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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 13th May 2003

The House met at half-past Eleven 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 20th May.

2    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr George Stevenson reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 121) on Invest to Save Budget Round 5 Projects, Local e-Government Programme and e-Voting.

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

3    Food Colouring and Additives Bill,-The Order for reading the Food Colouring and Additives Bill a second time on Friday 16th May was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 20th June.

4    Street Furniture (Graffiti),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for local authorities to remove graffiti from street furniture owned by statutory undertakers; to enable local authorities to recover costs from the statutory undertakers; and for connected purposes: And that Siobhain McDonagh, Laura Moffatt, Barbara Follett, Mr Barry Gardiner, Jeff Ennis, Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Tom Watson, Jonathan Shaw, John Mann, Geraint Davies, Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) and Shona McIsaac do prepare and bring it in.

5    Street Furniture (Graffiti) Bill,-Siobhain McDonagh accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for local authorities to remove graffiti from street furniture owned by statutory undertakers; to enable local authorities to recover costs from the statutory undertakers; and for connected purposes: 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 106].

6    Finance Bill (Programme) (No. 3),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That in accordance with the Resolution of the Programming Committee of 12th May and pursuant to the Programme Order of 6th May relating to the Finance Bill (proceedings in Committee), as amended by the Order of 8th May-

    (1) proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be taken on each of the two days allowed by the Order as shown in the second column of the following Table, and shall be taken in the order so shown;

    (2) proceedings on the first day shall be brought to a conclusion six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion for this Order or, if earlier, at the conclusion of the proceedings set down for that day; and

    (3) proceedings on the second day shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill

DayProceedings
First dayClauses Nos. 1, 4, 5, 9, 14, 22, 42 and 56, Schedule No. 5, Clause No. 57, Schedule No. 6, Clause No. 124, Schedule No. 19
Second dayClauses Nos. 130 to 135, 138, 139 and 148, Schedule No. 25, Clause No. 184, new Clauses tabled by Friday 9th May 2003 relating to excise duty on spirits or R&D tax credits for oil exploration-(Dawn Primarolo);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Mr Phil Woolas: 244.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Syms, Mr Mark Hoban: 137.

    So the Question was agreed to.

7    Finance Bill [1st allotted day],-The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Finance Bill (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 and 25, and any new Clauses and Schedules tabled by Friday 9th May relating to excise duty on spirits or R&D tax credits for oil exploration).

    (In the Committee)

    Clause No. 1 (Rates of tobacco products duty).

    Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 2, line 4, leave out '141.10' and insert '137.26'.-(Mr Stephen O'Brien.)

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

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 4 (Rates of hydrocarbon oil duties).

    Amendment (No. 60) proposed, in page 3, line 20, to leave out '0.2710' and insert '0.1890'.-(Mr Michael Jack.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Syms, Hugh Robertson: 175.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Derek Twigg: 289.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 5 (Rebates on hydrocarbon oil duties).

    Amendment (No. 4) proposed, in page 3, line 27, to leave out '0.0422' and insert '0.0322'.-(Mr Stephen O'Brien.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Syms, Hugh Robertson: 174.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Derek Twigg: 281.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 9 (Bingo duty).

    Amendment (No. 6) proposed, in page 6, line 22, to leave out the words '15 per cent' and insert the words '4 per cent'.-(Mr Stephen O'Brien.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mrs Cheryl Gillan: 134.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Jim Murphy, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 336.

    Amendments (Nos. 70 and 71) made.

    Clause, as amended, agreed to.

    Clause No. 14 agreed to.

    Clause No. 22 (Non-business use of business property).

    Question put, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dan Norris, Charlotte Atkins: 304.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mrs Cheryl Gillan: 168.

    It being more than six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to Finance Bill (Programme) (No. 3), the Chairman proceeded to put forthwith the remaining questions necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001, 29th October 2002 and this day].

    Question put, That Clauses Nos. 42 and 56, Schedule No. 5 and Clause No. 57 stand part of the Bill.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dan Norris, Charlotte Atkins: 309.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Mark Hoban: 163.

    Schedule No. 6 (Stamp duty land tax: disadvantaged areas relief).

    Amendment (No. 72) proposed, in page 165, line 11, to leave out the words 'appointed day' and insert the words 'implementation date'.-(Dawn Primarolo.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dan Norris, Charlotte Atkins: 305.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Robert Syms: 163.

    Question put, That Schedule No. 6, as amended, Clause No. 124 and Schedule No. 19 stand part of the Bill.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dan Norris, Charlotte Atkins: 300.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Robert Syms: 158.

    The Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


      The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Jim Murphy reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.

      Committee again to-morrow.

    8    Adjournment (Whitsun),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic adjournments), That this House, at its rising on Thursday 22nd May, do adjourn until Tuesday 3rd June-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

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

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

    [Adjourned at 8.38 p.m.

    Michael J. Martin
    Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

    Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

      1    Financial Services and Markets,-Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Communications by Actuaries) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1294), dated 12th May 2003 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

      2    Magistrates' Courts,-Magistrates' Courts (Miscellaneous Amendments) Rules 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1236), dated 6th May 2003 [by Act] [Yvette Cooper].

    Other Papers:

      3    Development of Tourism,-(1) Statement of appointment and salary of Martin George as a member of the British Tourist Authority Board, and

      (2) Statement of appointment and salary of Suzanne Bond, Tim Cantle-Jones, John Govett and Brian Summers as members of the English Tourist Board

      [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

      4    Financial Reporting to Parliament,-Departmental Report 2003: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2003-04 to 2005-2006 for

      (1) Department for International Development [by Command] [Cm. 5914] [Ms Sally Keeble], and

      (2) National Savings and Investments [by Command] [Cm. 5930] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    Papers withdrawn:

      5    Development of Tourism,-Statement of appointment and salary of Martin George as a member of the British Tourist Authority Board [laid 7th May].

    APPENDIX II

    Standing Committees

      1    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 118) on Special Grant for Local Authorities Rated Excellent and 3* Education Performers and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 119) on Special Grant for the Excellence in Cities and Excellence Cluster Programmes,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Greg Pope and Geraldine Smith from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Reports); and nominated in substitution Mr George Howarth and Mr Dave Watts.

      2    Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2003 and The Armed Forces (Review of Search and Seizure) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Mike Hancock from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Paul Keetch.

    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-iii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

      2    Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Defence Procurement]; to be printed [No. 694-i] [Mr Bruce George].

      3    Draft Corruption Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Corruption Bill; to be printed [No. 705-i] [Mr Richard Shepherd].

      4    Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education for Sustainable Development Sub-Committee of the Environmental Audit Committee [Learning the Sustainability Lesson]; to be printed [No. 472-vi] [Mr John Horam].

      5    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Maternity Services Sub-Committee of the Health Committee [Inequalities in Access to Maternity Services]; to be printed [No. 696-i] [Julia Drown].

      6    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Asylum Applications]; to be printed [No. 692-ii] [Mr Chris Mullin].

      7    International Development,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee on 7th May [Trade and Development: Aspects of the Doha Agenda]; to be printed [No. 400-x and -xi];

      (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 8th May [Trade and Development: Aspects of the Doha Agenda]; to be printed [No. 400-xii, -xiii and -xiv]; and

      (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Trade and Development: Aspects of the Doha Agenda]; to be printed [No. 400-xv]

      [Tony Baldry].

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

      9    Treasury,-(1) Seventh Report from the Treasury Committee [The 2003 Budget], with the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 652];

      (2) Fifth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, on The Handling of the Joint Inland Revenue/Customs and Excise STEPS PFI Project]; to be printed [No. 706]; and

      (3) Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 3rd July, 23rd October and 18th December 2002 [Regional Spending]; to be printed [No. 234-ii]

      [Mr John McFall].


    [W.H., No. 58]

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

      Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Nick Ainger);

      And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

    [Adjourned at 4.51 p.m.

    Sir Alan Haselhurst   
    Deputy Speaker      


    CORRIGENDUM

      In the Votes and Proceedings of Monday 12th May, in Appendix I, Item 8, relating to the Conditional Fee Agreements (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1240), should not have appeared. These Regulations were laid on Wednesday 7th May, as recorded in the Votes and Proceedings for that day.



 
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