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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 9th September 2003

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

PRAYERS.

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

    Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Tuesday 16th September.

2    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2003.

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

3    Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    Draft Gambling Bill (Joint Committee),-The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of eight Lords to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons, to consider and report on any draft Gambling Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown;

    They have ordered that the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

    That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

    That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

    That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

    That the reports of the Committee from time to time shall be printed, notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

    And that the Committee do report on the draft Bill by 8th April 2004;

    And they propose that the Committee do meet with the Committee appointed by the Commons on Tuesday 16th September at half-past Nine o'clock in Committee Room 3.

4    Skin Piercing,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for cosmetic body piercing and micropigmentation; and for connected purposes: And that Ms Gisela Stuart, Ms Meg Munn, Richard Burden, Mr Philip Hammond, Dr Evan Harris and Ann Coffey do prepare and bring it in.

5    Skin Piercing Bill,-Ms Gisela Stuart accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for cosmetic body piercing and micropigmentation; and for connected purposes: 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 155].

6    Opposition Day [15th allotted day],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Military Situation in Iraq,-Resolved, That this House takes note of the military situation in Iraq.-(Mr Bernard Jenkin.)

    Teacher Shortages,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that thousands of teaching posts have been lost in schools as a result of this year's funding crisis; condemns the Government for failing to respond early enough to reports of these redundancies, instead seeking to lay the blame on local authorities; further condemns the Government for not using any of the Department for Education and Skills' underspent money to alleviate this crisis; further notes that schools are having to ask parents for regular contributions to alleviate cash shortages; is concerned about the effect of these redundancies among teachers and support staff on the implementation of the Workload Agreement; and urges the Government to simplify the funding system for schools so that there will be no repeat of this year's problems in the recruitment and retention of teachers-(Mr Damian Green);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'applauds the significant increase in funding made available by the Government to schools since 1997 and the increase in standards schools have achieved; recognises that schools have had extra costs as well as extra investment this year; welcomes the statement to the House on 17th July by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills announcing measures to bring stability to school funding in 2004-05 and 2005-06, including a guarantee of a minimum per pupil increase in funding for schools, and maintaining and inflation-proofing the income that schools will receive from the Standards Fund; supports the consultation his Department is undertaking with representatives of head teachers and local education authorities; welcomes the fact that there are around 25,000 more teachers in schools and over 80,000 more support staff than there were in 1997 and more teachers with Qualified Teacher Status in schools than at any time since 1984; acknowledges three years of rising recruitment to teacher training and the 3,000 more graduates who have accepted training places than this time last year; and welcomes a 25 per cent. fall in the number of unfilled teacher vacancies between 2002 and 2003', instead thereof.-(Mr David Miliband.)

    And the Question being proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

7    Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, proceedings on the Motions in the name of the Leader of the Opposition may be proceeded with, though opposed, until Eight o'clock-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

8    Teacher Shortages,-The Question being again proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question, the House resumed the adjourned Debate;

    Question put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Mark Field: 171.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Fraser Kemp: 277.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Vernon Coaker: 269.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Syms, Mr Mark Field: 169.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House applauds the significant increase in funding made available by the Government to schools since 1997 and the increase in standards schools have achieved; recognises that schools have had extra costs as well as extra investment this year; welcomes the statement to the House on 17th July by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills announcing measures to bring stability to school funding in 2004-05 and 2005-06, including a guarantee of a minimum per pupil increase in funding for schools, and maintaining and inflation-proofing the income that schools will receive from the Standards Fund; supports the consultation his Department is undertaking with representatives of head teachers and local education authorities; welcomes the fact that there are around 25,000 more teachers in schools and over 80,000 more support staff than there were in 1997 and more teachers with Qualified Teacher Status in schools than at any time since 1984; acknowledges three years of rising recruitment to teacher training and the 3,000 more graduates who have accepted training places than this time last year; and welcomes a 25 per cent. fall in the number of unfilled teacher vacancies between 2002 and 2003.

9    Adjournment (Conference Recess),-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 18th September, do adjourn till Tuesday 14th October-(Derek Twigg.)

10    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Our Mother of Mercy Nursing and Residential Home, County Down, for the reinstatement of permission for local churches to broadcast their services on the radio was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

    And the Motion having been made after Seven 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 four minutes to Nine o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 8.56 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    Customs and Excise,-Goods Infringing Intellectual Property Rights (Customs) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2316), dated 18th August 2003 [by Act] [John Healey].

    2    Defence,-(1) Armed Forces (Entry, Search and Seizure) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2273), dated 4th September 2003,

    (2) Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Armed Forces) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2315), dated 8th September 2003, and

    (3) Royal Air Force Terms of Service (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2305), dated 4th September 2003

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    3    Education,-Religious Character of Schools (Designation Procedure) (Independent Schools) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2314), dated 8th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    4    Fees and Charges,-(1) Kimberley Process (Fees) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2327), dated 8th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw]; and

    (2) Medicines for Human Use (Fees and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2321), dated 8th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    5    Landlord and Tenant,-(1) Leasehold Valuation Tribunals (Fees) (Revocation and Saving) (England) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2270), and

    (2) Leasehold Valuation Tribunals (Service Charges, Insurance or Appointment of Managers Applications) (Revocation and Saving) (England) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2269),

    dated 4th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    6    National Health Service,-National Health Service Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2322), dated 8th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    7    Public Health,-Care Standards Act 2000 (Domiciliary Care Agencies and Nurses Agencies) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2323), dated 8th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    8    Road Traffic,-(1) Motor Vehicles (Type Approval and Approval Marks) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2258), and

    (2) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Hertfordshire) (Borough of Dacorum) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2326),

    dated 8th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    9    Taxes,-Tonnage Tax (Training Requirement) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2320), dated 8th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    10    Value Added Tax,-Value Added Tax (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2318), dated 9th September 2003 [by Act] [John Healey].

Other Papers:

    11    Air Force (Constitution)-Queen's Order in respect of Royal Air Force Retired Pay and Pensions [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    12    Foreign and Commonwealth,-Paper, entitled A Constitutional Treaty for the EU: The British Approach to the European Union Intergovernmental Conference [by Command] [Cm. 5934] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    13    Police,-Report of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner to the Prime Minister and to the Scottish Ministers for 2002-03, [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1062] [The Prime Minister].

    14    Regulation of Investigatory Powers,-Reports of the-

    (1) Intelligence Services Commissioner, and

    (2) Interception of Communications Commissioner

    for 2002, [by Act]; to be printed [Nos.1048 and 1047] [The Prime Minister].

    15    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the:-

    (1) Ashington Education Action Zone,

    (2) New Addington Education Action Zone,

    (3) North East Lincolnshire (Grimsby) Education Action Zone,

    (4) North West Shropshire Education Action Zone,

    (5) Nottingham Education Action Zone, and

    (6) Withernsea and Southern Holderness Education Action Zone

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act];

to be printed [Nos. 1063, 1064, 1065, 1050, 1066 and 1067] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr Doug Naysmith from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Tom Harris.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Sixth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The British Film 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. 667] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Draft Civil Contingencies Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Civil Contingencies Bill; to be printed [Nos. 1074-i and -ii] [Dr Lewis Moonie].

    3    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Asylum Applications]; to be printed [No. 692-vi] [Mr John Denham].

    4    Trade and Industry,-(1) Fourteenth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Trade and Investment Opportunities with China and Taiwan], together with Appendices to the Report; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 128];

    (2) Fifteenth Report from the Committee [Retaining Retentions?]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 976]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Nuclear Sites and Radioactive Substances Bill]; to be printed [No. 968-ii]

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    5    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Transparency of Credit Card Charges]; to be printed [No. 962-iv] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 85]

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.-(Margaret Moran.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.26 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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