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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 10th March 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Authority (Overview and Scrutiny Committees Health Scrutiny Functions) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3048), the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Functions) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3007) and the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3038).

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

2    Estimates,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee), That this House agrees with the Report [6th March] of the Liaison Committee-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

3    Local Government Bill [2nd allotted day],-The House, according to Order, proceeded further to consider the Local Government Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    Another Clause (Valuation: conflicts between judicial and administrative matters)-(Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (Valuation tribunals: immunity)-(Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown)-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 Desmond Swayne, Hugh Robertson: 158.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Phil Woolas: 295.

    It being after Five o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [25th February], put the Question on an Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown.

    Another Amendment (No. 1) made to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Repeal of section 2A of Local Government Act 1986)-(Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown)-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 Desmond Swayne, Hugh Robertson: 127.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Derek Twigg: 356.

    It being after half-past Seven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question on an Amendment selected by the Speaker for separate Division.

    Another Amendment (No. 8) proposed to the Bill, in page 70, line 41, to leave out Clause No. 119.-(Mr Edward Leigh.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Selous, Mr Bill Wiggin: 77.

      Tellers for the Noes, Derek Twigg, Mr John Heppell: 368.

    Another Amendment (No. 2) proposed, in page 70, line 32, to leave out Clause No. 118.-(Mr Philip Hammond.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Kelvin Hopkins: 22.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gillian Merron, Mr Jim Murphy: 318.

    It being after Nine o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question necessary to dispose of the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 19, 20, 31, 21 to 23 and 32) made to the Bill.

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Mr Jim Murphy: 349.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Desmond Swayne, Hugh Robertson: 136.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

4    Climate Change Levy,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Climate Change Levy (Use as Fuel) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, which were laid before this House on 4th February, be approved-(Derek Twigg):-It was agreed to.

5    Social Security,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payment) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 5th February, be approved-(Derek Twigg):-It was agreed to.

6    Social Security,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2003, which were laid before this House on 24th February, be approved-(Derek Twigg);

    And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred till Wednesday 12th March, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002].

7    Supreme Court of England and Wales,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 6th February, be approved-(Derek Twigg):-It was agreed to.

8    Industrial Development,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Financial Assistance for Industry (Increase of Limit) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 30th January, be approved-(Derek Twigg):-It was agreed to.

9    Draft Corruption Bill (Joint Committee),-Ordered, That the Lords Message of 12th February relating to a Joint Committee of both Houses to consider and report on any draft Corruption Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown be now considered.

    That this House concurs with the Lords in their Resolution relating to the said Joint Committee.

    That a Select Committee of seven Members be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Lords to consider any such draft Corruption Bill.

    That the Committee shall have power-

      (i) to send for persons, papers and records;

      (ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

      (iii) to report from time to time;

      (iv) to appoint specialist advisers;

      (v) to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom; and

    That Vera Baird, Mr Edward Garnier, Mr John MacDougall, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr Richard Shepherd, Mr Paul Stinchcombe and Dr Desmond Turner be members of the Committee.-(Derek Twigg.)

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

10    Standing Committee on Regional Affairs,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 117 (Standing Committee on Regional Affairs), That-

    (1) the matter of progress in developing the role of the Government Offices in the Regions (GOs), being a matter relating to regional affairs in England, be referred to the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs;

    (2) the Committee do meet at a quarter past Two o'clock on Thursday 3rd April at Westminster to consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above; and

    (3) the proceedings at the meeting be brought to a conclusion at a quarter past Five o'clock-(Derek Twigg):-It was agreed to.

11    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Ordered, That Phil Sawford be discharged from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and Alan Simpson be added.-(Keith Hill, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

12    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from members of the workforce at BAe Systems, Brough, for negotiations about the future of the plant and the manufacture of Hawk aircraft was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

13    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Derek Twigg.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.47 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    Agriculture,-Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 562), dated 6th March 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Ecclesiastical Law,-Payments to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 472), dated 26th February 2003 [by Measure] [Clerk of the House].

    3    Education,-(1) Education Act 2002 (Academies) (Consequential Amendments) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 537), dated 3rd March 2003,

    (2) Education Maintenance Allowance (Pilot Areas) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 553), dated 3rd March 2003,

    (3) Oxford and Cherwell College (Government) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 514), dated 3rd March 2003,

    (4) Oxford and Cherwell College (Incorporation) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 510), dated 3rd March 2003,

    (5) Rugby College of Further Education (Dissolution) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 516), dated 3rd March 2003, and

    (6) School Organisation Proposals by the Learning and Skills Council for England Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 507), dated 4th March 2003,

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    4    Environment Protection,-Environmental Protection (Controls on Hexachloroethane) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 602), dated 10th March 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    5    Environmental Protection,-(1) Environmental Protection (Waste Recycling Payments) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 596), and

    (2) Waste Management Licensing (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 595),

    dated 9th March 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    6    Health and Safety,-Railways (Safety Case) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 579), dated 9th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    7    Immigration,-Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 518), dated 5th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    8    Insolvency,-Insolvent Partnerships (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2003 (S.R. (N.I.), 2003, No. 144), dated 3rd March 2003 [by Statutory Instrument] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

    9    Landfill Tax,-Landfill Tax (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 605), dated 10th March 2003 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    10    Local Government,-Police Authorities (Best Value) Performance Indicators Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 519), dated 6th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    11    Magistrates' Courts,-Magistrates' Courts (Detention and Forfeiture of Cash) (Amendment) Rules 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 638), dated 6th March 2003 [by Act] [Yvette Cooper].

    12    National Health Service,-(1) National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Amendment Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 585), and

    (2) National Health Service (Dental Charges) Amendment Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 586),

    dated 7th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    13    Police,-(1) Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 520), dated 6th March 2003,

    (2) Police (Efficiency) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 528), dated 5th March 2003,

    (3) Police Pensions (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 535), dated 6th March 2003, and

    (4) Police Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 527), dated 5th March 2003

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett], and

    (5) Police Service of Northern Ireland and Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve (Full-Time) (Severance) Regulations 2003 (S.R. (N.I.), 2003, No. 60), dated 11th January 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    14    Road Traffic,-Motor Vehicles (Type Approval for Goods Vehicles) (Great Britain) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 582), dated 9th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    15    Strategic Investment,-Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites (Designation) Order (Northern Ireland) 2003 (S.R. (N.I.), 2003, No. 120), dated 7th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    16    Supreme Court of England and Wales,-Crown Court (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 639), dated 6th March 2003 [by Act] [Yvette Cooper].

    17    Town and Country Planning,-Town and Country Planning (Costs of Inquiries etc.) (Standard Daily Amount) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 464), dated 27th February 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

    18    Public Petitions,-Observations by-

    (1) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the Petition [29th January] from Tina Griffiths and the people of Ogmore and South Wales for improved controls on the sale and use of fireworks, and

    (2) the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [25th February] from residents of Hitchen and Harpenden against proposals for the expansion of Luton Airport

    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    19    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the-

    (1) East Manchester Education Action Zone, and

    (2) Speke Garston Education Action Zone

    for 2001-02, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 508 and 509] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Codes B to E) (No. 2) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Dan Norris from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.

    2    Greater London Authority (Allocation of Grants for Precept Calculations) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 225),-The Speaker has appointed Derek Conway Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations, in place of Mr Alan Hurst.

    3    Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order, in place of Mr George Stevenson.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Secondary Education: Pupil Achievement]; to be printed [No. 513-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    International Development,-(1) Fourth Report from the International Development Committee [Preparing for the humanitarian consequences of possible military action against Iraq], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [Nos. 444-I and -II]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Preparing for the humanitarian consequences of possible military action against Iraq]

    [Tony Baldry].

    3    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Evening Economy and the Urban Renaissance]; to be printed [No. 396-iii] [Christine Russell].



 
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