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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 6th May 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Mersey Tunnels Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for consideration of the Mersey Tunnels Bill, as amended in Committee;

    Ordered, That the Bill be considered on Tuesday 13th May.

2    National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) Bill,-Mr Joe Benton reported from Standing Committee C, That it had gone through the National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 20th June.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 681].

3    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Miss Anne Begg reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 120) (House of Commons Paper No. 578) on grants for local authorities classed as 'excellent' under the comprehensive performance assessment framework.

    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 Industrial Development (Financial Assistance) Bill, without Amendment.

5    Fireworks Bill,-The Order for considering the Fireworks Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, on Friday 16th May, was read and discharged.

    Bill to be considered on Friday 13th June.

6    Children's Television (Advertising),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prevent food and drink advertising during pre-school children's television programmes and related scheduling: And that Debra Shipley, Dr Howard Stoate, Margaret Moran, Linda Perham, Vera Baird, Ann Clwyd, Ms Karen Buck, Dr Brian Iddon, Glenda Jackson, Brian White, Mr Jim Cunningham and Andrew Mackinlay do prepare and bring it in.

7    Children's Television (Advertising) Bill,-Debra Shipley accordingly presented a Bill to prevent food and drink advertising during pre-school children's television programmes and related scheduling: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 11th July and to be printed [Bill 101].

8    Finance Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Finance Bill;

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Finance Bill because the provisions contained in its two volumes of 447 pages increase the burden of taxation on the economy, fail to take account of the effects of inflation and will lead to a further decline in the competitiveness and relative attractiveness of the UK as a location for investment', instead thereof.-(Mr Howard Flight.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Syms, Mr Mark Hoban: 149.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dan Norris, Jim Fitzpatrick: 379.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):-It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

9    Finance Bill (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 Finance Bill:

    Committal

    1.-(1) Clauses Nos. 1, 4, 5, 9, 14, 22, 42, 56, 57, 124, 130 to 135, 138, 139, 148 and 184 and Schedules Nos. 5, 6, 19, 21, 22 and 25, and any new Clauses and Schedules tabled by Friday 9th May 2003 relating to excise duty on spirits or R&D tax credits for oil exploration, shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House

    (2) The remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    2. Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in two days.

    3.-(1) Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 12th June 2003.

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

    4. When the provisions of the Bill considered, respectively, by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee have been reported to the House, the Bill shall be proceeded with as if it had been reported as a whole to the House from the Standing Committee.

    Other proceedings

    5. Any other proceedings on the Bill may be programmed-(Mr John Heppell);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Dan Norris: 331.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr Robert Syms: 198.

    So the Question was agreed to.

10    Work and Pensions,-Ordered, That Mr Andrew Mitchell be discharged from the Work and Pensions Committee and Mr Nigel Waterson be added to the Committee.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

Wednesday 7th May 2003

11    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Charlotte Atkins);

    And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock on Tuesday evening, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twenty-one minutes to One o'clock on Wednesday morning, till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.39 a.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 delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned date during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Friday 2nd May 2003

    1    Health Care and Associated Professions,-Health Professions Council (Practice Committees) (Constitution) Rules Order of Council 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1209), dated 1st May 2003 [Dr John Reid].

    2    Social Security,-Social Security and Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1189), dated 29th April 2003 [Mr Secretary Smith].

    3    Town and Country Planning,-Town and Country Planning (Costs of Inquiries etc.) (Examination in Public) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1179), dated 29th April 2003 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Tuesday 6th May 2003:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    4    Companies,-Draft Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) (Eligible Debt Securities) Regulations 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    5    Agriculture,-Organic Farming (England Rural Development Programme) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1235), dated 6th May 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    6    Education,-(1) Education (Prohibition from Teaching or Working with Children) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1184), and

    (2) General Teaching Council for England (Disciplinary Functions) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1186),

    dated 29th April 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    7    Food,-Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1182), dated 29th April 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    8    Social Security,-Social Security (Hospital In-Patients and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1195), dated 30th April 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

Other Papers:

    9    Convention on the Future of Europe,-Ninth Progress Report from the United Kingdom National Parliament Representatives to the Convention on the Future of Europe [The Speaker].

    10    Government Resources and Accounts,-Treasury Minute, dated 6th May 2003, directing the application of certain amounts as appropriations in aid of the Estimates for the year ending 31st March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

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

    (1) PPP in practice: National Savings and Investments' deal with Siemens Business Services, four years on, and

    (2) The New Electricity Trading Arrangements in England and Wales

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 626 and 624] [Clerk of the House].

    12    Police (Northern Ireland),-Seventh Report of the Oversight Commissioner [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    13    Public Expenditure,-Paper, entitled Public Expenditure: Statistical Analyses 2003-04 [by Command] [Cm. 5901] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    14    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the Petitions [26th March] [three Petitions] from Asif Moledina and others; Bill Sharp and others; and Ms Patel and others; [27th March] [one Petition] from residents of the Bolton South East constituency; [28th March] [two Petitions] from users of St Ives Pharmacy, Ashley Heath and other residents; and users of local pharmacies in the Christchurch community; [31st March] [one Petition] from Mr Ramanlal Patel and others; [1st April] [four Petitions] from residents of Huntingdon, Brampton and Kimbolton; constituents of Central Angus; residents of Coventry; and residents of Brandon, Suffolk and others; and [2nd April] [five Petitions] from Mr Robert Smith and others; residents of Abercromby, Aigburth, Arundel, Dingle, Everton, Granby, Smithdown and Vauxhall; residents of Brechin and district; pharmacists and their customers in the Brighton and Hove area and pharmacists and their customers in the Epsom and Ewell area against the unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    15    Road Traffic Reduction,-Reports prepared for the Secretary of State by-

    (1) Middlesborough Council,

    (2) Northumberland County Council,

    (3) Southampton City Council, and

    (4) the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead,

    containing assessments of levels of local road traffic, forecasts of traffic growth and targets for the reduction in levels of traffic or traffic growth [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    16    Supply Estimates, 2003-04,-(1) Main Supply Estimates and Summary Request for Supply for Central Government for 2003-04 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 648] [Mr Paul Boateng],

    (2) Supplementary Budgetary Information to the Supply Estimates for 2003-04 for Central Government [by Command] [Cm. 5797] [Mr Paul Boateng], and

    (3) Main Supply Estimates for 2003-04 for-

      (a) the Electoral Commission [by Command]; to be printed [No. 657] [The Speaker],

      (b) House of Commons Administration [by Act]; to be printed [No. 655] [The Speaker], and

      (c) the National Audit Office [by Act]; to be printed [No. 656] [Mr Alan Williams].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) Bill,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Malcolm Moss and Tony Wright from Standing Committee C (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr Richard Bacon and Mr Anthony D. Wright.

    2    Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Tony Wright from Standing Committee E (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr Anthony D. Wright.

    3    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 120) (House of Commons Paper No. 578) on Grants for local authorities classed as 'excellent' under the comprehensive performance assessment framework,-The Committee of Selection has discharged John Austin and Karen Buck from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Report); and nominated in substitution Ross Cranston and Huw Irranca-Davies.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [British Film Industry]; to be printed [No. 667-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry,-(1) First Joint Report from the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees [The Government's Proposals for Secondary Legislation under the Export Control Act] [being the Fourth Report from the Defence Committee, the Sixth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Fifth Report from the International Development Committee and the Seventh Report from the Trade and Industry Committee], with the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committees; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 620]; and

    (2) Second Joint Report from the Committees [Strategic Export Controls: Annual Report for 2001, Licensing Policy and Parliamentary Scrutiny] [being the Fifth Report from the Defence Committee, the Seventh Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Sixth Report from the International Development Committee and the Eighth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee], with the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committees; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 474]

    [Mr Roger Berry].

    3    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-iii] [Mr David Borrow].

    4    Lord Chancellor's Department,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department [Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS)]; to be printed [No. 614-iii] [Mr A. J. Beith].

    5    Statutory Instruments,-Eighteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 96-xviii] [Mr David Tredinnick].


[W.H., No. 55]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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