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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 17th March 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Joe Benton reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft African Development Fund (Ninth Replenishment) Order 2003 and the draft International Fund for Agricultural Development (Fifth Replenishment) Order 2003.

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

2    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle.

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

3    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mrs Marion Roe reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Local Authorities (Charges for Specified Welfare Services) (England) Regulations 2003.

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

4    Message from the Lords-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    The Lords have agreed to the Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill, without Amendment.

    The Lords have agreed to the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

5    Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill,-Lords Amendments to the Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 76].

6    Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Bill (Allocation of Time) ,-Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the proceedings on the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Bill-

    Timetable

    1. Proceedings on Second Reading, in Committee, on consideration and on Third Reading shall be completed at this day's sitting and shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, at Ten o'clock.

    Questions to be put

    2. When the Bill has been read a second time-

      (a) it shall, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), stand committed to a Committee of the whole House without any Question being put, and

      (b) the Speaker shall leave the Chair whether or not notice of an Instruction has been given.

    3. On the conclusion of proceedings in Committee the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question and, if the Bill is reported with Amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill as amended without any Question being put.

    4. For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Speaker or Chairman shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)-

      (a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;

      (b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;

      (c) the Question on any Amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;

      (d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.

    5. On a Motion so made for a new Clause or a new Schedule, the Chairman or Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.

    Consideration of Lords Amendments

    6.-(1) Any Lords Amendments to the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    (2) Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, one hour after their commencement.

    7.-(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 6.

    (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question already proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

    (3) If that Question is for the Amendment of a Lords Amendment the Speaker shall then put forthwith-

      (a) a single Question on any further Amendments to the Lords Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown, and

      (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.

    (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith-

      (a) a single Question on any Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to a Lords Amendment, and

      (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.

    (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House disagrees to a Lords Amendment.

    (6) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees to all the remaining Lords Amendments.

    (7) As soon as the House has agreed or disagreed to a Lords Amendment, or disposed of an Amendment relevant to a Lords Amendment which has been disagreed to, the Speaker shall put forthwith a single Question on any Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown and relevant to the Lords Amendment.

    Subsequent stages

    8.-(1) Any further Message from the Lords on the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    (2) Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

    9.-(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 8.

    (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has already been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

    (3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the Question already proposed from the Chair.

    (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on or relevant to any of the remaining items in the Lords Message.

    (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Proposals.

    Reasons Committee

    10.-(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons in relation to the Bill and the appointment of its Chairman.

    (2) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.

    (3) Proceedings in the Committee shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion 30 minutes after their commencement.

    (4) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) the Chairman shall-

      (a) first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair but not yet decided, and

      (b) then put forthwith successively Questions on motions which may be made by a Minister of the Crown for assigning a Reason for disagreeing with the Lords in any of their Amendments.

    (5) The proceedings of the Committee shall be reported without any further Question being put.

    Miscellaneous

    11. Paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply to any proceedings to which this Order applies.

    12. The proceedings on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement and paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 shall apply to those proceedings.

    13. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply in relation to any proceedings to which this Order applies.

    14. No Motion shall be made to alter the order in which any proceedings on the Bill are taken or to re-commit the Bill.

    15. No dilatory Motion shall be made in relation to proceedings to which this Order applies except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.

    16.-(1) This paragraph applies if-

      (a) a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) has been stood over to Seven o'clock, Three o'clock or Four o'clock (as the case may be), but

      (b) proceedings to which this Order applies have begun before then.

    (2) Proceedings on that Motion shall stand postponed until the conclusion of those proceedings.

    17. If the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the conclusion of any proceedings to which this Order applies, no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.

    18. Proceedings to which this Order applies shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.-(Jane Kennedy.)

7    Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Bill,-The Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Committee of the whole House.

    The House immediately resolved itself into a Committee.

    (In the Committee)

    Clause No. 1 (Dates of election, etc).

    Amendment proposed, in page 1, line 2, to leave out from the beginning to the word 'in' in line 13, and insert the words-

      '(1) In section 31 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998'.-(Mr Peter Robinson.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Iris Robinson, Mr Gregory Campbell: 6.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 368.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 2 agreed to.

    Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill to the House.

      The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Charlotte Atkins reported, that the Committee had gone through the Bill, without Amendment.

      The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

    8    Immigration,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Asylum (Designated States) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 11th February, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy);

      The House divided.

        Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Jim Murphy: 328.

        Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Bob Russell : 43.

      So the Question was agreed to.

    9    Local Government Finance,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 113) on the Special Grant in aid of the revenues of the London Borough of Hackney for 2002-03, a copy of which was laid before this House on 24th February, be approved-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

    10    Industrial Organisation and 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 Apple and Pear Research Council (Dissolution) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 25th February, be approved-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

    11    Industrial Organisation and 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 Horticultural Development Council (Amendment) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 25th February, be approved-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

    12    Rehabilitation of Offenders,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 25th February, be approved-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

    13    Police,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Codes B to E) (No. 2) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 27th February, be approved-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

    14    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Strathearn Coalition for Justice not War against an attack on Iraq in the present circumstances was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

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

    [Adjourned at 10.32 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    Regulatory Reform,-Draft Regulatory Reform (Sugar Beet Research and Education) Order 2003, together with a statement by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

      2    Agriculture,-Medicated Feedingstuffs (Amendment) (Scotland, England and Wales) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 752), dated 17th March 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

      3    Disabled Persons,-Disability Discrimination (Blind and Partially Sighted Persons) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 712), dated 13th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

      4    Energy Conservation,-(1) Energy Information (Household Air Conditioners) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 750), and

      (2) Energy Information (Household Electric Ovens) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 751),

      dated 14th March 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

      5    Environmental Protection,-Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (England) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 714), dated 13th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

      6    Social Care,-National Care Standards Commission (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 753), dated 15th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    Other Papers:

      7    Iraq,-Paper entitled, Iraq: UN Documents of early March 2003 [by Command] [Cm. 5785] [Mr Secretary Straw].

      8    National Audit,-Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on- (1) Improving service quality: Action in response to the Inherited SERPS problem, and

      (2) Improving social housing through transfer

      [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 497 and 496] [Clerk of the House].

      9    National Health Service,-Summarised Accounts of Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts and NHS Trusts in England, of the Dental Practice Board and Special Health Authorities providing central services in England, and of funds held on Trust by Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, NHS Trusts, Special Health Authorities and Special Trustees in England for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 493] [Clerk of the House].

      10    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [4th March] of the East Anglian Daily Times and residents of Harwich constituency for improvements to the A120 road between Harwich and Little Bromley [by Standing Order] [Clerk of the House].

      11    School Standards and Framework,-(1) Account of the Coventry Education Action Zone for 2001-02,with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon, and

      (2) Account of the Newcastle Education Action Zone for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon

      [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 539 and 540] [Clerk of the House].

      12    Statutory Instruments (Notification),-Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation:

      Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 2003

      [by Standing Order] [The Speaker].

    APPENDIX II

    Standing Committees

      1    The draft African Development Fund (Ninth Replenishment) Order 2003 and the draft International Fund for Agricultural Development (Fifth Replenishment) Order 2003, - The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Dennis Turner from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Roger Casale.

      2    Education (Admission Forums) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2900), - The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Gwyn Prosser from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Ms Karen Buck.

    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-v] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

      2    Human Rights,-Seventh Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 547] [Jean Corston].

      3    Public Accounts,-(1) Ninth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The Office for National Statistics: Outsourcing the 2001 Census]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 543];

      (2) Tenth Report from the Committee [Individual Learning Accounts]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 544];

      (3) Eleventh Report from the Committee [NHS Emergency Planning]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 545]; and

      (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Progress in Protecting Consumers' Interests]; to be printed [No. 546-i]

      [Mr Edward Leigh].



     
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