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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 4th February 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-Mr Joe Benton reported from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee, that it had considered the draft Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, referred to it on 23rd January 2003.

2    Criminal Justice Bill,-Mr James Cran reported from Standing Committee B, that it had agreed the following Resolution in respect of the Criminal Justice Bill:

    That the Standing Committee recommends that the programme order of 4th December in relation to the Criminal Justice Bill be amended as follows-

      In paragraph 2 of the order, for '27th February' there is substituted '4th March'.

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

3    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Bill Olner reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, the draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle and the draft code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs.

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

4    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Planning (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003.

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

5    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Miss Anne Begg reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 2003.

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

6    Sex Discrimination in Private Clubs,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the prevention of sex discrimination in relation to membership of, or the benefits, facilities and services afforded by, clubs and other private associations: And that Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Robert Walter, Jim Knight, John Robertson, Siobhain McDonagh, Mr David Drew, Chris Mole, Ms Candy Atherton, Mr Richard Allan, Annette Brooke, Joan Ruddock and Mr Simon Thomas do prepare and bring it in.

7    Sex Discrimination in Private Clubs Bill,-Mr Parmjit Dhanda accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for the prevention of sex discrimination in relation to membership of, or the benefits, facilities and services afforded by, clubs and other private associations: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 14th March and to be printed [Bill 53].

8    House of Lords Reform (No. 1),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House approves Option 1 (fully appointed) in the First Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform (House of Commons Paper No. 171)-(Mr Robin Cook);

    An Amendment ((b)) was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'declines to approve Option 1 as it does not accord with the principle of a unicameral Parliament', instead thereof-(Mr George Howarth);

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Dan Norris: 172.

      Tellers for the Noes, Charlotte Atkins, Mr Phil Woolas: 390.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Phil Woolas, Charlotte Atkins: 245.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dan Norris, Gillian Merron: 323.

    So the Question was negatived.

    It being after Five o'clock, the Deputy Speaker proceeded to put the remaining Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings to be concluded at that hour, pursuant to Order [30th January].

9    House of Lords Reform (No. 2),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [30th January], That this House approves Option 2 (fully elected) in the First Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform (House of Commons Paper No. 171)-(Mr Robin Cook);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dan Norris, Charlotte Atkins: 272.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Phil Woolas, Gillian Merron: 289.

    So the Question was negatived.

10    House of Lords Reform (No. 3),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [30th January], That this House approves Option 3 (80 per cent. appointed/20 per cent. elected) in the First Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform (House of Commons Paper No. 171)-(Mr Robin Cook):-It was negatived.

11    House of Lords Reform (No. 4),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [30th January], That this House approves Option 4 (80 per cent. elected/20 per cent. appointed) in the First Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform (House of Commons Paper No. 171)-(Mr Robin Cook);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dan Norris, Charlotte Atkins: 281.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Phil Woolas, Gillian Merron: 284.

    So the Question was negatived.

12    House of Lords Reform (No. 5),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [30th January], That this House approves Option 5 (60 per cent. appointed/40 per cent. elected) in the First Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform (House of Commons Paper No. 171)-(Mr Robin Cook):-It was negatived.

13    House of Lords Reform (No. 6),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [30th January], That this House approves Option 6 (60 per cent. elected/40 per cent. appointed) in the First Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform (House of Commons Paper No. 171)-(Mr Robin Cook);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dan Norris, Charlotte Atkins: 253.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Phil Woolas, Gillian Merron: 316.

    So the Question was negatived.

14    House of Lords Reform (No. 7),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [30th January], That this House approves Option 7 (50 per cent. appointed/50 per cent. elected) in the First Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform (House of Commons Paper No. 171)-(Mr Robin Cook):-It was negatived.

15    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

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

    (2) local convenience shop owners and others for a competition inquiry into the proposed merger between Tesco and T&S Stores

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

16    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

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

[Adjourned at 6.57 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    Climate Change Levy,-Draft Climate Change Levy (Use as Fuel) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [John Healey].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Social Security,-Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 193), dated 4th February 2003 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

    3    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister,-Government's Response to the First Report of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Select Committee Report of Session 2002-03: Local Government Finance: Formula Grant Distribution [by Command] [Cm. 5753] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Industrial Levy (Construction Board) Order 2003 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged David Rendel from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Brian Cotter.

    2    Draft Planning (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Stephen Byers and Andrew Mackinlay from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Clive Efford and Christine Russell.

    3    Draft Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Clive Efford from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Graham Stringer.

    4    Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Eddie McGrady from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Seamus Mallon.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Foreign Affairs,-(1) Third Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign Affairs Committee Annual Report 2002]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 404];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism]; to be printed [No. 405-i]

    [Donald Anderson].

    2    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Asylum and Immigration: Removals]; to be printed [No. 381-ii] [Mr Chris Mullin].

    3    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Trade and Development: Aspects of the Doha Agenda]; to be printed [No. 400-i] [Tony Baldry].

    4    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Second Special Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Government Response to the First Report of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee, Session 2002-03 (Local Government Finance: Formula Grant Distribution)]; to be printed [No. 406]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Planning for Sustainable Housing and Communities]; to be printed [No. 77-iii]

    [Andrew Bennett].

    5    Scottish Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Homeworkers in Scotland and the Minimum Wage]; to be printed [No. 335-iii] [Mrs Irene Adams].

    6    Select Committees (Choice of Chairman),-Mr A. J. Beith reported from the Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department, That he had been chosen as Chairman of the Committee.

    7    Standards and Privileges,-Second Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Eighth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life: "Standards of Conduct in the House of Commons"]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 403] [Sir George Young].

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

    9    Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [The Work of Oftel]; to be printed [No. 402-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    10    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The UK and the Euro]; to be printed [No. 187-vii] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 25]

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 Phil Woolas.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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