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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 25th February 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Protection of Freedoms,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require each item of legislation to be subject to a statement as to how each measure included in it affects the freedom of expression, assembly, conscience and association; and why the benefits of the measure outweigh any loss of freedom: And that Mr Mark Prisk, Mr Graham Brady, Mr Peter Lilley, Angela Watkinson, Mr George Osborne, Peter Bottomley, Mrs Marion Roe, Mr Bill Wiggin and Mr Stephen O'Brien do prepare and bring it in.

2    Protection of Freedoms Bill,-Mr Mark Prisk accordingly presented a Bill to require each item of legislation to be subject to a statement as to how each measure included in it affects the freedom of expression, assembly, conscience and association; and why the benefits of the measure outweigh any loss of freedom: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 7th March and to be printed [Bill 60].

3    Communications Bill [1st day],-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Communications Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Composition of services in radio multiplexes)-(Dr Kim Howells)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Investigation of the BBC by the National Audit Office)-(Mr Edward Leigh)-brought up and read the first time.

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr John Randall: 200.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Charlotte Atkins: 304.

    Another Clause (Power to confer further functions on OFCOM relating to the BBC)-(Mr John Whittingdale)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (Meaning of control)-(Mr John Greenway)-brought up and read the first time.

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr Laurence Robertson: 138.

      Tellers for the Noes, Charlotte Atkins, Mr Nick Ainger: 367.

    It being after Seven o'clock, the Speaker, pursuant to Order [10th February], put the Question necessary to dispose of the remaining business to be concluded at that hour.

    Amendments (Nos. 116 to 131, 72, 132 to 138, 51, 52, 139, 140, 59, and 141 to 143) made to the Bill.

    Bill to be further considered to-morrow.

4    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 National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 30th January, be approved-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

5    Local Government Bill (Programme) (No. 3),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th November 2001 and 29th October 2002], That, in accordance with the Resolution of the Standing Committee dated 13th February 2003, the programme order of 7th January 2003 in relation to the Local Government Bill shall be amended by the substitution for paragraphs 4 and 5 (proceedings on consideration and Third Reading to be completed in one day) of the following-

    '4. Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be completed in two days

    4A. Proceedings on consideration shall be taken on each of the days as shown in the following Table and shall be taken in the order so shown, and each part of the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the third column of the Table.

DayProceedingsTime for conclusion of proceedings
1st New Clauses, other than new Clauses relating to Chapter 1 of Part 8; new Schedules, other than new Schedules relating to Chapter 1 of Part 8; and Amendments to clauses 1 to 19, Schedule 1, Clauses 20 to 42, Schedule 2 and Clauses 43 to 92 The moment of interruption
2nd New Clauses relating to Clauses 93 to 117; new Schedules relating to Clauses 93 to 117; and Amendments to Clauses 93 to 100, Schedule 3, Clauses 101 to 105, Schedule 4, Clause 106, Schedule 5 and Clauses 107 to 117 5 hours before the moment of interruption
2nd New Clauses relating to Clause 119; new Schedules relating to Clause 119; and Amendments to Clause 119 21/2 hours before the moment of interruption
2nd New Clauses relating to Clause 118; new Schedules relating to Clause 118; Amendments to Clauses 118 and 120 to 124, Schedules 6 and 7 and Clauses 125 and 126; and remaining proceedings on consideration 1 hour before the moment of interruption

    5. 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 the days.'-(Dan Norris);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Charlotte Atkins, Mr Nick Ainger: 293.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mark Hoban, Angela Watkinson: 184.

    So the Question was agreed to.

6    National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill [Lords],-Ordered, That, during proceedings on the National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill [Lords], the Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.-(Dan Norris.)

7    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) year 11 students from Minsthorpe Community College for youth club facilities and other improvements in the South Elmsall, South Kirkby and Upton area of the Hemsworth constituency;

    (2) residents of South Gloucestershire and others against the committing of British armed forces against Iraq without approval by the House, and

    (3) residents of Hitchin and Harpenden against proposals for expansion of Luton Airport

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

8    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Dan Norris.)

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

[Adjourned at 8 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    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].

    2    Rehabilitation of Offenders,-Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2003, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Children and Young Persons,-National Care Standards Commission (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 369), dated 25th February 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    4    Legal Aid and Advice,-Legal Advice and Assistance (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 (S.R. (N.I.), No. 94), dated 24th February 2003 [by Statutory Instrument] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

Other Papers:

    5    Foreign Affairs,-Government Responses to the-

    (1) First Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2002-03, on The Biological Weapons Green Paper, and

    (2) Second Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2002-03, on Foreign Policy Aspects of the War Against Terrorism

    [by Command] [Cms. 5713 and 5739] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    6    Iraq,-Paper entitled, Iraq [by Command] [Cm. 5769] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    7    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Tackling Fraud against the Inland Revenue [by Act]; to be printed [No. 429] [Clerk of the House].

    8    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the:-

    (1) Dingle Granby Toxteth Education Action Zone,

    (2) Great Yarmouth Education Action Zone,

    (3) Herefordshire Education Action Zone, and

    (4) North Somerset (Weston-Super-Mare) Education Action Zone

    for 2001-02, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 387, 455, 456 and 457] [Clerk of the House].

    9    Treasury,-Paper entitled, The Financial System and Major Operational Disruption [by Command] [Cm. 5751] [Ruth Kelly].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Codes B to E) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Tony Banks, Annette Brooke, Mr David Chaytor, Mr John Denham, Julia Drown, Mr Mark Francois, Paul Goggins, Mr David Heath, Mr Boris Johnson, Mr Andrew Lansley, Mr James Paice, Mr Greg Pope, Dr Gavin Strang, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Dr Rudi Vis and Dr Alan Whitehead from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order).

    2    Draft Code of Guidance on Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Encouraging Positive Partnerships,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Norman Baker from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Code); and nominated in substitution Mr Roger Williams.

    3    Draft Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Crausby from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Frank Field.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Privacy and Media Intrusion]; to be printed [No. 458-i] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Delivery of Education in Rural Areas Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Delivery of Education in Rural Areas]; to be printed [No. 467-i] [Diana Organ].

    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-iii] [Tony Baldry].

    4    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Planning for Sustainable Housing and Communities]; to be printed [No. 77-v] [Andrew Bennett].

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

    6    Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Electricity (Trading and Transmission) Bill]; to be printed [No. 468-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    7    Treasury,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Bank of England February 2003 Inflation Report]; to be printed [No. 469]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Equitable Life]; to be printed [No. 470]

    [Mr John McFall].


[W.H., No. 31]

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 4.29 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker

CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings of Monday 24th February, in Appendix I, item 35, relating to a proposal for a Regulatory Reform (Housing Management Agreements) Order 2003 should be omitted and the following item inserted after item 17 under Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    Housing,-Draft Regulatory Reform (Housing Management Agreements) Order 2003, together with a statement by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].



 
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