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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 27th March 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Variation of Specified Documents) Regulations 2003.

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

2    Seventeenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Joe Benton reported from the Seventeenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Education (Objections to Admission Arrangements) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2901) and the Education Act 2002 (Modifications of Provisions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2953).

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

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

    Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill,-The Lords do not insist on one of their Amendments to the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill to which this House has disagreed but propose Amendments in lieu thereof, to which they desire the agreement of this House; they agree to an Amendment made by this House to a Lords Amendment, with a further Amendment to the Lords Amendment, to which they desire the agreement of this House; they agree without Amendment to another Amendment made by this House to a Lords Amendment; and they do not insist on the remaining Amendments to which the Commons have disagreed.

4    Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill,-Lords Amendments in lieu of an Amendment to the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill to which the Commons have disagreed, and a further Lords Amendment to a Lords Amendment to which the Commons have agreed with an Amendment, to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 84].

5    Local Communities Sustainability Bill,-The Order for reading the Local Communities Sustainability Bill a second time to-morrow was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 13th June.

6    Anti-social Behaviour Bill,-Mr Secretary Blunkett, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Secretary Margaret Beckett, Mr Secretary Clarke and Mr Bob Ainsworth, presented a Bill to make provision in connection with anti-social behaviour: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 83].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Anti-social Behaviour Bill be printed [Bill 83-EN].

7    Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] [2nd allotted day],-The House, according to Order, proceeded further to consider the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    Another Amendment (No. 60) proposed to the Bill, in page 16, line 1, to leave out Clause No. 23.-(Lady Hermon.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 61) proposed to the Bill, in page 16, line 9, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(d)the information would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention or detection of crime or the apprehension or prosecution of offenders.'-(Lady Hermon.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr Laurence Robertson: 147.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Phil Woolas, Gillian Merron: 241.

    Amendments (Nos. 30 to 32, 9 to 14, 3 to 7 and 18 to 29) made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 86) proposed to the Bill, in page 8, line 25, to leave out Clause No. 11.-(Mr John Taylor.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Laurence Robertson, Hugh Robertson: 117.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gillian Merron, Derek Twigg: 275.

    Another Amendment (No. 45) proposed to the Bill, in page 9, line 8, to leave out the words 'he has' and insert the words 'the Board and the Secretary of State have', instead thereof.-(Lady Hermon.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, David Burnside, Mr Roy Beggs: 7.

      Tellers for the Noes, Joan Ryan, Mr Phil Woolas: 266.

    Another Amendment (No. 8) made to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Appointment of constables with special policing skills)-(Jane Kennedy)-brought up, and read the first and second time.

    Question put, That the Clause be added to the Bill.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nick Ainger, Jim Fitzpatrick: 258.

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

    Another Clause (Appointments to the Police Service of Northern Ireland)-(Mr Roy Beggs)-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 Laurence Robertson, Hugh Robertson: 139.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Jim Fitzpatrick: 229.

    Another Clause (Members of PSNI engaged on other police service)-(Angela Smith)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 15 to 17) made to the Bill.

    It being Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [yesterday], put the Questions necessary to dispose of the remaining Amendments and new Clause moved by a Minister of the Crown.

    Another Clause (Codes of practice)-(Jane Kennedy)-brought up, and added to the Bill.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 36, 1, 2, 33 to 35 and 37) 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, Mr Nick Ainger, Jim Fitzpatrick: 216.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr Laurence Robertson: 98.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

8    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) residents of the Bolton South East constituency against the unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions;

    (2) residents of the Epsom and Ewell area against inequalities in police pay between London and Surrey and for an end to under-funding of police in Surrey;

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

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

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

[Adjourned at 7.41 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Nine o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Northern Ireland,-Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2003 [by Act]; with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Other Papers:

    2    Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance,-Account of the Legal Aid Fund (Northern Ireland) for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 575] [Clerk of the House].

    3    Local Government Finance,-Accounts of the Pooling of Non-Domestic Rates and Redistribution to Local Authorities in England for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 577] [Clerk of the House].

    4    National Heritage (Scotland),-Accounts of the National Library of Scotland for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 572] [Clerk of the House].

    5    National Lottery,-(1) Accounts of the National Lottery Distribution Fund for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 573] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (2) Report and Financial Statements of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Fund for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    6    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister,-Government's Response to the Third Report of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee Report of Session 2002-03: Affordable Homes [by Command] [Cm. 5783] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    7    Police (Northern Ireland),-Accounts of the Independent Commission for Police Complaints for Northern Ireland for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 574] [Clerk of the House].

    8    Probation Board (Northern Ireland),-Accounts of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 576] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [Lords],-The Speaker has appointed Mr David Amess an additional Chairmen of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

    2    Aviation (Offences) Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Miss Ann Widdecombe Chairman of Standing Committee C in respect of the Bill.

    3    Draft Department of Transport (Fees) Amendment Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed David Taylor Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order, in place of Mrs Marion Roe.

    4    Education (Objections to Admission Arrangements) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2901) and Education Act 2002 (Modifications of Provisions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002, No. 2953),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Huw Edwards, Estelle Morris, Mark Tami and Mr Phil Willis from the Seventeenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Roger Casale, Mr George Howarth, Mr Peter Kilfoyle and Norman Lamb.

European Standing Committees

    5    The Speaker has appointed David Taylor Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document No. 12228/02 on the Scrutiny of Energy Supply.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Victoria Climbié Inquiry]; to be printed [No. 570-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    2    Lord Chancellor's Department,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department [Courts Bill]; to be printed [No. 526-iii]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The role of the Lord Chancellor]; to be printed [No. 584-i]

    [Mr A. J. Beith].

[W.H., No. 45]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

    Adjournment (Strategic Export Controls-First Joint Report from the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees, Session 2001-02, and the Government's response thereto),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Charlotte Atkins.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 1st April.

[Adjourned at 6.36 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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