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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Friday 4th July 2003

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

1    The Speaker's Absence,-The House being met, and the Speaker having leave of absence pursuant to paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 3 (Deputy Speaker), Sylvia Heal, the First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means, proceeded to the Table.

PRAYERS.

2    The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means took the Chair as Deputy Speaker.

3    Physical Punishment of Children (Prohibition) Bill,-Geraint Davies, supported by Ms Karen Buck, Ms Debra Shipley, Mr Harold Best, Mrs Janet Dean, Harry Cohen, Linda Perham, Mr Greg Pope and Jane Griffiths, presented a Bill to make provision about the physical punishment of children: 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 143].

4    Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Bill.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 4 were agreed to.

5    Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee.

    Amendment (No. 1) made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 4) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 11, after the word 'of', to insert the word 'significant'.-(Mr Christopher Chope.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 2) made to the Bill.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

6    Legal Deposit Libraries Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Legal Deposit Libraries Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Exemption from liability: deposit of publications etc.)-(Chris Mole)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Exemption from liability: activities in relation to publications)-(Chris Mole)-brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Limitations on application)-(Mr Malcolm Moss)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Amendments (Nos. 1 to 16 and 19) made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 17) proposed to the Bill, in page 6, line 38, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(7A) Regulations under section 1(4) or 6 may not be made so as to apply to works published before the regulations are made.

    (7B) Regulations under section 1(4) or 6 may not be made unless the Secretary of State considers that the costs likely to be incurred as a result of the regulations by persons who publish works to which the regulations relate are not disproportionate to the benefit to the public arising from the delivery of copies of such works.

    (7C) Regulations under section 1(4), 6, 7 or (Exemption from liability: activities in relation to publications)(5) may not be made unless the Secretary of State considers that the regulations do not unreasonably prejudice the interests of persons who publish works to which the regulations relate.'.-(Chris Mole.)

    Amendments ((a) and (b)) made to the proposed Amendment.

    Amendment, as amended, made to the Bill.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 18 and 20) made to the Bill.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

7    Sustainable Energy Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Sustainable Energy Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Target for Electricity Generated from Renewable Sources)-(Mr Christopher Chope)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Amendment (No. 7) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 2, to leave out from the word 'household' to the end of line 3 and insert the words 'which needs to spend more than 10 per cent. of its income on fuel costs to heat its home to an adequate standard of warmth.

    ( ) In this section an adequate standard of warmth means 21°C in the living room and 18°C in other occupied rooms.', instead thereof.-(Mr Christopher Chope.)

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

    Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 3, at the end, to insert the words-

    '( ) For the purposes of this section "sustainable energy" is to be regarded as including nuclear power.'.-(Mr Christopher Chope.)

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

    Another Amendment (No. 9) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 7, at the end, to insert the words 'in respect of residential accommodation and at least one energy efficiency aim in respect of office accommodation.'.-(Mr Christopher Chope.)

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

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

8    High Hedges (No. 2) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for further consideration of the High Hedges (No. 2) Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee;

    And it being half-past Two o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the business.

    Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Friday 11th July.

9    Emergency Broadcasting System Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Emergency Broadcasting System Bill;

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 11th July.

10    Telecommunications Masts (Railways) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Telecommunications Masts (Railways) Bill;

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 11th July.

11    Equality Bill [Lords],-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Equality Bill [Lords];

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 11th July.

12    Local Communities Sustainability Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Local Communities Sustainability Bill;

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 11th July.

13    Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill;

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 11th July.

14    Government Powers (Limitations) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Government Powers (Limitations) Bill;

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 11th July.

15    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Gillian Merron);

    And the Motion having been made after half-past Two o'clock, 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 two minutes past Three o'clock, till Monday 7th July.

[Adjourned at 3.02 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    1    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1684), dated 3rd July 2003 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

    2    Foreign Affairs,-Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2002-03, on The Biological Weapons Green Paper [by Command] [Cm. 5857] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    3    Pensions,-Report and Accounts of the Pensions Compensation Board for the period from 6th April 2002 to 5th April 2003, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 843] [Clerk of the House].

    4    Royal Armouries,-Report by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport of Contingent Liabilities under the Government Indemnity Scheme relating to the Royal Armouries [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    5    Treaty Series (No. 20, 2003),-Exchange of Notes, done at Abuja on 27th March 2003, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria concerning Certain Commercial Debts (The United Kingdom/Nigeria Debt Agreement No. 4 (2000)) [by Command] [Cm. 5862] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Robert Syms from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Mark Field.

    2    Draft Insolvency Act 1986 (Amendment) (Administrative Receivership and Urban Regeneration etc.) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Henry Bellingham and Hugh Robertson from the Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Michael Fabricant and Mr Mark Field.

    3    Draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 and the draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Angela Watkinson from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr David Wilshire.

    4    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Database Protection Agreement between the United Kingdom on behalf of the Isle of Man and the European Community) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Andrew Robathan and Hugh Robertson from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Peter Bottomley and Mr John Horam.



 
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