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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 24th March 2003

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

PRAYERS.

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

    Voting Age (Reduction to 16) Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to reduce to 16 the voting age in parliamentary and other elections; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to confer further powers upon local authorities in London and upon Transport for London; and for related purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

    Draft Corruption Bill (Joint Committee),-The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of seven Lords to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons to consider and report on any draft Corruption Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown;

    They have ordered that the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

    That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

    That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

    That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

    That the Reports of the Committee from time to time shall be printed, notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

    And that the Committee do report not later than four months after the presentation of any such draft Bill;

    And they propose that the Committee do meet with the Committee appointed by the Commons today at half-past Four o'clock in Committee Room 3A.

2    .Draft Corruption Bill,-Ordered, That so much of the Lords Message of this day as relates to the Joint Committee on any draft Corruption Bill be now considered.

    So much of the Lords Message considered accordingly.

    Ordered, That the Committee appointed by this House do meet the Lords Committee as proposed by their Lordships.

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

3    London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill [Lords],-The London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill [Lords] was read the first time and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.

4    Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill,-Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill be printed [Bill 25-EN].

5    Licensing Bill [Lords],-The Licensing Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time.

6    Licensing Bill [Lords] (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002], That the following provisions shall apply to the Licensing Bill [Lords]:

    Committal

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 20th May 2003.

    3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

    Consideration and Third Reading

    4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

    6. Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

    Other proceedings

    7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed-(Mr Jim Murphy);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Heppell, Mr Nick Ainger: 304.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Desmond Swayne, Hugh Robertson: 84.

    So the Question was agreed to.

7    Licensing Bill [Lords] [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Licensing Bill [Lords] [Money];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Licensing Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

      (a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of any provision of the Act; and

      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

8    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. 115) (House of Commons Paper No. 449) on Special Grants for Local Authorities, a copy of which was laid before this House on 26th February, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

9    Government Trading Funds,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Vehicle and Operator Services Agency Trading Fund Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 3rd March, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

10    Government Trading Funds,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency Trading Fund Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 6th March, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

11    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 Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Consequential and Incidental Provisions) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 28th February, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

12    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. 111) (House of Commons Paper No. 421) on the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, which was laid before this House on 27th February, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

13    Town and Country Planning,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Town and Country Planning (Electronic Communications) (England) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 6th March, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

14    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 Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2003, which were laid before this House on 5th March, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

15    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. 114) (House of Commons Paper No. 477) on the Social Services (High Performers) Grant for 2003-04, which was laid before this House on 6th March, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

16    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 (Combined Heat and Power Stations) Prescribed Conditions and Efficiency Percentages (Amendment) Regulations 2003, which were laid before this House on 11th March, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

17    Criminal 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 Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Powers of Seizure) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 24th February, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

18    Takeover Bids,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 12846/02, draft Directive on Takeover Bids, and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum from the Department of Trade and Industry dated 4th March 2003 on the Council Presidency Compromise Proposal of 14th February 2003; welcomes the draft Directive as an important step forward in seeking to complete the European Union Financial Services Action Plan; and supports the Government's initial approach to negotiations in seeking to achieve a common framework for the treatment of shareholders and encouraging a single market for corporate control-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

19    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from people of the Malmesbury and North Wiltshire communities against the closure of Malmesbury Hospital was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

20    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Jim Murphy.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.44 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    Immigration,-Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

    2    Northern Ireland,-Draft Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Consumer Protection,-Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 835), dated 20th March 2003 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    4    Northern Ireland Departments,-Departments (Transfer of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2003 (S.R. (N.I.), 2003, No. 163), dated 5th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    5    Social Security,-Income-related Benefits and Jobseeker's Allowance (Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 770), dated 19th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

Other Papers:

    6    Corruption,-Draft Corruption Bill, together with Explanatory Notes [by Command] [Cm. 5777] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    7    National Audit,-Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on-

    (1) A Safer Place to Work: Protecting NHS Hospital and Ambulance Staff from Violence and Aggression,

    (2) Developing Effective Services for Older People, and

    (3) Financial Auditing and Reporting: General Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for 2001-02

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 527, 518 and 517] [Clerk of the House].

    8    Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund,-Report by the Government Actuary on the valuation of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund as at 1st April 2002 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 445] [Clerk of the House].

    9    Police,-Police (Revocation of Secretary of State's Objectives) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 830), dated 24th February 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    10    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the Petitions [27th February] from-

    (1) readers of the Salford Advertiser and the Prestwich Advertiser and others for restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks, and

    (2) residents of Heywood and Middleton and surrounding areas for restrictions on the use of fireworks

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

Papers withdrawn:

    11    Immigration,-Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 2003 [laid 18th March].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Industrial Development (Financial Assistance) Bill,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Chris Bryant, Mr Fabian Hamilton and Mr Bob Laxton from Standing Committee A (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Mr John MacDougall and Lawrie Quinn.

    2    Draft General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr George Howarth from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Joan Walley.

    3    Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr John Reid from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Rules); and nominated in substitution Mr Alan Reid.

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-ii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    International Development,-(1) Second Special Report from the International Development Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, on Preparing for the humanitarian consequences of possible military action against Iraq]; to be printed [No. 561];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 19 March [Trade and Development: Aspects of the Doha Agenda]; to be printed [No. 400-v]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 20 March [Trade and Development: Aspects of the Doha Agenda]; to be printed [Nos. 400-vi and -vii]

    [Tony Baldry].

    3    Public Accounts,-(1) Twelfth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Tackling Pensioner Poverty: encouraging take-up of entitlements]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 565];

    (2) Thirteenth Report from the Committee [Ministry of Defence: Progress in Reducing Stocks]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 566]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [PFI Construction Performance]; to be printed [No. 567-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

    4    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Public Service Targets]; to be printed [No. 62-x] [Tony Wright].


CORRIGENDUM

    The Votes and Proceedings of Thursday 20th March should have had Issue No. 67 and those of Friday 21st March should have had Issue No. 68.



 
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