House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 2002 - 03
Publications on the internet

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 6th February 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Communications Bill,-Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee E, That it had agreed the following Resolution in respect of the Communications Bill:

    That the Standing Committee recommends that the Order of the House of 3rd December 2002 (Communications Bill (Programme)) be varied as follows.

    Consideration and Third Reading

    (1) Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order (Consideration and Third Reading) shall be omitted.

    (2) Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be concluded in two days.

    (3) Proceedings on consideration shall be taken on each of the days as shown in the first column of the following Table and shall be taken in the order so shown, and each part of the proceedings shall (if not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the second column of the Table.

TABLE

ProceedingsTime for conclusion of
First day
New Clauses relating to Parts 3 and 4, new Schedules relating to Parts 3 and 4, Amendments relating to Clauses in Parts 3 and 4 and Amendments relating to Schedules 9 to 15The moment of interruption
Second day
Remaining new Clauses, remaining new Schedules, Amendments relating to Clauses in Parts 1, 2, 5 and 6, Amendments relating to Schedules 1 to 8, Amendments relating to Schedules 16 to 19 and remaining proceedings on considerationOne hour before the moment of interruption.

    (4) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the second of those days.

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

    2    Communications Bill,-Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee E, That it had gone through the Communications Bill and made Amendments thereunto.

      Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 55].

      Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 408].

    3    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-Sir Nicholas Winterton reported from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee, that it had considered the draft Budget (Northern Ireland) Order, referred to it on 30th January.

    4    Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill,-The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.

    (In the Committee)

      Clause No. 1 (Expenditure relating to British Energy p.l.c.).

      Amendment (No. 12) proposed, in page 1, line 5, to leave out paragraph (a).-(Dr Vincent Cable.)

      Question put, That the Amendment be made.

      The Committee divided.

        Tellers for the Ayes, Tom Brake, Mr Alan Reid: 168.

        Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Dan Norris: 302.

      Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 1, line 7, to leave out paragraphs (b) and (c).-(Mr Crispin Blunt.)

      Question put, That the Amendment be made.

      The Committee divided.

        Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Laurence Robertson, Angela Watkinson: 154.

        Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Charlotte Atkins: 309.

      Clause agreed to.

      Clause No. 2 agreed to.

      Clause No. 3 (Amendment of Schedule 12 to the Electricity Act 1989).

      Amendment (No. 18) proposed, in page 2, line 26, to leave out from the word 'schedule)' to the end of line 28 and insert the words 'is amended, such that the upper limit on "qualifying expenditure", as defined in the Schedule, is raised to a total of 3,500 million, subject to provisions that the Secretary of State shall make reports annually to both Houses of Parliament detailing the scale of-

        (a) any such "qualifying expenditure" which has been made; and

        (b) any such "qualifying expenditure" which is anticipated,'.-(Mr Andrew Stunell.)

      Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

      And it being Five o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [27th January], put the Question already proposed from the Chair.

      The Committee divided.

        Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Laurence Robertson, Angela Watkinson: 158.

        Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Charlotte Atkins: 295.

      The Chairman then proceeded to put the remaining Questions necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour.

      Clause agreed to.

      Clause No. 4 (Undertakings to make grants under Schedule 12 to be disregarded for tax purposes).

      Amendment (No. 19) made.

      Clause, as amended, agreed to.

      Clause No. 5 agreed to.

      Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill, as amended, to the House.

    --------

      The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Derek Twigg reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and had made an Amendment thereunto.

      The House, according to Order [27th January], proceeded to consider the Bill, as amended in the Committee.

      A Motion was made, and Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time;

      And it being Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [27th January];

      The House divided.

        Tellers for the Ayes, Charlotte Atkins, Jim Fitzpatrick: 274.

        Tellers for the Noes, Mr Laurence Robertson, Angela Watkinson: 157.

      So the Question was agreed to.

      The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

    5    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at the sitting on Wednesday 12th February, opposition business may be proceeded with, notwithstanding paragraph (2)(c)(i) of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), for three hours or until Four o'clock, whichever is later, and proceedings shall then lapse if not previously concluded.-(Mr Phil Woolas.)

    6    Criminal Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 2),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002], That in accordance with the Resolution of the Standing Committee of 4th February 2003, the programme order of 4th December 2002 in relation to the Criminal Justice Bill shall be amended by the substitution in paragraph (2) (time for conclusion of proceedings in Standing Committee) for the words '27th February' of the words '4th March'-(Mr Phil Woolas):-It was agreed to.

    7    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Phil Woolas);

      And the Motion having been made after Six 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 eighteen minutes to Seven o'clock, till to-morrow.

    [Adjourned at 6.42 p.m.

    Michael J. Martin
    Speaker


    Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Nine o'clock.


    APPENDIX I

    Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

    Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

      1    Government Resources and Accounts,-(1) Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Examinations by Comptroller and Auditor General) Order 2003, and

      (2) draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Rights of Access of Comptroller and Auditor General) Order 2003

      [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

      2    Industrial Organisation and Development,-(1)Draft Apple and Pear Research Council (Dissolution) Order 2003, and

      (2) draft Horticultural Development Council (Amendment) Order 2003

      [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

      3    Supreme Court of England and Wales,-Draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 2003 [by Act], with Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Yvette Cooper].

    Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

      4    Aggregates Levy,-Air Passenger Duty and Other Indirect Taxes (Interest Rate) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 230), dated 6th February 2003 [by Act] [John Healey].

      5    Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland,-Livestock and Meat Commission (Maximum Levy) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 (S.R. (N.I.) 2003, No. 20), dated 16th January 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

      6    Local Government Finance,-Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 195), dated 5th February 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

      7    Road Traffic,-(1) Motor Vehicles (Driving Licenses) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 222), and

      (2) Vehicles Crime (Registration of Registration Plate Suppliers) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 228),

      dated 6th February 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

      8    Supreme Court (Northern Ireland),-Rules of the Supreme Court (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) 2003 (S.R. (N.I.), 2003 No. 54), dated 3rd February 2003 [by Act] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

    APPENDIX II

    Standing Committees

      1    Draft Financial Assistance for Industry (Increase of Limit) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

      2    Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Video Recording of Interviews) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003:

      (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

      (2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Peter Bottomley, Mr Keith Bradley, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Tony Cunningham, Julia Drown, Lady Hermon, Jane Kennedy, Shona McIsaac, Mr Seamus Mallon, Gillian Merron, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Gordon Prentice, Mr Clive Soley, Mr Hugo Swire, Mr John Taylor and Mr David Wilshire from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order).

      3    Draft Public Lending Right (Increase of Limit) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Derek Conway Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

      4    Draft Financial Assistance for Industry (Increase of Limit) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

    European Standing Committees

      5    The Speaker has appointed Mr David Taylor Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 12249/2/02 on criminal law.

      6    The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. (10625/1/05) together with an Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 24th January 2003, submitted by HM Treasury, relating to the Annual Report of the Court of Auditors, on protecting the Community's Financial Interests.

    Standing Committee on the Convention

      7    The Speaker has appointed Mr Frank Cook Chairman of the Standing Committee on the Convention.

    APPENDIX III

    Reports from Select Committees

      1    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Foundation Trusts]; to be printed [No. 395-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

      2    Treasury,-(1) Fourth Report from the Treasury Committee [The Handling of the Joint Inland Revenue/Customs and Excise STEPS PFI Project], with the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee, to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 184]; and

      (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The UK and the Euro]; to be printed [No. 187-viii]

      [Mr John McFall].

    [W.H., No. 27]

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

    The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

      Adjournment (Southern Africa food crisis),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Derek Twigg.)

      And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday11th February.

    [Adjourned at 5.51 p.m.

    Sir Alan Haselhurst

    Deputy Speaker



 
House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House 

of Lords home page search page enquiries

© Parliamentary copyright 2003
Revised 7 February 2003