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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 3rd February 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Miss Ann Widdecombe reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003.

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

2    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Disclosure of Information) Order 2003, the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Exemptions from Civil Recovery) Order 2003 and the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: Code of Practice) Order 2003.

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

3    European Parliament (Representation) Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the European Parliament (Representation) Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Duty to consult)-(Mr David Heath)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Richard Younger-Ross, Tom Brake: 177.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Joan Ryan: 288.

    Amendment (No. 21) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 23, to leave out the words 'any change or anticipated change under Community law in' and insert the words 'ARTICLE 2 of Protocol A. Protocol annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaties establishing the European Communities as respects', instead thereof.-(Mr William Cash.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Hugh Robertson, Mr Desmond Swayne: 176.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Derek Twigg: 287.

    Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 27, to leave out subsection (4) and insert the words-

    '(4) In determining what recommendation to make for the distribution of any total number of MEPs, the Electoral Commission must ensure that-

      (a) each electoral region (other than Northern Ireland) is allocated at least four MEPs;

      (b) Northern Ireland is allocated at least three MEPs; and

      (c) the ratio of electors to MEPs is as nearly as possible the same in each electoral region.', instead thereof.-(Mr David Heath.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Bob Russell, Tom Brake: 43.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dan Norris, Mr Jim Murphy: 424.

    Another Amendment (No. 3) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 29, at the end, to insert the words-

      '(aa) Scotland is allocated at least eight MEPs;

      (ab) Wales is allocated at least five MEPs; and'.-(Angus Robertson.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Simon Thomas, Pete Wishart: 10.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dan Norris, Mr Jim Murphy: 453.

    Amendments (Nos. 8 and 9) made to the Bill.

    It being Nine o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [10th December], put the Question on the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown.

    Amendments (Nos. 10 to 20) made to the Bill.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

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 Audit and Accountability (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 19th December, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

5    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 Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 7th January, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

6    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 Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 7th January, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

7    Mutual Recognition of Financial Penalties,-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 Nos. 11079/02 and 14664/02, draft Framework Decision on mutual recognition of financial penalties; and supports the Goverment's efforts to secure agreement to this Framework Decision-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

8    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Fraser Kemp);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

9    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Ivor Caplin);

    And the Motion having been made at Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 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    Local Government Finance,-(1) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 112) on Special Grants for Local e-Government Programme [by Act]; to be printed [No. 372];

    (2) Local Government Finance (England) Report 2001-02: Amending Report 2003 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 370]; and

    (3) Local Government Finance (England) Report 2003-04 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 369]

    [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    2    Police,-Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2003-04 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 270] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,-Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Video Recording of Interviews) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    4    Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,-Gaming (Variation of Monetary Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2003 (S.R. (N.I.) 2003, No. 15), dated 10th January 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    5    Children and Young Persons,-Adoption (Amendment) Rules 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 183), dated 31st January 2003 [by Act] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

    6    Family Proceedings,-Family Proceedings (Amendment) Rules 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 184), dated 28th January 2003 [by Act] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

    7    Proceeds of Crime,-(1) Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Application of Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 174),

    (2) Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Crown Servants) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 173),

    (3) Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Failure to Disclose Money Laundering: Specified Training) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 171),

    (4) Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Financial Threshold for Civil Recovery) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 175), and

    (5) Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 172),

    dated 29th January 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    8    Social Security,-Social Security (Overlapping Benefits) Amendment Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 136), dated 28th January 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    9    Supreme Court of England and Wales,-Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 185), dated 28th January 2003 [by Act] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

Other Papers:

    10    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on PFI: Construction Performance [by Act]; to be printed [No. 371] [Clerk of the House].

    11    Pensions,-Accounts of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 391] [Clerk of the House].

    12    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the-

    (1) Clacton and Harwich Education Action Zone, and

    (2) Derbyshire North East Coalfields Education Action Zone

    for 2001-02, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 379 and 380] [Clerk of the House].

    13    Transport,-Department for Transport Minute, dated 3rd February 2003, concerning proposed contingent liabilities in support of the Strategic Rail Authority [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Planning (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Jim Dowd and Gillian Merron from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Charlotte Atkins and Colin Burgon.

    2    Draft Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr James Plaskitt and Mr Robert N. Wareing from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Jim Dowd and Mr Terry Lewis.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000]; to be printed [No. 394] [Paddy Tipping].

    2    Human Rights,-Fourth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [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. 397] [Kevin McNamara].

    3    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Effectiveness of Government Regeneration Initiatives]; to be printed [No. 76-v] [Andrew Bennett]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Committee [The Evening Economy and the Urban Renaissance]; to be printed [No. 396-II] [Mr Clive Betts].

    4    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [HM Customs and Excise Accounts 2001-02 Standard Report]; to be printed [No. 398-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].



 
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