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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 15th July 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Hereford Markets Bill [Lords],-The Hereford Markets Bill [Lords] was read a second time and committed.

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

    Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Tuesday 9th September.

3    Welsh Grand Committee,-Mr Win Griffiths reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of the Draft Public Audit (Wales) Bill, referred to it on 8th July.

4    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mrs Irene Adams reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Education (Additional Secondary School Proposals) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1200).

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

5    National Minimum Wage (Tips),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend Regulation 31 of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 so that amounts paid by customers by way of service charge, tip, gratuity or cover charge whether paid to employees through the payroll or by any other method are excluded from payments taken into account as remunerations contributing to the National Minimum Wage: And that Mr Michael Connarty, Jim Dobbin, John Robertson, Mr Dennis Skinner, Vera Baird, Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Bill Tynan, Mr Jimmy Hood, Linda Gilroy, Mr Bob Blizzard and Angela Eagle do prepare and bring it in.

6    National Minimum Wage (Tips) Bill,-Mr Michael Connarty accordingly presented a Bill to amend Regulation 31 of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 so that amounts paid by customers by way of service charge, tip, gratuity or cover charge whether paid to employees through the payroll or by any other method are excluded from payments taken into account as remunerations contributing to the National Minimum Wage: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 21st November and to be printed [Bill 150].

7    Sexual Offences Bill [Lords],-The Sexual Offences Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time.

8    Sexual Offences Bill [Lords] (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 Sexual Offences Bill [Lords]:

    Committal

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 14th October 2003.

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

    Consideration and Third Reading

    4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

    6. Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

    Other proceedings

    7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of any message from the Lords) may be programmed-(Joan Ryan);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Bridget Prentice, Mr Vernon Coaker: 320.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Syms, Hugh Robertson: 140.

    So the Question was agreed to.

9    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2003, which were laid before this House on 19th June, be approved-(Charlotte Atkins):-It was agreed to.

10    Government Trading Funds,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Land Registry Trading Fund (Extension and Amendment) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 19th June, be approved-(Charlotte Atkins):-It was agreed to.

11    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) Mrs A. Crumpler and others for medical guidelines for diagnosing and treating reflex sympathetic dystrophy; and

    (2) residents of West Wiltshire and others for faster setting of minimum sentences

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

12    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Charlotte Atkins.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.44 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 Negative Resolution:

    1    Immigration,-Asylum Support Appeals (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1735), dated 10th July 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    2    Income Tax,-(1) Capital Allowances (Energy-saving Plant and Machinery) (Amendment) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1744), and

    (2) Charitable Deductions (Approved Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations (S.I., 2003, No. 1745)

    dated 15th July 2003 [by Act] [John Healey].

    3    Social Security,-Social Fund Winter Fuel Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1737), dated 11th July 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

Other Papers:

    4    British Library,-Report and Accounts of the British Library Board for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 810] [Clerk of the House].

    5    Broadcasting,-Report and Accounts of the British Broadcasting Corporation for 2002-03 [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    6    Crime and Disorder,-Review of the Youth Justice Board for 2002-03 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    7    Culture, Media and Sport,-Paper, entitled Modernising Britain's gambling laws: Draft Gambling Bill [by Command] [Cm. 5878][Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    8    Data Protection,-Report and Accounts of the Information Commissioner for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 727] [Clerk of the House].

    9    Education,-Accounts of-

    (1) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, and

    (2) the Teacher Training Agency

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 992 and 994] [Clerk of the House].

    10    Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland),-Accounts of the Staff Commission for Education and Library Boards for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    11    Government Resources and Accounts,-Report and Accounts of the-

    (1) Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 898] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    (2) Defence Dental Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 987] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    (3) Defence Medical Training Organisation for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 824] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    (4) Defence Secondary Care Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 823] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    (5) Defence Storage and Distribution Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 732] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (6) Government Car and Despatch Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 938] [Mr Douglas Alexander],

    (7) Forensic Science Northern Ireland for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 959] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    (8) HM Prison Service for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No.885] [Mr Secretary Blunkett],

    (9) Maritime and Coastguard Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 863] [Mr Secretary Darling],

    (10) Pesticides Safety Directorate for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 856] [Secretary Margaret Beckett], and

    (11) Planning Inspectorate for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 678] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    12    Government Trading Funds,-Report and Accounts of-

    (1) ABRO,

    (2) the Medicines Control Agency, and

    (3) OGCbuying.solutions

    for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 840, 756 and 868] [Clerk of the House].

    13    Housing,-Reports and Accounts for 2002-03 of-

    (1) Castle Vale Housing Action Trust,

    (2) Liverpool Housing Action Trust,

    (3) Stonebridge Housing Action Trust, and

    (4) Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    14    Medicines,-Reports of the Medicines Commission, Committee on Safety of Medicines, Advisory Board on the Registration of Homoeopathic Products, Veterinary Products Committee, the British Pharmacopoeia Commission, the Independent Review Panel for Advertising and the Independent Review Panel for Borderline Products for 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    15    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Defence: Compensation claims [by Act]; to be printed [No. 957] [Clerk of the House].

    16    National Lottery,-(1) Accounts of-

    (i) the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Distribution, and

    (ii) the Sports Council for Wales Lottery Distribution

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 991 and 998] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (2) Report and Accounts of the Millennium Commission for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 854] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    17    Northern Ireland,-Report and Accounts of the-

    (1) Driver Vehicle Testing Agency,

    (2) Land Registers of Northern Ireland, and

    (3) The Planning Service

    for 2002-03, with Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [Nos. 930, 1008 and 970] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    18    Postal Services,-Report of the Postal Services Commission for 2002-03 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 923] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    19    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [1st July] from residents of east Hertfordshire, north and west Essex and the surrounding communities against proposals to construct more runways at Stansted Airport [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    20    Registration Service,-Review of the Registrar General on marriages, divorces and adoptions in England and Wales, 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    21    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the Salford & Trafford Education Action Zone for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1014] [Clerk of the House].

    22    Sex Discrimination,-(1) Account of the Equal Opportunities Commission for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 997] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (2) Report of the Equal Opportunities Commission for 2002-03 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    23    Social Security,-Report of the Secretary of State on the standards of decision making in the Benefits Agency, Child Support Agency and Employment Service for 2001-02 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 880] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    24    Transport,-Accounts of the Strategic Rail Authority for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1009] [Clerk of the House].

    25    Utilities,-Accounts of the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council (Energywatch) for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 993] [Clerk of the House].

    26    Work and Pensions,-Paper entitled, International Labour Conference: Presentation of a Protocol and two Recommendations adopted at the 90th Session of the International Labour Conference (2002) and the Proposed action by Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the Protocol and Recommendations [by Command] [Cm. 5870] [Mr Secretary Smith].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [BBC Report and Accounts 2002-03]; to be printed [No. 984-i] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-(1) Tenth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism]; together 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. 405];

    (2) Eleventh Report from the Committee [Gibraltar]; together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1024]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Decision to go to War in Iraq]; to be printed [No. 1025-i]

    [Donald Anderson].

    3    Home Affairs,-(1) Second Special Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, on Asylum Removals]; to be printed [No. 1006]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Home Office Departmental Report 2003]; to be printed [No. 1007-i]

    [Mr John Denham].

    4    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [The UK Government Response to the Report of the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights]; to be printed [No. 1013-i] [Tony Colman].

    5    Lord Chancellor's Department,-(1) Third Report from the Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department [Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS)]; together 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. 614]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Lord Chancellor's Departments Departmental Report 2002-2003]; to be printed [No. 903-i]

    [Mr A. J. Beith].

    6    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [ODPM Annual Report and Accounts 2003]; to be printed [No. 900-ii]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Draft Housing Bill]; to be printed [No. 751-vi]

    [Andrew Bennett].

    7    Select Committees (Choice of Chairman),-Mr John Denham reported from the Home Affairs Committee, That he had been chosen as Chairman of the Committee.

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

    9    Trade and Industry,-(1) Twelfth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [The UK Biotechnology Industry]; together with 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. 87];

    (2) Thirteenth Report from the Committee [The Government Reply to the Committee's Sixth Report, on the White Paper on Modernising Company Law]; together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1022];

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Executive Remuneration]; to be printed [No. 914-iii]; and

    (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Report of the Aerospace Innovation and Growth Team]; to be printed [No. 1023-i]

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    10    Treasury,-(1) Ninth Report from the Treasury Committee [Appointment of Ms Rachel Lomax as a Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and member of the Monetary Policy Committee]; together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1011]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Bank of England]; to be printed [No. 1012]

    [Mr John McFall].


[W.H., No. 82]

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.-(Paul Clark.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.29 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker


CORRIGENDA

    In the Votes and Proceedings for Monday 14th July-

    (1) in item 7 (Communications Bill), the entry relating to Lords Amendment No. 130 should have read as follows:

    Lords Amendment No. 130.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment-(Secretary Tessa Jowell);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Heppell, Paul Clark: 314.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mark Francois, Hugh Robertson: 175.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

    (2) after item 18 the following item should be inserted:

    Welsh Affairs,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That Mr Bill Wiggin be discharged from the Welsh Affairs Committee and that Mr Nigel Evans be added-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection);

    The Motion was opposed.



 
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