of support for the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction whilst providing Community measures to supplement its provisions to enable enhanced European co-operation against the wrongful removal and retention of children.

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

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

    The Lords have agreed to the London Development Agency Bill, without Amendment.

5    Sunday Working (Scotland) Bill,-Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Sunday Working (Scotland) Bill be printed [Bill 16-EN].

6    Housing (Overcrowding),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision relating to the definition of household overcrowding standards and the housing needs of those living in overcrowded accommodation: And that Mr Andrew Love, Ms Oona King, Ms Karen Buck, Joan Ruddock, Mr David Kidney, Mr David Curry, Peter Bottomley and Mr Adrian Sanders do prepare and bring it in.

7    Housing (Overcrowding) Bill,-Mr Andrew Love accordingly presented a Bill to make provision relating to the definition of household overcrowding standards and the housing needs of those living in overcrowded accommodation: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 28th February and to be printed [Bill 46].

8    Adjournment (Defence in the world),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Dan Norris);

    Mr Tam Dalyell 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, That this House do now adjourn;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Bennett, David Taylor: 0.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Sue Doughty: 53.

    So the Question was negatived.

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

10    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr John Heppell.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.41 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    Proceeds of Crime,-Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Exemptions from Civil Recovery) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Other Papers:

    2    Culture, Media and Sport,-Department of Culture, Media and Sport Minute, dated 22nd January 2003, reporting contingent liabilities relating to the scheduled Titian exhibition at the National Gallery [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    3    Education and Skills,-Paper, entitled The future of higher education [by Command] [Cm. 5735] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    4    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Petition [30th October, in the last Session of Parliament] from the residents of Tewkesbury concerning doorstep recycling schemes [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    5    Resource Accounts, 2001-02,-Resource Accounts of the Department for International Development Overseas Superannuation for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 272] [Ruth Kelly].

Papers withdrawn:

    6    Proceeds of Crime,-Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Exemptions from Civil Recovery) Order 2003 [laid 16th January].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Charlotte Atkins, Virginia Bottomley, Mr Chris Bryant, Ms Karen Buck, Geraint Davies, Julia Drown, Jane Griffiths, Mr Oliver Heald, Paul Holmes, Siobhain McDonagh, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Neil Turner, Angela Watkinson, Steve Webb, Malcolm Wicks and Mr John Wilkinson.

    2    Draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle and the draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations and draft Codes to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Adrian Bailey, Norman Baker, Mr Derek Foster, Mr John Hayes, Mr Jon Owen Jones, Mr Kevan Jones, Mr David Kidney, Mr Peter Lilley, Mr Elliot Morley, Linda Perham, Mr James Plaskitt, Hugh Robertson, Mr Paul Truswell, Mr Bill Wiggin and Mr Roger Williams.

    3    Draft Planning (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Roy Beggs, Mr Stephen Byers, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Michael Clapham, Jim Dowd, Paul Flynn, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Shona McIsaac, Andrew Mackinlay, Gillian Merron, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Mr Peter Robinson, Angela Smith, Mr Hugo Swire, Mr John Taylor and Mr David Wilshire.

    4    Draft Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 and the draft Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Northern Ireland) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Paul Burstow from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Lembit Ípik.

    5    Kava-kava in Food (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3169) and the Medicines for Human Use (Kava-kava) (Prohibition) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3170):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations and Order to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Harold Best, Ms Hazel Blears, Angela Eagle, Mr Mark Field, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Doug Henderson, Mr Mark Hendrick, Tim Loughton, Mr Stephen McCabe, John McDonnell, Mr John Redwood, Dr Gavin Strang, Claire Ward and Mr Roger Williams.

    6    National Care Standards Commission (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3211) and the Domiciliary Care Agencies Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3214):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mrs Angela Browning, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Paul Burstow, Mr David Crausby, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Alan Keen, Mr Andrew Love, Rosemary McKenna, Mr Paul Marsden, Joan Ruddock, Mr Richard Shepherd, Mr Dennis Skinner, Geraldine Smith, Jacqui Smith and Mrs Betty Williams.

Grand Committees

    7    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ian Taylor from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee and nominated in substitution Mr Michael Mates.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-First Special Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Government's Reply to the Tenth Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Session 2001-02, on the Role of Defra]; to be printed [No. 340] [Mr David Curry].

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

    3    European Scrutiny,-Ninth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 63-ix] [Jim Dobbin].

    4    Northern Ireland Affairs,-(1) Third Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Police (Northern Ireland) Bill], together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 233]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Illegal Drugs Trade and Drugs Culture in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 353-i]

    [Mr Michael Mates].

    5    Procedure,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Procedures for Debates and Private Members' Bills, and the Powers of the Speaker]; to be printed [No. 333-i].

    6    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Protecting the Public from Waste]; to be printed [No. 352-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    7    Science and Technology,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [ESRC: Introductory Session]; to be printed [No. 277-i] [Dr Ian Gibson].

    8    Transport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [Overcrowding on Public Transport]; to be printed [No. 201-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    9    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [National Savings and Investments]; to be printed [No. 342-i] [Mr John McFall].

    10    Work and Pensions,-(1) First Report from the Work and Pensions Committee [The Social Security Advisory Committee], 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. 296];

    (2) Second Report from the Committee [The Committee's Work in 2002]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 297]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Future of UK Pensions]; to be printed [No. 92-v]

    [Sir Archy Kirkwood].

[W.H., No. 20]

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 Jim Murphy.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.29 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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