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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 31st March 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Miss Anne Begg reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) Order 2003.

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

2    Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill,-Ordered, That the Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill be read a second time on Friday 4th April.

3    Railways and Transport Safety Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Railways and Transport Safety Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Annual Report)-(Mr David Jamieson)-brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Conditions of service: Transport Police Conference)-(Mr John Spellar)-brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Interpretation: enactment)-(Mr John Spellar)-brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Part 4: Crown application, &c.)-(Mr David Jamieson)-brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Snow and ice)-(Mr David Jamieson)-brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Prescribed limits)-(Mr Don Foster)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Bob Russell, Annette Brooke: 32.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr John Heppell: 282.

    Another Clause (Rail freight facilities grants and track access grants)-(Miss Anne McIntosh)-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: 155.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr John Heppell: 282.

    Another Clause (Annual report on road safety statistics)-(Miss Anne McIntosh)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Hugh Robertson, Mr Desmond Swayne: 159.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr John Heppell: 281.

    Another Clause (Reimbursements of costs)-(Miss Anne McIntosh)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Hugh Robertson, Mr Desmond Swayne: 158.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr John Heppell: 276.

    It being after Nine o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [28th January], put forthwith the Questions necessary to dispose of the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown.

    Amendments Nos. 11 to 20, 27 to 30, 21, 31, and 22 to 26 made to the Bill.

    A Motion being made, That the Bill be now read the third time;

    Mr John Spellar, by Her Majesty's Command, acquainted the House, That Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, gives her Consent, as far as Her Majesty's interest is concerned, That the House may do therein as it shall think fit.

    Mr John Spellar, by Command of the Prince of Wales, acquainted the House, That His Royal Highness, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, gives his Consent, as far as the Prince of Wales's interest is concerned, That the House may do therein as it shall think fit.

    And the Question being put:-It was agreed to.

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

4    Sustainable Use of Pesticides,-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. 10665/02, Commission Communication, entitled Towards a Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides; and supports the Government's view that this document is a useful step towards a strategy that will help reduce risks and hazards to health and the environment from the use of pesticides-(Joan Ryan):-It was agreed to.

5    Health Care and Associated Professions,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 3rd March, be approved-(Joan Ryan):-It was agreed to.

6    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Mr Ramanlal Patel and others for the maintenance of the present framework of pharmacy provision was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

7    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Joan Ryan.)

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

[Adjourned at 10 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    Northern Ireland,-Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Immigration,-Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules [by Act]; to be printed [No. 538] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Police,-Police Service of Northern Ireland (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.R. (N.I.), 2003, No. 184), dated 20th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    4    Social Security,-Social Security (Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit) (Consequential Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 937), dated 28th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

Other Papers:

    5    Access to Justice,-Legal Services Commission Funding Code Procedures Amendments 2003 [by Act] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

    6    Animal Health,-Return of Expenditure incurred and prosecutions taken under the Animal Health Act 1981 and incidences of disease in imported animals for the year 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    7    Government Trading Funds,-Treasury Minute, dated 31st March, establishing a further financial objective for the Meteorological Office Trading Fund [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    8    Housing,-Housing Bill: Consultation on draft legislation [by Command] [Cm. 5793] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    9    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Community Fund: Review of grants made to the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns [by Act]; to be printed [No. 519] [Clerk of the House].

    10    Northern Ireland,-Summary of Health, Personal Social Services and Special Agencies Accounts for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 466] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers withdrawn:

    11    Northern Ireland,-Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2003 [laid 4th March].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Nick Hawkins, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Gordon Prentice and Mr Graham Stringer from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Colin Challen, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr Mark Lazarowicz and Mr Neil Turner.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Broadband in Rural Areas Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Broadband in Rural Areas]; to be printed [No. 587-i] [Mr David Borrow].

    2    Public Accounts,-(1) Fourteenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Royal Mint Trading Fund: 2001- 02 Accounts]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 588];

    (2) Fifteenth Report from the Committee [OPRA: Tackling the risks to pension scheme members]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 589]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Improving social housing through transfer]; to be printed [No. 590-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

    3     Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Empowering Children and Young People in Wales]; to be printed [No. 433-v] [Mr Martyn Jones].



 
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