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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 26th February 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Transas Group Bill,-The Order of the day being read for the Second Reading of the Transas Group Bill.

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Wednesday 5th March.

2    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Miss Ann Widdecombe reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Code of Guidance on Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Encouraging Positive Partnerships.

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

3    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Cummings reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 112) on Special Grants for the Local e-Government Programme.

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

4    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Nigel Beard reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2003.

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

5    European Standing Committee B,-Mr Roger Gale reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. OJ C295, Vol 45, European Court of Auditors' 2001 Annual Report, and No. 10625/1/02, the Commission's 2001 Annual Report on protecting the financial interests of the Communities; and supports the Government's continuing efforts to promote measures to improve financial management and combat fraud against the European Community's financial interests.

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

6    Fireworks Bill,-Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Fireworks Bill be printed [Bill 17-EN].

7    Needle Stick Injury,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the protection from needle stick injury and resulting infections of persons employed in the health care sector and of other persons engaged in activities at work which carry a significant risk of such injuries and infections; to establish requirements relating to the recording and publication of information about such injuries and infections; to establish standards relating to the supply and use of certain equipment for work which carries a significant risk of such injury and infections; and for connected purposes: And that Laura Moffatt, Mr Michael Clapham, Mr Ben Chapman, Mr Neil Gerrard, Ann Keen, Anne Picking, Helen Jones, Jonathan Shaw, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Judy Mallaber and Julia Drown do prepare and bring it in.

8    Needle Stick Injury Bill,-Laura Moffatt accordingly presented a Bill to make provision about the protection from needle stick injury and resulting infections of persons employed in the health care sector and of other persons engaged in activities at work which carry a significant risk of such injuries and infections; to establish requirements relating to the recording and publication of information about such injuries and infections; to establish standards relating to the supply and use of certain equipment for work which carries a significant risk of such injury and infections; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 4th April and to be printed [Bill 61].

9    Iraq,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House takes note of Command Paper Cm 5769 on Iraq; reaffirms its endorsement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441, as expressed in its Resolution of 25th November 2002; supports the Government's continuing efforts in the United Nations to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction; and calls upon Iraq to recognise this as its final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations-(Mr Secretary Straw);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 5, to leave out from the word 'destruction' to the end of the Question and add the words 'but finds the case for military action against Iraq as yet unproven' instead thereof.-(Mr Chris Smith.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Douglas Hogg, Mr Tony Lloyd: 199.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Joan Ryan: 393.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Joan Ryan: 434.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Douglas Hogg, Mr Tony Lloyd: 124.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House takes note of Command Paper Cm 5769 on Iraq; reaffirms its endorsement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441, as expressed in its Resolution of 25th November 2002; supports the Government's continuing efforts in the United Nations to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction; and calls upon Iraq to recognise this as its final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations.

10    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) residents of Blackpool South for restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks,

    (2) residents of Burton upon Trent and South Derbyshire for a review of the reduction of the sentence for murder passed on David Bond, and

    (3) residents of Glasgow Anniesland and others for restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks

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

11    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Dan Norris);

    And the Motion having been made after Seven 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 two minutes past Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 8.02 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    Animals,-Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    2    Immigration,-Draft Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Consequential and Incidental Provisions) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Local Government Finance,-Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 115) on Special Grants for Local Authorities [by Act]; to be printed [No. 449] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    4    Family Law,-Child Support (Transitional Provision) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 347), dated 22nd February 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    5    Magistrates' Courts,-Greater London Magistrates' Courts Authority (Constitution) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 385), dated 24th February 2003 [by Act] [Yvette Cooper].

    6    Social Security,-Housing Benefit (General) Amendment Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 363), dated 22nd February 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    7    Telegraphs,-Wireless Telegraphy (Public Fixed Wireless Access Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 397), dated 25th February 2003 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

    8    Food Standards,-Report and Accounts of the Food Standards Agency for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 289] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    9    Greenwich Hospital,-Accounts of the Greenwich Hospital and Travers Foundation for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 452] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    10    Intelligence Services,-Government Response to the Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee on Intelligence, Assessments and Advice prior to the Terrorist Bombings on Bali on 12th October 2002 [by Command] [Cm. 5765] [The Prime Minister].

    11    Police,-Draft Codes of Practice for-

    (1) the detention, treatment and questioning of persons by police officers (Code C),

    (2) the identification of persons by police officers (Code D),

    (3) searches of premises by police officers and the seizure of property found by police officers on persons or premises (Code B), and

    (4) tape recording interviews with suspects (Code E)

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    12    Prisons,-Prison Statistics for England and Wales for 2001 [by Command] [Cm. 5743] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    13    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [12th February] from residents of the villages of Plumley, Lower Peover, Chelford and Lostock Green against expansion of Manchester Airport [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    14    Social Security Administration,-Report by the Social Security Advisory Committee and statement by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Housing Benefit (General) Amendment Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 363) in accordance with Section 174 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 [by Command] [Cm. 5773] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    15    Treaty Series (No. 8, 2003),-Agreement, done at Valletta on 7th October and 29th November 2002, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Malta amending the Air Services Agreement done at Valletta on 10th July 1967 [by Command] [Cm. 5760] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers withdrawn:

    16    Police,-Draft Codes of Practice for-

    (1) the detention, treatment and questioning of persons by police officers (Code C),

    (2) the identification of persons by police officers (Code D),

    (3) searches of premises by police officers and the seizure of property found by police officers on persons or premises (Code B), and

    (4) tape recording interviews with suspects (Code E)

    [laid 28th January].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Bob Laxton and Joan Walley from Standing Committee G (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Anne Picking and Ian Stewart.

    2    Draft Asylum (Designated States) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Vera Baird, Mr Stephen Dorrell, Mr Bill Etherington, Paul Farrelly, Barbara Follett, Mr Mark Francois, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr David Heath, Mr John Heppell, Beverley Hughes, Simon Hughes, Mr Humfrey Malins, Rob Marris, Mr Eric Martlew, Patrick Mercer and Mr George Mudie.

    3    Draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Nick Hawkins from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Dominic Grieve.

    4    Draft Climate Change Levy (Use of Fuel) (Amendment) Regulations 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Bacon, Tony Baldry, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr David Crausby, Julia Drown, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Howard Flight, Mr George Galloway, John Healey, Mr Chris Pond, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Matthew Taylor, Jon Trickett, Mr Bill Tynan and Mr David Wilshire.

    5    Draft Financial Assistance for Industry (Increase of Limit) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Janet Anderson, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr Keith Bradley, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Martin Caton, Mr David Chaytor, Brian Cotter, Mr Frank Dobson, Mr Mark Field, Mr Kevin Hughes, Alan Johnson, Mr Bob Laxton, Mr Jim Murphy, Hugh Robertson, Mr Anthony Steen and Mr Gerry Steinberg.

    6    Draft Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Tony Worthington from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Ross Cranston.

European Standing Committees

    7    The Committee of Selection has discharged John Robertson from European Standing Committee A; and nominated in substitution David Hamilton.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Higher Education Funding]; to be printed [No. 425-iii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    Environmental Audit,-Second Special Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, Session 2001-02, on A Sustainable Energy Strategy? Renewables and the PIU Review]; to be printed [No. 471]; [Mr John Horam].

    3    European Scrutiny,-Thirteenth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 63-xiii] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    4    Home Affairs,-First Special Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, Session 2002-03, on the Extradition Bill]; to be printed [No. 475] [Mr Chris Mullin].

    5    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [The management of substitution cover for teachers (Northern Ireland)]; to be printed [No. 473-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    6    Transport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [Overcrowding on Public Transport]; to be printed [No. 201-iii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    7    Work and Pensions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Employment for all: assisting people with disabilities and health problems into work]; to be printed [No. 401-iii] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].


[W.H., No. 32]

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 Fraser Kemp.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.29 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker    



 
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