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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 27th January 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Aviation (Offences) Bill,-Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes to the Aviation (Offences) Bill be printed [Bill 23-EN].

2    Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill,-The Order of the Day being read for the second reading of the Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill;

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Dan Norris: 314.

      Tellers for the Noes, Hugh Robertson, Mr Desmond Swayne: 167.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

3    Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That at this day's sitting the Motion relating to Select Committees in the name of Mr Robin Cook may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour-(Mr John Heppell):-It was agreed to.

4    Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) 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 Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill:

    Committal

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

Proceedings in Committee, on Report and on Third Reading

    2.-(1) Proceedings in Committee, any proceedings on consideration and proceedings on Third Reading shall be completed at one day's sitting.

    (2) Proceedings in Committee, and any 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.

    (3) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

Other proceedings

    3. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords amendments or any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.-(Mr John Heppell);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Dan Norris:311.

      Tellers for the Noes, Hugh Robertson, Mr Desmond Swayne: 167.

    So the Question was agreed to.

5    Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) 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 Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred with the approval of the Treasury by the Secretary of State with a view to or in connection with-

      (a) the provision by the Secretary of State of financial assistance to British Energy plc or any company which either is or immediately before the passing of the Act was a subsidiary of British Energy plc (within the meaning of the Companies Act 1985);

      (b) the acquisition by the Secretary of State or his nominee or by a Crown company of-

    (i) any securities of any of those companies;

    (ii) any part of the undertaking or assets of any of those companies;

      (c) the carrying on of any undertaking acquired as mentioned in paragraph (b)(ii) or any undertaking using assets so acquired; and

    (2) any increase in the sums payable out of money so provided under Schedule 12 to the Electricity Act 1989 which is attributable to the repeal by the Bill of paragraph 4 of that Schedule or to any other amendment of that Schedule-(Mr John Heppell):-It was agreed to.

6    Select Committees,-Ordered, That-

    (1) Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to Government departments) be amended as follows:

    In the Table

    Item 7, column 2, leave out from 'Office;' to 'and administration' in line 7 of that item;

    After item 8 insert-

    'Lord Chancellor's Department

    Lord Chancellor's Department (including the work of staff provided for the administrative work of courts and tribunals, but excluding consideration of individual cases and appointments)

    11';

      and

      (2) the Order of 5th November 2001 relating to Liaison Committee (Membership) be amended as follows: Paragraph (2), after 'International Development' insert 'Lord Chancellor's Department'.-(Mr John Heppell.)

    7    Recognition and Enforcement of Judgements in Matrimonial Matters and in Matters of Parental Responsibility,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House 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-(Mr John Heppell):-It was agreed to.

    8    Constitutional Law,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 12th December, be approved-(Mr John Heppell):-It was agreed to.

    9    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 Commissioner for Children and Young People (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 18th December, be approved-(Mr John Heppell):-It was agreed to.

    10    Science and Technology,-Ordered, That Mr Mark Hoban be discharged from the Science and Technology Committee and Mr Robert Key be added to the Committee.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

    11    Treasury,-Ordered, That Kali Mountford be discharged from the Treasury Committee and Angela Eagle be added to the Committee.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

    12    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.

    13    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Charlotte Atkins.)

      And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till seventeen minutes to midnight, adjourned till to-morrow.

    [Adjourned at 11.43 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 delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 24th January 2003 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

      1    Trade and Industry,-Department of Trade and Industry Minute, dated 24th January 2003, concerning a proposed contingent liability in the event of the administration of a British Energy Company [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

      2    Treaty Series (No. 2, 2003), Agreement, done at Seattle on 30th November 1999, establishing the Advisory Centre on WTO Law [by Command] [Cm. 5736] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 24th January 2003 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

    Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

      3    Government Trading Funds,-ABRO Trading Fund (Amendment) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 105), dated 23rd January 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

      4    London Government,-(1) Road User Charging (Charges and Penalty Charges) (London) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 109), dated 24th January 2003, and

      (2) Road User Charging (Enforcement and Adjudication) (London) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 108), dated 23rd January 2003

      [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

      5    Road Traffic,-(1) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (District of Bath and North East Somerset) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 95), dated 23rd January 2003, and

      (2) Road User Charging and Workplace Parking Levy (Net Proceeds) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 110), dated 24th January 2003

      [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 27th January 2003:

    Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

      6    Agriculture,-Common Agricultural Policy (Wine) (England and Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 114), dated 27th January 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

      7    Electronic Communications,-Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) (Extension) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 115), dated 24th January 2003 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

      8    Police,-(1) Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 116), and

      (2) Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Welsh Language) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 117),

      dated 21st January 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    Other Papers:

      9    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on New IT systems for Magistrates' Courts: the Libra project [by Act]; to be printed [No. 327] [Clerk of the House].

      10    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the-

      (1) Birmingham (Kitts End and Sharp End) Education Action Zone for 2001-02,

      (2) Camborne Pool Redruth Education Action Zone for 2001-02,

      (3) Hamilton Oxford Education Action Zone for 2001-02,

      (4) Middlesbrough Education Action Zone for 2000-01,

      (5) Newham Education Action Zone for 2001-02,

      (6) North Somerset (Weston-Super-Mare) Education Action Zone for 2000-01,

      (7) Preston Education Action Zone Account for 1st April to 30th November 2002, and

      (8) Stoke Education Action Zone for 2001-02,

      with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349 and 350] [Clerk of the House].

    APPENDIX II

    Standing Committees

      1    Draft Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Charlotte Atkins, Mr Roy Beggs, Colin Burgon, Clive Efford, Mr Mark Fisher, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Jane Kennedy, Shona McIsaac, Mr John Maples, Lembit Ípik, Syd Rapson, Mr Mark Simmonds, Mr John Taylor, Mr Robert N. Wareing and Mr David Wilshire from the First Standing Committee on Delegated legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order).

      2    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 Mrs Jackie Lawrence from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Ms Debra Shipley.

    APPENDIX III

    Reports from Select Committees

      1    Education and Skills,-(1) First Report from the Education and Skills Committee [The Work of the Committee in 2002]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 359]; and

      (2) First Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Education and Skills Committee, Session 2001-02]; to be printed [No. 362]

      [Mr Barry Sheerman].

      2    Human Rights,-(1) Second Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Criminal Justice Bill]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 374]; and

      (2) Third Report from the Committee [Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 375]

      [Jean Corston].

      3    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Third Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Affordable Housing], 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. 75-I];

      (2) Fourth Report from the Committee [Planning, Competitiveness and Productivity], 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. 114-I]; and

      (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Departmental Annual Report and Estimates 2002]; to be printed [No. 78-ii]

      [Mr Andrew Bennett].

      4    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Using call centres to deliver public services]; to be printed [No. 373-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

      5    Transport,-Appendix to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee on 18th December 2002 [London Underground PPP: New Developments]; to be printed [No.200-i][Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    CORRIGENDUM

      In the Votes and Proceedings for the dates mentioned below, the House of Commons Paper numbers relating to the Trade and Industry Committee's inquiries into Trade with China and Taiwan and into Radio Spectrum Management should be transposed, as follows:

      Tuesday 26th November, Appendix III, Item 6(2), for '[Nos. 128-i and 129-i]' read '[Nos. 129-i and 128-i]';

      Wednesday 27th November, Appendix III, Item 7, for '[No. 128-ii]' read '[No. 129-ii]';

      Wednesday 4th December, Appendix III, Item 6, for '[No. 129-ii]' read '[No. 128-ii]';

      Tuesday 17th December, Appendix III, Item 10(1), for '[No. 129]' read '[No. 128]'.



     
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